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ACRAWSA Conference 2014

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

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. 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.

Abstracts should be submitted to acrawsa.conference2014@qut.edu.au by 30 September 2014

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words, 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

  • Race and Indigeneity

  • Race and Multiculturalism

  • Whiteness Studies and Race Studies: Disciplinary bedfellows?           

  • Defining Racialization

  • Violent Racism

  • Race, Whiteness and the Australian National Imaginary

  • The Sociology of Race

  • Indigenous Sovereignty

  • Spatial Racisms 

  • The Racial Contract

  • Race and Modernity

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Professor Eduardo Bonilla –Silva
Department of Sociology, Duke University

Dr Toula Nicolacopoulos
Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University

Professor Steve Larkin
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership & Director of the Australian
Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE)


 Book Reviewers Wanted

Critical Race and Whiteness Studies (http://www.acrawsa.org.au/ejournal/)
is soliciting interest for reviews of the books listed below. If
you are interested in reviewing one of these books, please get in touch with
the journal editor, Dr Holly Randell-Moon (acrawsaejournal@acrawsa.org.au). 

  • Johanna Kantola (2010), Gender and the European Union, Palgrave

  • Brooke Ackerly and Jacqui True (2010), Doing Feminist Research in
    Political & Social Science
    , Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Melvin Leiman (2010), The Political Economy of Racism (reprint),
    Haymarket Books.

  • Evelyn Peters and Chris Andersen (2013), Indigenous in the City:
    Contemporary Identities and Cultural Innovation
    , UBC Press.

  • Cynthia Levine-Rasky (2013), Whiteness Fractured, Ashgate.

  • Stephen Hopgood (2013), The Endtimes of Human Rights, Cornell

  • Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson (2013), Border as Method, or, the
    Multiplication of Labor
    , Duke University Press.

  • Angela Wanhalla (2013), Matters of the Heart: A History of
    Interracial Marriage in New Zealand
    , Auckland University Press.

  • Heather Douglas and Mark Finnane (2012), Indigenous Crime and Settler
    Law: White Sovereignty after Empire
    , Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Veronica T. Watson (2013), The Souls of White Folk: African American
    Writers Theorize Whiteness
    , University of Mississippi Press.

The journal is also keen to publish film, theatre, video game and other
reviews relevant to the field of critical race and whiteness studies. If you
have a review of one of these media, please get in touch with the editor. In addition,
if you would like your book or work reviewed by the journal, please contact us

National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN)

NIRAKN is an exciting new development in the fields of Indigenous Studies and research, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies. NIRAKN is funded through an ARC Special Research Initiative for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers’ Network.  The network is a hub and spokes model involving Indigenous researchers from 22 eligible institutions across all states and territories, as well as 5 Indigenous Partner Organisations and an Advisory Board of 10 eminent Indigenous elders and leaders. A primary goal of the network will be to capacity build and increase the number of Indigenous postgraduate, early and mid career researchers to develop new approaches to undertaking research that meets the urgent needs of Indigenous communities.

For more details on NIRAKN follow the link: http://www.nirakn.edu.au/ 

Professor Moreton-Robinson in the UK

Professor Moreton-Robinson, President of ACRAWSA and Director of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network, is giving a public lecture, teaching a masterclass on Indigeneity and Whiteness and participating in a roundtable at the University of Leeds, UK, 10-11 June 2014. These events are followed by Professor Moreton-Robinson's public lecture to the Birkbeck Race Forum and Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths, University of London, 12 June 2014. Professor Sara Ahmed will introduce the lecture entitled 'Indigenous Studies in the First World: Contested Territory, Cultural Entrapment and Race in the 21st Century'.

Details of both events can be found here:
University of Leeds - http://whitespaces.leeds.ac.uk/current-events/
Birkbeck College, University of London - http://www.bbk.ac.uk/psychosocial/about-us/events/the-birkbeck-race-forum-centre-for-feminist-research-at-goldsmiths



Updated: 15th May 2014