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2015 ACRAWSA Conference

2015 Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association
Sydney, 23-24 November
Call for Abstracts
ACRAWSA is calling for scholars working on any aspect of critical race or whiteness studies to submit papers for our annual conference. The conference has an open theme, and we encourage scholars working in elevant areas to attend and reflect upon the field.
Abstracts of no more than 200 words are sought, accompanied by a 50 word biographical note
about the author(s).  Individual papers will follow the standard format of a maximum twenty minute presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Sessions will be 1.5 hours long. Those interested in
facilitating a panel should submit abstracts for all three papers to be included in the session along with biographical details of each author. It is expected that submitted panels will have a theme that links the three papers.
Indicative topics might include:

  • Critical Race and Whiteness Studies in the Humanities, Social
    Sciences, Natural Sciences and the Professions

  • Whiteness Studies and the ‘New Abolition’ project

  • Race and Indigeneity

  • Race and Multiculturalism

  • Australian Islamophobia

  • Race as religion           

  • Racialization

  • Violent Racism

  • Race, Whiteness and the Australian Imaginary

  • Indigenous Sovereignty

  • Spatial Racisms 

  • The performativity of race

  • Race and Modernity

ACRAWSA is committed to supporting Indigenous scholars as well as postgraduate scholars,
both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Scholarships for postgraduate and/or Indigenous scholars to attend the conference will be advertised over the coming months.
Presenters should note ACRAWSA’s commitment to the recognition of Indigenous sovereignties and hallenging white race privilege. Non-Indigenous presenters in particular are encouraged to give due consideration to the implications of their presentation in terms of privilege and the sovereignty of the First Nations people upon whose land non-Indigenous people work and live.

Abstracts should be submitted to acrawsa.conference2015@qut.edu.au by Friday October 16th 2015.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Professor Larissa Behrendt
University of Technology, Sydney
Prof. Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman. She is the Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of the ACT and NSW as a barrister.
Larissa is a Land Commissioner at the Land and Environment Court and the Alternate Chair of the Serious Offenders Review Board, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. She is the Chair of the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.
She is the author of several books on Indigenous legal issues. She won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for her novel Home. Her latest novel, Legacy, is due for release in October this year. Larissa is a Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, a board member of Tranby Aboriginal College and a Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. She was named as 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year.

Professor Andrew Markus
Monash University
Andrew Markus is the Pratt Foundation Research Professor of Jewish Civilisation at Monash University and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Andrew heads the Scanlon Foundation social cohesion research program, which is conducting its eighth national survey in 2014. He is also the principal researcher on the Australian Jewish population and Yiddish Melbourne research projects.
Andrew has published extensively in the field of Australian race relations and immigration history. His publications include Australia’s Immigration Revolution (co-authored, 2009), Race: John Howard and the Remaking of Australia (2001), and Australian Race Relations 1788-1993 (1994).  

Associate Professor Jane Haggis
Flinders University
Jane Haggis is Associate Professor in the School of International Studies at Flinders University. She has published widely in development and culture; historiography of gender and colonialism and in critical race and whiteness studies. Her most recent publications are: 2012 Jane Haggis “White Australia and Otherness:
The Limits to Hospitality” Cultures in Refuge: Seeking Sanctuary in Modern Australia edited by Devleena Ghosh, Anna Hayes and Robert Mason (Ashgate); Allen and Haggis: True Friends or False? The changing
nature of relationships between Indian and British missionary women in the imperial contact zone of India, c1880-1940
”, Outskirts, Vol. 28, 2013; Jane Haggis and Monique Mulholland “Rethinking Difference and Sex
Education: From Cultural Inclusivity to Normative Diversity” Sex Education, 14, 1 2014; 2014. 
Jane is a longstanding supporter of ACRAWSA. 

Professor Jon Stratton
Jon Stratton has retired as Professor of Cultural Studies.  Jon has published widely on Cultural Studies, Jewish Studies, Australian Studies and Popular Music Studies.  Thematically, much of Jon's work relates to issues of race, ethnicity and multiculturalism. Jon's most recent books are: Jon Stratton and Nabeel Zuberi eds. Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945 Ashgate, 2014; When Music Migrates: Crossing British and European Racial Faultlines 1945-2010 Ashgate, 2014; Uncertain Lives: Culture, Race and Neoliberalism in Australia Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

Critical Race and Whiteness Studies e-journal

 Call for Reviewers

Call for Book Reviewers:
The Critical Race and Whiteness Studies eJournal frequently receives books for review. Interested reviewers should contact the CRAWS reviews editor by email (Samantha.schulz@flinders.edu.au) indicating their book of interest, postal details, and a brief bio outlining their current position and field of research. The journal publishes two issues per year. Book reviews are typically 1,000 words in length. Books currently available for review:

Kantola, J. (2010). Gender and the European Union. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Magnet, S. A. (2011). When biometrics fail: Gender, race, and the technology of
Durham and London: Duke University Press.
Kundnani, A. (2014). The Muslims are coming: Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic
war on terror.
London: Verso.
White, M. (2015). Producing women: The internet, traditional femininity, queerness, and creativity. New York: Routledge.
Den Ouden, A. E. & O’Brien, J. M. (Eds)(2013). Recognition, sovereignty, struggles and Indigenous rights in the United States: A sourcebook. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
Third, A. (2014). Gender and the political: Deconstructing the female terrorist. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Upcoming Events

Dismantling The Master's House - UCL

“Dismantling The Master’s House is a community of academics, administrative staff and students at UCL, committed to righting racialised wrongs in our workplace and in the wider world. We owe the phrase ‘The Master’s House’ to Audre Lorde and we understand The Master’s House to consist in an intersection of power
structures, in, as bell hooks puts it, Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy. Central to this analysis is how these different manifestations of domination are accumulated to construct Whiteness – which has been and continues to be the primary vehicle of domination for the British Empire, and its legacies. Through scholarly comment, public events, and social media, #DTMH interrogates both Whiteness and Anglocentrism in the academy, while presenting alternatives from among the diversity of voices which make up UCL, London, and
the globe”. For more details visit: http://www.dtmh.ucl.ac.uk/ 

 Black Studies

Blackness in Britain 2015
'The Black Special Relationship'
African American scholarship and its impact on Black intellectual life in Britain.
30 -31 October 2015
Birmingham City University
Confirmed Keynotes:
Professor Patricia Hill Collins
Dr Barnor Hesse
Professor Gus John
Professor Denise Ferreira De Silva

For details of the CFP visit: http://www.blackstudies.org.uk/conference-and-events/blackness-in-britain-2015/

Updated: 21st August 2015