Dr. Julia Erhart
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2012 Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association Conference
Adelaide, South Australia, 11-13 December
Call for abstracts
This conference aims to focus on the imbrication of desire in the project of local, national and global forms of racialised domination. By taking desire as its starting place, the conference will aim to problematize how race shapes desire (and desire shapes race) in as diverse forms as gender, sexuality, consumerism, identity, embodiment, occupation, territory, knowledge and the possessive investments that often underpin claims to belonging and indeed being. Importantly, the conference will focus on desire within both mainstream and marginal communities, and from across borders and communities, and draw upon a broad understanding of what constitutes ‘desire’. It will also consider the desire for difference.
In terms of identity categories, and by focusing on issues of race, gender, class, religion, sexuality and nation as mutually constituted, we hope to engender a conference that moves beyond simple description or indeed excuses, and instead moves towards the theorisation of how hegemony works in both marginal and mainstream communities, despite attempts to the contrary. We also hope for a conference where creative, challenging and non-marginalising work can be celebrated and amplified.
Individual papers will follow the standard format of a 20 minute presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Paper abstracts should be no more than 200 words in length, and should be accompanied by a 50 word biographical note about the author(s). Symposia will encompass a 1.5 hour session, and those interested in facilitating one should submit the three 200 word abstracts 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:
* the criminalisation of HIV/AIDS
* sexual and/or reproductive tourism
* sexual racisms/nationalisms
* 'sex trafficking'
* food practices, race and desire
* the colonisation of desire and intimate colonialities
* queer diasporas
* transnational adoption
* race, sex and gender in citizenship
* gender or sexual persecution in asylum seeker cases
* cultural representations of desire - in film, theatre, performance, literature
* creative responses to racialised desire
* law's desire
ACRAWSA is committed to supporting Indigenous scholars as well as postgraduate scholars, both Indigenous and non-indigenous. An announcement will be made in coming months advertising scholarships for postgraduate and/or Indigenous scholars to attend the conference.
Presenters should note ACRAWSA’s commitment to the recognition of Indigenous sovereignties and the challenging of 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 [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by July 31st 2012.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Professor Jasbir Puar
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University
Professor Puar is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), which examines connections between contemporary “gay rights” discourse, the integration of gays into consumerism, the ascendance of whiteness, and Western imperialism and the war on terrorism. She is a regular public commentator on a range of blogs and in the mainstream (The Guardian, Art India, Bully Bloggers, The Huffington Post).
Professor David Eng
Program in Asian American Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Eng is the author of The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke, 2010), which investigates the emergence of “queer liberalism”—the empowerment of certain gays and lesbians in the United States, economically through an increasingly visible and mass-mediated queer consumer lifestyle, and politically through the legal protection of rights to privacy and intimacy. In the text Eng develops the concept of “queer diasporas” as a critical response to queer liberalism. Eng is currently at work on two new projects, a study of neoliberalism and desire in Chinese cinema and an analysis of political and psychic reparation.
Dr Rebecca Stringer
Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work, University of Otago
Dr Stringer's research focuses on the changing gendered meanings of victimhood, victimization and agency in neoliberal times. Her writings on the Northern Territory intervention appear in borderlands ejournal and Australian Feminist Studies. With Hilary Radner she edited Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema (Routledge, 2011).
For information see http://www.acrawsa.org.au/
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