[csaa-forum] CFP: Whiteness and the Horizons of Race, Brisbane 7-9 Dec

Melissa Gregg m.gregg at uq.edu.au
Wed Mar 23 14:52:38 CST 2005

Call for papers
Whiteness and the Horizons of Race 7-9 December 2005

A conference hosted by the Australian Studies Centre, University of 

International Keynote Speaker:  Professor David Roediger.  Professor 
Roediger is currently Chair, the Department of History, University of 
Illinois.  His current research is on immigration and racial formation 
in the United States. He has written extensively on whiteness, race and 
class. Professor Roediger’s forthcoming book is entitled Working toward 
Whiteness: How American Immigrants became White (May 2005).
National Keynote Speakers:	
Dr Suvendrini Perea. Dr Perera is based in the Faculty of Media, 
Society and Culture at Curtin University of Technology. She has 
published widely on a range of issues including race, ethnicity and 
multiculturalism and her current research interests are in histories of 
coexistence in multiracial societies. She is author of Reaches of 
Professor Marilyn Lake. Professor Marilyn Lake is Professor of History 
at La Trobe University, where she currently holds a Professorial 
Research Fellowship researching the gendered and racial identity of the 
colonial white man.  She has published widely on subjects ranging from 
republicanism to sexuality and race. Her most recent book is entitled 
Faith: Faith Bandler Gentle Activist(2002).

Race and Whiteness are inextricably connected to the formation and 
politics of modern nation states and the communities which inhabit 
their territories, shaping identity, gender, class, representation, 
subjectivity, nationalism and institutions such as the law. At this 
time in world history and global politics questions about race and 
whiteness require critical investigation and engagement. The conference 
will provide a new intellectual space to investigate their nature and 
For historical and other reasons whiteness and race have seldom been 
subject to critical scrutiny.  The current political moment presents 
new opportunities and imperatives to do so in a constructive and 
informed spirit. As Ghassan Hage notes ‘we Australians are witnessing 
what is perhaps the most successful project of white Restoration ever 
witnessed in the West’. An academic conference on the historical, 
gendered, social, political, cultural, economic and discursive 
constructions of race and whiteness can make an important contribution 
to broader public debates. It provides the opportunity to examine 
popular understandings of race and whiteness and to evaluate the ways 
in which current and historical debates have taken and are taking 
This conference is an interdisciplinary project and we welcome 
contributions from sociologists, social anthropologists, political 
scientists, psychologists, educationalists, economists, literary 
scholars, legal scholars, media scholars, philosophers, historians, 
feminists, Indigenous, multicultural, Australian, postcolonial and 
cultural studies scholars.

Abstracts: 500 word abstracts due 31st July. Please email abstracts to 
m.barton at uq.edu.au
Venue: Rydge’s Hotel, Southbank, Brisbane
Convener: Dr Aileen Moreton-Robinson
Organising Committee: Dr David Carter, Dr Fiona Nicoll, Dr Maryrose 
Casey and Ms Marilyn Barton

Melissa Gregg
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
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University of Queensland 4072
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