Guest Blogger: CFP Feminism, Disability, and Bioethics

by Endless Screed

I thought since the blog was getting so many hits on the bioethics topics that some readers might be interested in this CFP.  It is not due until April 30 and might be an ideal place to turn a post for the disability carnival into a pub. 😀

Special Issue of International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

From Margin to Center: Feminist Disability Studies and/in Feminist Bioethics

In recent years, work done in mainstream bioethics has been challenged by the emerging field of disability studies. A growing number of disability theorists and activists point out that the views about disability and disabled people that mainstream bioethicists have articulated on matters such as prenatal testing, stem cell research, and physician-assisted suicide incorporate significant misunderstandings about them and amount to an institutionalized form of their oppression. While some feminist bioethicists have paid greater attention to the perspectives and arguments of disabled people than other bioethicists, these perspectives and arguments are rarely made central. Feminist disability theory remains marginalized even within feminist bioethics.


This issue of IJFAB will go some distance to move feminist disability studies from the margins to the center of feminist bioethics by highlighting the contributions to and interventions in bioethics that feminist disability studies is uniquely situated to make. The guest editor seeks contributions to the issue on any topic related to feminist disability studies and bioethics, including (but not limited to):

  • Critiques of bioethics by feminist disability theorists from within feminist bioethics
  • The relevance of feminist disability studies in developing countries
  • What’s still missing from feminist arguments in the debates about stem cell research and other forms of biotechnology
  • The importance of perspectives of disabled embodiment in feminist bioethics
  • How the critiques of bioethics advanced in disability studies are gendered
  • The integration of political analyses of disability into feminist bioethics
  • The critique of notions of normalcy embedded in (feminist) bioethics
  • The reevaluation of feminist approaches to care from a feminist disability studies perspective

Articles should be 3,000 – 8,000 words in length. Shorter pieces written for the Commentaries section of the issue should be 2,000-3,000 words in length. All submissions should be double-spaced, prepared for anonymous review (no identifying references in the body of the text or bibliography), accompanied by an abstract of 150 words, and prepared in accordance with the journal’s style guidelines which are posted on the IJFAB website.

Contact information – email address, street address, and affiliation (if applicable) – should appear on a separate page which also includes a statement verifying that the work has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions should be sent as email attachments in Microsoft Word or rtf to Shelley Tremain at s.tremain@yahoo.ca

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2009. The guest editor strongly encourages authors to contact her before completing their submissions.

Oh a Conferencing We’ll Go. UCLA 10th Aniv. Queer Studies Conference

 

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Los Angeles Queer Studies Conference 2008: Tenth Anniversary

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When: Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2008
Where: Royce Hall, UCLA
More Info: LGBTS office at 310 206 0516 or lgbs@humnet.ucla.edu
Cost: Conference is Free, Parking $8/dy

One of the best things about this year’s conference is Cheryl Dunye will be there to discuss the Outfest Legacy Project (from Outfest and UCLA) and the archiving of her films with them. Dunye’s film the Watermelon Woman is a staple in many of my queer courses precisely because of the ways it challenges decision-making behind archives, false divisions between race and sexuality, gender and sexuality, and issues of class. I also use it in my methods course when we do the historiography secton to think about what documents are saved and why and how historians can also be change agents.

 

Adelina Anthony will also be performing. If you have not seen her work yet, you should.  Every time I open an email announcing a fundraiser or a conference these days or get a magazine in the mail Adelina’s face is on the cover. I find her work thought provoking, funny, and challenging to mainstream sensibilities. Her multi-media performances are also far more complex and entertaining than the reviews or articles I have read which tend to focus on single sensational aspects (usually that her queerness intersects with her Latina identity – wow, I mean . . . really? how unique . . . there are actual Xueers and they are talented and sometimes brilliant in their depictions . . . you don’t say?!) while still providing praise for her work. Go see her performance for yourselves and let us know what you think.

Here is the full conference schedule:

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
FRIDAY
1:00-2:30 Plenary PanelDiasporic Sexualities
314 Royce

 

Jafari Sinclaire Allen, Yale University, Anthropology and African American Studies
“Find Yourself a Friend”: Black Resistance and Self-making

Gayatri Gopinath, NYU, Social and Cultural Analysis
Queer Regions

Rinaldo Walcott, University of Toronto, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Queer Returns: Human Rights, the Anglo-Caribbean, and Diaspora Politics

2:45-3:45 Plenary Panels A: Queer Art and Visual Culture
314 Royce

 

Catherine Lord, UC Irvine, Art
Richard Meyer, University of Southern California, Art History
Art and Queer Culture: A Collaboration

B: Trans Studies Meets Queer Studies
306 Royce
Moderator: Talia Bettcher, Cal State, Los Angeles, Philosophy

Jacob Hale, Cal State Northridge, Philosophy
Title to be announced

Viviane Namaste, Concordia University, Simone de Beauvoir Institute
Trans Studies and Queer Studies: Intersections in English, Collisions in Other Languages?

4:00-5:30 Panel Session OneGender Variance
Moderator: David Valentine, University of Minnesota, Anthropology

 

Sofía Ruiz-Alfaro, Franklin & Marshall College, Spanish
Masculinities at War: Mexico Marimacho and the Female Soldier

Reid Uratani, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Political Science
Problematizing Paradise: The Hawaiian Transgender Body as a Site of Colonization

Laurel Westbrook, UC Berkeley, Sociology
Producing Transgender: The Defining and Promotion of the Term “Transgender” in the Trans Community Press

Recent Scholarship on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy
Organized by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of LawDoug NeJaime, Sears Law Teaching Fellow, UCLA, Williams Institute
Cause Lawyering in the “Culture War”

 

Naomi Goldberg, Cooper Public Policy Fellow, UCLA, Williams Institute
Gay Boomers: Inequalities Facing Gays and Lesbians in Retirement

Michael Steinberger, Public Policy Fellow, UCLA, Williams Institute
Wage and Employment Differences by Sexual Orientation

Avant Garde Art
Moderator: Richard Meyer, University of Southern California, Art HistoryClaire Ruud, Southwestern University, Art History
Queer Adventures: Feminist and Queer Impulses in Eleanor Antin’s 1976 Adventures of a Nurse

 

Robert Summers, UCLA, Art History
Pictures that Queer: Politics/Aesthetics of Mourning

Queering US History
Moderator: Catherine Lord, UC Irvine, ArtKyla Schuller, UC San Diego, Literature
Dr. Queer, Medicine Man-Lady

 

L. Chase Smith, UC San Diego, Literature
Bawdy Amusements and the Undergarments of “Progress” at San Diego’s Panama-California Exposition (1915-1916)

Jennifer Worley, City College of San Francisco, English
“Street Power” and the Claiming of Public Space: San Francisco’s Vanguard Youth Group and Pre-Stonewall Queer Radicalism

5:30-6:30 Reception
306 Royce
6:30 Queer Performance
Macgowan Little TheaterAdelina Anthony
Mastering Sex and Tortillas!

 

My Barbarian

SATURDAY
9:00-10:30 Panel Session TwoDeceiving Constructions: Black Gendered Bodies in Art, Time, Space
Moderator: Jafari Sinclaire Allen, Yale University, Anthropology and African American Studies

 

Deborah Alkamano, University of Southern California, American Studies
“The Negation of the Negation”: Queer Cuts, Kara Walker’s Aesthetic

Talia Bettcher, Cal State Los Angeles, Philosophy
Gender Deception, Modesty, and Race

Jennifer DeClue, Cal State Los Angeles, Race, Gender, Media Studies
“Getting Aggressive”: A Black Feminist Reading of Daniel Peddle’s The Aggressives

Queer Musical GenealogiesJeremy Mikush, UCLA, Musicology
Magical Dreamers, Bewitching Gypsies: Voice and Power in the Queer Rock Diva

 

Zarah Ersoff, UCLA, Musicology
Velvet Goldmine’s
Queer Mythologies

Bethany Smith, University of Cincinnati, Musicology
“Girls in Tight Dresses Who Drag with Mustaches”: Musical Constructions of Lesbian Identities in The L Word

Queer Urbanity
Moderator: Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania, EnglishSam See, UCLA, English
Djuna Barnes’s Concentrated Camp

 

Geneva Gano, Stanford University, English
Race, Sex, and Queer Aesthetics in Nathanael West’s Los Angeles

James Landau, UCLA, English
Queer Diasporas: Reading Mobility in James Baldwin’s Another Country

Globalization and the Human
Moderator: Steven Epstein, UC San Diego, SociologyChaitanya Lakkimsetti, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Sociology
“How Should I Know That My Ass Belongs to the State?”  Globalization, Anti-Sodomy Law, and the Discursive Struggles around Homosexuality in Postcolonial India

 

Chantal Nadeau, Concordia University, Communication Studies
Queer Walls

Sybille N. Nyeck, UCLA, Political Science
Mobilizing Against the Invisible: Erotic Nationalism, Mass Media, Paranoia, and the Politics of Contempt in Cameroon

Mediated Queer Socialities and Identities
Moderator: Mary L. Gray, Indiana University, Communication and CultureJulie Rosso, Brown University, Modern Culture and Media
Labors of Love: Economies of Identity in The L Word’s Fan-Driven Online Promotions

 

Alexis Lothian, University of Southern California, English
Doing Boys Like They’re Girls, and Other (Trans)Gendered Subjects: The Queer Subcultural Politics of “Genderfuck” Fan Fiction

Jill A. Bakehorn, UC Davis, Sociology
Bordering on Activism: Authenticity and Identity Politics in Women-Made Porn

10:45-12:15 Plenary PanelWomen on Women
314 Royce

 

Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania, English
Gyn/Apology

Juana María Rodríguez, UC Berkeley, Gender and Women’s Studies
Sex, Sociality and Other Queer Possibilities

Valerie Traub, University of Michigan, English and Women’s Studies
Early Modern Sex Acts

 

12:15-1:15

Lunch
1:15-2:45 Plenary PanelQueer Studies in the Social Sciences: Ethics, Politics, Epistemics
314 Royce

 

Steven Epstein, UC San Diego, Sociology
Queer Biocitizenship: Biomedicine, Sexuality, and Politics

Mary L. Gray, Indiana University, Communication and Culture
Engaging Vulnerable Subjects: Queering Social Science Research at the Twilight of the Public University

David Valentine, University of Minnesota, Anthropology
Becoming An Other, or: How My Methodology Gave Me an Identity

3:00-4:30 Panel Session ThreeAlternative Kinships

 

Yin-Chin Chen, University of Oregon, Journalism
Bodies and Spaces: Transnational Ethnic and Sexual Identities in Saving Face

Yael Mishali, Tel Aviv University, Cultural Studies
My Mother’s Daughter or: Could I be a Mizrahi Lesbian?

Alvin Ka Hin Wong, UC San Diego, Literature
Queering the Sinophone: Alternative Kinships at the Margin of Chineseness

Thinking Race and Sex
Moderator: Viviane Namaste, Concordia University, Simone de Beauvoir InstituteStephen P. Dillon, University of Minnesota, American Studies
Unseen and Unknown: Neo-Liberalism, the Prison Industrial Complex, and Imprisoned Queer Political Logic

 

Jason H. Morse, University of Washington, English
Mediation Matters: Rethinking Representation as a Critical Analytic of Racial and Sexual Subjectivities

Yumi Pak, UC San Diego, Literature
Chester Himes’s Yesterday Will Make You Cry

The Queer Past
Moderator: Valerie Traub, University of Michigan, English and Women’s StudiesWill Fisher, Lehman College, City University of New York, English
The Use of Flogging in Venereal Affairs: Sexual Flagellation in Early Modern England

 

Christine Gottlieb, UCLA, English
Intimacies in the Margins:  Grotesque Aging and Queer Friendships in the Writings of Montaigne, Swift, and Montagu

Bambi Lobdell, SUNY Oneonta, English and Women’s Studies
Queer Pioneer

Homonormativity and Nation
Moderator: Gayatri Gopinath, NYU, Social and Cultural AnalysisJih-Fei Cheng, University of Southern California, American Studies and Ethnicity
Sex, Crimes, and Punishment: A Tour of Duty

 

R. Benedito Ferrao, Birkbeck College, University of London, English
The Queer Case of the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom: Querying Queer Citizenship and Nation

Liz Montegary, UC Davis, Cultural Studies
The Exceptional Soldier: Homonationalism and the Fight to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

4:45-5:45 Plenary SessionChreyl Dunye in the Legacy Archive
314 Royce
5:45 Reception
306 Royce

 

Still Spaces in Female Masculinity Workshop

Here’s the info, but hurry if you are interested and able to afford the travel, there are only 100 slots total:

Invitation International Female Masculinities Symposium
September 5 & 6, 2008
Amsterdam School for Social science Research
University of Amsterdam

The international Female Masculinities symposium is a two-day transdisciplinary conference convened by Prof. Saskia Wieringa (UvA) and co-convened by Prof. Evelyn Blackwood (Purdue University). We would like to take this opportunity to invite students, academics and activists to the symposium, which will take place on September 5 and 6 at the University of Amsterdam.


Researching Female Masculinities

Gradually a world wide academic interest in transgender issues has come into focus. However, gender ambiguity in female bodied individuals has generally been marginalized. These issues have hardly been studied from an interdisciplinary and cross cultural perspective.


Female masculinity poses pertinent questions on identity, subjectivity, the body and gender, particularly on the dominant forms of gender binarism. This symposium aims to bring international specialists in the field of female masculinities together to share their knowledge and discuss future plans. We hope to reflect on fundamental questions concerning heteronormativity in societies and the construction of dominant masculinities. Furthermore, the construction of femininity in relation to gender transgressive individuals and their negotiation of both masculinity and femininity in diverse cultural formations will come to the attention. In this way, we intend to look at gender and sexual ambiguity from a cross cultural, historical and interdisciplinary perspective.

Themes
– The representation of female masculinity
– Identity and subjectivity
– The body, embodiment and health
– Sexuality and violence
– Female masculinity and same-sex relationships

Participants
The participants in this conference are academics and/or activists in the field of (trans) gender studies. Among the speakers there are academics and activists in the field of anthropology, history, psychology, women’s studies, culture and media studies. The fields of research and methodologies enclose ethnography, historical research, culture and media analysis, biographical research and juridical and medical discourses.

The following participants will be discussants and/or presenting their paper:

Antonia Young (UK)
Busi Kheswa (SA)
Evelyn Blackwood (USA)
Franco Lai (USA)
Geertje Mak (NL)
Gloria Wekker (NL)
Gwen van Husen (NL)
Joke Swiebel (NL)
Judith Halberstam (USA)
Judith Schuyf (NL)
Maya Sharma (IND)
Myriam Everard (NL)
Saskia Wieringa (NL)
Serena Owusua Dankwa (GH)
Sinta Situmorang (ID)
Sybille Ngo Nyeck (CM)

Language
All presentations and discussions will be in English.

Admission
Free of charge. Lunch not included.

Registration
Registration on beforehand is required (maximum 100 visitors).
Deadline for registration: Monday the 25th of August 2008
In order to register, please send an e-mail to: Dewi Vrenegoor (female.masculinities@iiav.nl)

After registration further information on the symposium (i.e. programme and location) will be provided by e-mail.

Inside-Out Prison Exchange: College Students and Prison Students Together

My students are generally not privileged enough for the inside of a prison, or a classroom shared with imprisoned people, to be as impactful as this event assumes, but I do have several colleagues whose research and student population may benefit from such an opportunity. Either way, it is an interesting attempt to shift prejudices produced by the prison-industrial-complex and to re-imagine “student” as well as pedagogy. As the number of women in prisons continue to climb, this conference and its opportunity for starting similar classes on other campuses, could prove of particular interest to innovative Women’s Studies faculty as well.

Here’s the announcement:

“The Inside-Out Prison Exchange: Expanding the Boundaries of Learning”

When: October 2nd -3rd , 2008
Where: IUPUI campus in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program was initially established at Temple University in Philadelphia in 1997 in order to create a dynamic partnership between institutions of higher learning and correctional systems.

Inside-Out classes bring college students together with incarcerated men and women to study as peers in a seminar held behind prison walls.

Inside-Out courses provide a life-altering experience that allows students to rethink what they have learned in the classroom, gaining insights that will help them to better pursue the goal of creating a more effective, humane and restorative criminal justice system. At the same time, the Inside-Out program challenges men and women on the inside to place their life experiences in a larger social context; it also rekindles their intellectual self-confidence and interest in further education, and encourages them to recognize their capacity as agents of change – in their own lives as well as in the broader community.

In 2003, supported by a Soros Justice Senior Fellowship, Inside-Out founder Lori Pompa took Inside-Out nationwide. The first Inside-Out National Instructor Training Institute, held in July 2004, was attended by instructors from a dozen states. To date, 57 instructors from 44 colleges and universities nationwide
have been trained in this pedagogical approach.

In Summer 2007, Jarjoura and Hyatt co-taught the first Inside-Out Indiana class at a local men’s facility, the Plainfield Re-entry Educational Facility (PREF). In Spring 2008, Jarjoura taught another class at PREF and during Summer 2008, Jarjoura and Hyatt co-taught a class at the Indiana Women’s Prison. At the conference, Inside-Out founder Lori Pompa will give a keynote address in the evening of Thursday, October 2nd. On
Friday, October 3rd , you will have the opportunity to meet both “outside” students (from IUPUI) and “inside” (incarcerated) students who have participated in these courses along with Inside-Out instructors from neighboring states who will discuss their experiences with this transformative pedagogy.

Inside-Out courses have been taught in a range of disciplines, including Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Political Science, English and History.

For more information, please contact us at: inout@iupui.edu

The cost of the conference is free for students, $10.00 for everyone else.

International and Area Studies Scholars Opportunity

The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
The Academy Scholars Program

The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, an endowed program established at Harvard University in 1986, announces its latest competition for Academy Scholarships. The Academy seeks outstanding scholars who are at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence with a command of the language, history or culture of non-Western countries or regions. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present.

Each year the Academy makes 4-5 two-year appointments to such individuals. Academy Scholars receive generous stipends, research and travel funding, and are provided with office space as well as administrative support at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. They have full access to all of Harvard’s academic resources and have no obligations except to pursue their research and studies. Some teaching is permitted but not required.

To be eligible, applicants must be recent recipients of the Ph.D. (or equivalent professional) degree or pursuing a doctoral candidacy and actively engaged in the final stages of writing the dissertation.

The Academy is particularly dependent on the assessment by faculty references of an applicant’s academic accomplishments and scholarly potential. Please feel free to contact the Academy Program at any time for more information. You are encouraged to check our website,
http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/academy, as well.

Deadline: October 10, 2008

CFP: Sex, Rights and the Law in a World with AIDS

Request for Abstracts: Sex, Rights and the Law in a World with AIDS

In partnership with aids2031, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) will convene a meeting in early 2009 entitled Sex, Rights and the Law in a World with AIDS. The conveners are soliciting abstracts of published or unpublished papers that capture research and/or experience on sexual behavior, sexual identity, human rights and the law as they relate to a long-term response to the AIDS epidemic. Research, program and advocacy-oriented papers are welcome. Ten to twelve of the submitted abstracts will be
selected by the conveners for presentation at the meeting.

The goal of the meeting is to identify effective strategies to address sexuality- and gender-related vulnerabilities to HIV. The objective of the meeting is to uncover existing strategies, generate innovative
thinking and develop recommendations on addressing: The complex social, legal and political obstacles to the successful prevention of sexually transmitted HIV, and the barriers to effective, gender-transformative and human rights-based approaches to treatment, care and support.

The meeting will produce succinct but thorough guidance for programs, policy and action. The meeting will take place over 2.5 days in late January/early February of 2009, location to be determined.

Abstracts
of no more than two pages (12 point, Arial font, 1 inch
margins) should include the following information:

  • Issues: A summary of the issue(s) addressed by the abstract;
  • Description: A description of the research, project, experience, service and/or advocacy; partners involved; and the extent to which this work captured new or marginalized voices;
  • Results/Lessons learned: Conclusions and implications of the research or project, especially for marginalized groups;
  • Conclusions and next steps: Main finding/results of effort, and possible next steps for future action and collaboration with additional partners.

Abstracts should be sent in PDF format to Ann Warner (awarner@icrw.org), by September 30, 2008. Abstract submissions will be reviewed and applicants notified regarding acceptance for the
workshop by October 31, 2008.

Completed papers are due to the conveners by December 15, 2008.

Direct travel expenses as well as room and board will be covered by the workshop host. Exact dates and
the venue for the three-day workshop will be finalized soon.

CFP: Journal of LGBT Health Research

 

Special edition on MSM and HIV

Jeffrey V. Lazarus and Srdan Matic of the World Health Organization will be guest editing a special issue of the Journal of LGBT Health Research for publication in the autumn of 2009. The issue will focus on MSM and HIV epidemiology, literacy, access to prevention, treatment and care, and psychosocial factors associated with heightened HIV risk in the 53 countries of the WHO European Region, with a focus on eastern Europe and central Asia. In particular, the Journal is interested in research papers, reviews and debate pieces that:

  • report on excellence and innovation in practice or the provision of services developed through unusual policy routes;
  • review access barriers such as criminalisation of homosexuality (official or de facto), the criminalisation of infection transmission, including travel restrictions for people living with HIV and other discriminatory legislation;
  • review interventions that can reduce access barriers, such as those listed above;
  • analyse focused policies and interventions targeting MSM who also belong to another vulnerable group, e.g. injecting drug users, migrants or sex workers;
  • address aspects of prevention which have faced institutional resistance in some countries, such as condom provision and promotion;
  • study HIV and opportunistic infections, in particular TB, or coinfections such as hepatitis B and C, in MSM populations;
  • report on surveillance, estimations or epidemiological aspects of HIV/AIDS and MSM.

Articles should be under 5000 words and will need to be submitted to the journal by 15 December 2008. However, please note that all papers will undergo a peer review process and there is no guarantee that submitted or commissioned papers will be published. Comments on papers will be returned to you, by March 2009. Final articles will need to be submitted by the end of May 2009. Authors should follow the journal’s submission guidelines at: www.haworthpress.com. Note that references must follow the Harvard system (author last name, year in body text).

 

If you are considering submitting a paper, or if you would like to discuss your planned contribution before submission, please do contact: jla@euro.who.int

For further information, please visit http://www.euro.who.int/aids

Mentorship Opps for Chican@s and Indigenous Students in the Sciences

The number of women and people of color (born in the US) tenured in the sciences is dismal. It is important that we are represented there not only because if you are interested in the sciences you should have the same encouragement as others but also because critical research on women and communities of color need input from the communities affected. Discussions of diversity related ethics in the sciences lag far behind other fields (except in the obvious, HSB standards).

SACNAS and MentorNet are partnering to provide mentorship opportunities for Chican@s and Indidgenous students in the California area. Not only will they provide mentorship during your program but they also have pedagogy training and help and internship programs. As in all departments in academe, having a core group of mentors and cohort can make all the difference. If you are interested click here.

More about SACNAS: Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science encourages Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for science research, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels. For 35 years, SACNAS has provided strong national leadership in improving and expanding opportunities for minorities in the scientific workforce and academia; mentoring college students within science, mathematics, and engineering; as well as, supporting quality precollege (K-12) science education. SACNAS’ annual national conference and precollege teacher training workshops, chapters program, postdoc and leadership initiatives, and online internship and job placement resources are tools that help a diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, professors, administrators, and precollege educators achieve expertise within their disciplines.

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CFP: This One Looks Good

THE 8TH ANNUAL CRITICAL RACE and ANTICOLONIAL STUDIES CONFERENCE OF RESEARCHERS AND ACADEMICS OF COLOUR FOR EQUALITY (R.A.C.E.)

NOVEMBER 7-9, 2008
Ryerson University, Toronto

RACE-ING HEGEMONIES, RESURGING IMPERIALISMS

THE CONFERENCE IS PRECEDED BY TWO WORKSHOPS:
WORKSHOP #1: GRADUATE STUDENTS OF COLOUR AND THE ACADEMY
WORKSHOP #2: FACULTY OF COLOUR

We are subject daily to revelations about the violence and hypocrisy behind the claims to democracy and human rights in the discourses of the new imperialism. Likewise, there is mounting evidence of the ravages wreaked by globalized capitalism on most of humanity. Despite this, imperialist wars and neoliberal globalized capitalism continue to enjoy hegemonic status in economic, political, social and cultural realms. acceptability of the forms of violence, destruction, injustices and inequalities are race and colonial logics whose force of destruction is borne by colonized and racialized groups, especially those who also face class and gender subordination. The conference aims to bring academics and activists together to critically explore the nature of these hegemonies and to build anti-racist and anti-colonial alliances. This conference has three goals:

  1. To build knowledge of the raced, classed and gendered nature of the issues
  2. To provide a more specific focus on how Canada and Canadians are implicated in these processes within their country and abroad
  3. To help build communities and practices of resistance against racism, colonialism, imperialism and neoliberal globalized capitalism.

We invite panels and papers, and proposals for practitioner roundtables, from scholars and activists/ practitioners whose work examines any aspect of the racist and colonial logics of the hegemonies of our time, including but not restricted to the following:

  • De-colonization or re-colonization: Old and new forms of colonialism in Indigenous and/or Aboriginal communities
  • Race, class and gender in security discourses
  • Race and economic insecurity
  • Race politics in the city
  • Race and the university
  • The new imperialisms
  • Orientalisms
  • Attacks on anti-imperialist and anti-globalization transformations in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Masculinities, femininities and sexualities in empire and neoliberal globalization
  • Antiracism action – local and global

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: SEPTEMBER 15, 2008

Dr. Sedef Arat-Koc
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Ryerson University
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
Office: JOR725A
Phone: (416)979-5000 ext. 7338
Email: saratkoc@politics.ryerson.ca