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ACRAWSA Conference 2014

2014 Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association
Brisbane, Queensland, 4-5 December


This year’s conference has an open theme, and we encourage scholars working in relevant areas to attend and reflect upon the field. This conference aims to reinstate the importance of the study of race. The study of race, racialization and racism runs the risk of being relegated to the role of junior partner in the coupling of ‘Critical Race and Whiteness Studies’. The seeming ascendance of Whiteness Studies is not altogether unproblematic, particularly in relation to perceptions that the discipline has been enlisted in the service of recuperating white virtue. A consequence of this development in Australia has been an attendant elision of Indigenous sovereignties and the ontological relationship to land through which Indigenous people harbour their sovereignty. In this context, we also ask whether Whiteness Studies has served or occluded Indigenous sovereignties. It is hoped that in foregrounding race, racialization and racism, scholars will be encouraged reflect on the trajectory of their discipline thus far, and anticipate ways in which their critical concerns will develop against the backdrop of continuing racial antagonisms.

To register please visit the Eventbrite registration page here. Deadline for Registration is 19 November 2014.

Critical Race and Whiteness Studies e-journal

 Editor, Critical Race and Whiteness studies e-journal eoi

Editor, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies e-journal
Call for Expressions of Interest
The Editorial Advisory Board of the Critical Race and Whiteness Studies e-journal is seeking expressions of interest to edit the journal for a two-year term, 2015-2017. An individual, or editorial team, can apply for the editorship.
The journal is an open-access peer-reviewed publication. The journal seeks to showcase innovative scholarship in the area of critical race and whiteness studies. The journal's ISSN is: 1838-8310. It is published by ACRAWSA and was established by ACRAWSA's founding members: Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Jane Haggis and Fiona Nicoll. The journal’s content is indexed by EBSCO and the journal is included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Australian Research Council’s ERA Journal List. The journal publishes two issues a year.
Those interested in the position should set out their relevant experience, the skills they offer and their ideas for the future development of the journal. It would also help if applicants could indicate the level of support
they anticipate from their own institutions to undertake the role. The current editor will be available to hand-over the journal and assist the new editors in early stages of the job.
All enquiries and submissions should be directed to the President of ACRAWSA, Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Professor of Indigenous Studies, Director of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network, Division of Research and Commercialisation, Queensland University of Technology, Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove Qld 4059, or via email to a.moreton-robinson@qut.edu.au. The deadline for submissions is Friday 30 January 2015. 

Upcoming Events

A Somatechnics of (dis)inTEGRATION: the body as bordertechnology

A somatechnics of (dis)integration: the body as bordertechnology
University of York (UK), Department of Sociology
Wednesday 19 November 2014, 4.15PM  to 17:30

Speaker: Goldie Osuri, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Warwick
The term ‘somatechnics’ illustrates how ‘isomorphic relations between the collective body politic and an individual corporeality is not merely representational but also material’ (Stryker, Currah, and Moore 2009: 52). In this sense, ‘somatechnologies function as the capillary space of connection and circulation between the macro- and micro-political registers through which the lives of bodies become enmeshed in the lives of nations, states, and capital formations’ (Stryker, Currah, and Moore 2009:  52).
What does the concept of somatechnics have to offer as a way of thinking through the relationship between sovereignty and borders?  If political borders are indeed embodied through bodies, current border practices suggest that sovereign power can only enforce the bodily integrity of political borders through the task of bodily incarceration and disintegration. This has been the case, for example, in the context of Indian occupied Kashmir where documentation of mass graves, enforced disappearances, and torture has been steadily growing through human rights reports. Simultaneously, human rights institutions and processes depend on notions of bodily integrity thus seemingly reinforcing conventional notions of embodied and national sovereignty.
One possible way in which the concept of somatechnics may be useful in this context is to think through the ways in which experiences of bodily disintegration are accompanied by a number of somatechnologies of resistance, which are also expressions of different forms of sovereignty. Exploring these somatechnologies may provide a way to think through how borders are refused as well as created through transnational activist networks. What forms of sovereignty are possible in such a context? This paper will explore how such networks may offer a way of rethinking conventional notions of the relationship between sovereignty and embodied borders.


 The Postracial is the most racial - Professor David Theo Goldberg

Public Lecture Event, The University of York, Department of Sociology
Tuesday 25 November 2014, 4-6pm, Bowland Auditorium

The Postracial is the Most Racial
Professor David Theo Goldberg
Director of University of California Humanities Research Institute
Admission: Free

Societies historically articulated through race have claimed recently to be postracial. Yet they remain wracked by racial structure and often mounting racist expression. What accounts for this tension, if not paradox? If we are all postracial already, how are we to understand the social logics of postraciality as the new ecology of the racial? Who are the new or renewed racial subjects increasingly targeted by postracial states, how are they racially conceived, and what interests are being served by their racial definition? David Theo Goldberg will address these questions by considering contemporary postraciality in the context of racial histories.

Updated: 25th November 2014