CFP – Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession, Dec 15, 2014

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Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession

2015 Call for Proposals

April 30-May 3, 2015 | York University, Toronto

Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2014, 11:59pm HST

The 2015 conference of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association honours Indigenous sovereignty struggles for land, culture, food, water, education, and health—and centres Indigenous, Black, and people of colour activism and scholarship, especially work coming from feminist, trans, Two-Spirit, queer, and disability struggles and perspectives.

This international gathering aims to critique settler colonialism and white supremacy; challenge colonial gender binaries; examine genealogies of anti-Black racism and colonial racial formations; and think about resistance and oppression transnationally, in ways that challenge western hegemony and the travels of racist and colonial methods.

This gathering brings African, Caribbean, Equity, Diaspora, Critical Race, Native, Trans, and Disability Studies into conversation with Ethnic Studies to critique genocide, racialized sexual violence, and capitalism; and to engage with conditions of borders, land, migration, displacement, labour, prisons, war, development, occupation, ableism, racism, and apartheid.

Relationships as Resistance: A Gathering for Activists, Academics, and Agitators  

This gathering will de-centre white supremacy by focusing on relationships between Indigenous peoples, Black, migrant, refugee, and Mestiz@ communities, and settlers.

We will give back to local Indigenous communities by taking a reciprocity and responsibility approach through organizing beyond the acknowledgement of territory and the inclusion of Indigenous peoples, and moving towards deepening relationships, knowledges, and strategies for change between Indigenous peoples and communities of colour.

We recognize the fundamental role of anti-Black racism in contemporary institutions, economies, and social movements, including ethnic studies and other academic spaces. We aim to disrupt anti-Blackness in antiracist and other anti-oppressive spaces, which are frequently appropriative of Blackness and complicit with anti-Blackness.

We recognize that racism, colonialism and imperialism take different shapes globally, and are mediated through specific state contexts. We invite you to help build a space where colonized and racialized peoples in different parts of the global north and south treat each other as enmeshed, relational, and interdependent.

We seek submissions that explore local and global forms of imperialism, white supremacy, and colonialism—and challenge neoliberal policies and legacies of slavery, confront ableism, and unsettle hetero-patriarchy by forging new theoretical and practical conversations.

We encourage proposals by community members, social justice organizers, cultural workers, activists, students, academics, independent scholars, teachers, media makers, human rights advocates, and anyone interested in analyzing the conditions of our work, lives, and struggles.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Health, Disability and Disablement
  • Land Defense and Environmental Justice
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Incarceration, Criminalization, and State Violence
  • Global Imperialisms, Racisms and Colonialism
  • Canadian State and Settler Colonialism
  • Education
  • Borders
  • Labour
  • Activism
  • Art, Culture, and Media

We recommend presentation formats that encourage participation, collaboration, and creativity. Proposals may include performances, interactive workshops, open discussions, roundtables, films, activist studios, papers, panels, strategy sessions, learning labs, writing salons, and others.

We will prioritize proposals by people doing critical work in their own communities, and proposals that take care not to reproduce “expert” colonial knowledges. We welcome proposals that support participation for various abilities, bodies, learning styles, and experiences.

Submissions of non-translated sessions in languages other than English are welcome. ASL interpretation, wheelchair access, and gender-neutral washrooms will be available.

We encourage individuals, organizations and academic units to endorse this call. To become an endorser, please email us at here.

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