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ACRAWSA Conference 2014

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

Call for Abstracts - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 22/10/14 
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.

Deadline for abstracts extended to 22/10/14. Abstracts should be submitted to acrawsa.conference2014@qut.edu.au

To register please visit the Eventbrite registration page here.

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 is soliciting interest for reviews of the books listed below. If you are interested in reviewing one of these books, please supply a 50w bio and get in touch with the Book Reviews Editor

  • Johanna Kantola (2010), Gender and the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 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.
  • Shoshana Amielle Magnet (2011), When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race, and the Technology of Identity, Duke University Press.
  • Rosemary Overell (2014), Affective Intensities in Extreme Music Scenes Cases from Australia and Japan, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Ben Pitcher (2014), Consuming Race, Routledge. 

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 Book Reviews Editor. In addition, if you would like your book or work reviewed by the journal, please contact us also. 

2014 UCLA Law Critical Race Studies Annual Symposium

"Whiteness as Property:" A Twenty-Year Appraisal
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cheryl Harris's Whiteness as Property at the Critical Race Studies Symposium, UCLA, October 2-4 October 2014. 
Symposium details here: http://law.ucla.edu/centers/social-policy/critical-race-studies/events/2014-annual-symposium/
In 1993, the Harvard Law Review published Cheryl Harris's now seminal article, Whiteness as Property.
Over the past 21 years, the article has had tremendous impact inside and outside of legal academia, as well as within and beyond the borders of the United States. Broadly articulated, the purpose of this conference is to map and critically examine this impact. More precisely, the conference will explore the multiple trajectories along which Whiteness as Property has travelled and query whether and to what extent its conceptual framework has been re-constituted or re-articulated in the process. Over two and a half days, the conference will reflect on the political, legal, and intellectual context out of which Whiteness as Property emerged, explore how, if at all, its theoretical arguments have been revised, interrogate the impact of Whiteness
as Property
across academic disciplines, consider its relevance for a range of civil rights debates, as well as its implications globally, and examine the mobilization of the ideas in Whiteness as Property as pedagogy, legal practice, and social movement organizing. Our hope is to foster a conversation not only about where Whiteness as Property has gone but also about where it might have traction and still needs to go.

Courtingblakness - UQ St Lucia

Between September 5 and 28 the Great Court (at UQ’s St Lucia campus) will provide a staging platform for public discussions about the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and
institutions of higher learning. To find out more details, see www.courtingblakness.com
Academic experts in art, architecture, history, cultural studies, politics, education, literature, Indigenous knowledge and law, as well as artists and key art industry figures are coming to UQ from all over
Australia on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of September. 
Together, as members of eight themed panels, they will address questions raised by works in Courting Blakness – a public installation of eight cutting edge artworks in the heart of the UQ campus curated
by Adjunct Professor Fiona Foley.  Fiona Foley is a leading Australian artist and recipient of the 2013 Australia Council Award for the artist of the year. 
You are invited to the symposium to join in conversations sparked by artworks from  Foley’s team of Aboriginal artists – Archie Moore, Karla Dickens, Christian Thompson, Ryan Presley,
Natalie Harkin, Michael Cook, r e a and Megan Cope. http://courtingblakness.com
Please direct questions about this event to Dr Catherine Lawrence c.lawrence@uq.edu.au and Dr Fiona Nicoll f.nicoll@uq.edu.au

Updated: 22nd October 2014