[csaa-forum] fwd: race conference

kiley gaffney k.gaffney at uq.edu.au
Wed Nov 28 14:22:07 CST 2007

Call for Papers
Third Annual Scholars in Critical Race Studies Conference 2008 Theme:
³Global Civil Rights²
March 27-28, 2008
University of Memphis

The Scholars in Critical Race Studies (SCRS) at University of Memphis seek
submissions for their third annual colloquium. In commemoration of the
fortieth anniversary of Martin Luther King¹s murder in Memphis, the topic
this year is on ³Global Civil Rights.² The keynote speaker this year is
internationally renowned critical race theorist David Theo Goldberg. Please
send all inquiries or proposals to: jgorman at memphis.edu. The deadline for
250-500 word abstracts of 30-minute papers is December 20, 2007. Selected
papers will be published in the journal Patterns of Prejudice.

Scholars affiliated with the SCRS examine the historical evolution and
contemporary expression of race as a social category for discriminating,
organizing, regulating and maintaining social differences. By revealing that
racial categories emerge in specific contexts that are connected to power,
politics, economics and culture, these scholars destabilize those categories
as natural or transhistorical. The point is to disclose how race operates in
differing situations and texts, in order to undermine the force of racism.
The SCRS is an interdisciplinary forum that seeks to facilitate a
conversation by scholars across the humanities and social sciences,
including Philosophy, Literature, History, Foreign Languages, Political
Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and Jewish Studies.

This colloquium was made possible by the generosity of the Marcus Orr Center
for the Humanities, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change,
Bornblum Judaic Studies, and the College of Arts and Sciences at The
University of Memphis.

Submissions are welcome in the following categories, however the suggested
topics below are by no means exclusive. We particularly welcome contributors
from the Mid-South region (Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri,
Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas).

€ The global community and the beloved community
€ Jewish responses to apartheid and to civil rights
€ Expressions of and responses to racism within material and intangible
€ Politics and ideation of a post-racial state
€ What are the influences of national struggles for civil rights on global
claims to civil rights?
€ The influence southern U.S. Civil Rights Movement on activist groups in
other locales
€ The influence of other activist movements on the southern U.S. Civil
Rights Movement, the role of race in contemporary civil rights struggles
€ Defining or narrating "civil rights" in other national contexts
€ Transnational dialogue or collaboration among activist movements
    Joshua Gorman
University of Memphis
901 six oh five 1820
Email: jgorman at memphis.edu 

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