[csaa-forum] CFP: Future Stories/Intimate Histories Symposium

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Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association

Future Stories/Intimate Histories Symposium

Adelaide, 10 December 2010

Call for Papers and Save the Date

The meanings of race and whiteness are constantly under re/construction in
the stories we tell about the past and the future, all the more so in times
of flux where economies, national borders and political leadership are under
redefinition every day.   As yesterday becomes history and tomorrow ever
more volatile, story becomes a means of understanding where we are in terms
of both where we have come from and where we might be going.  Story has also
long been a means of understanding relations between history and personal
experience, and hence a site where the inextricability of racialised
structures and lived experience can be explored, albeit often in the context
of racialised struggles over knowledge and speaking positions.   In this
symposium we seek to talk about what such times of change mean for the
critical race and whiteness studies project of transforming the racialised
structures within which we live, and what role stories can play in our
imaginings.  What potentials can we find in our stories of the past and the
future?  What is old or new about current stories of race?  What stories are
heard and what should be heard?  What still can't be told?

 With these questions in mind, ACRAWSA, now in its seventh year, is calling
for abstract submissions for two roundtables to be held as part of its 2010
Symposium on the theme of Future Stories/Intimate Histories. This one day
event, to be convened in the beautiful State Library building on North
Terrace, Adelaide, will include

 *	Keynote speaker:  Associate Professor Jennifer Rutherford author of
The Gauche Intruder: Freud, Lacan, and the White Australia Fantasy
*	 Key Thinkers panel featuring Professor Margaret Allen, Dylan
Coleman, and Jared Thomas

The symposium will also include two roundtable discussions, where 4
presenters in each roundtable will be allocated a maximum of 10 minutes to
very briefly outline their current research project or interests, and then
all attendees will join in a discussion of the ideas presented. Abstract
submissions that relate to the symposium focus outlined above are invited
for inclusion in one of these two roundtables. Topics might include:

*	Futures of race and whiteness
*	The future of whiteness studies
*	Changing definitions of race and racism
*	Borders and the future
*	Personal experience and race
*       Family history and race
*       Race and relationships
*       Race, whiteness and life narrative
*       Relations between 'story' and 'theory'
*       The positioning of Indigenous and/or white stories &storytellers

We also welcome abstracts on topics from within critical race and whiteness
studies more broadly, though preference will be given to abstracts that in
some way relate to the symposium theme. Abstracts (200 words max) should be
emailed to Damien Riggs along with a 50 word bionote by August 15th 2010 to
damien.riggs at flinders.edu.au


Where: Institute Room, State Library, Corner of Kintore Avenue and North
Terrace, Adelaide.
When: Friday December 10, 9.30-5pm
Cost: Free for ACRAWSA members, $25 for non-members (or sign up on the
day) and $15 concession.
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are provided.
RSVP: damien.riggs at flinders.edu.au  by December 1st for catering purposes

Dr Anna Szorenyi
Lecturer, Gender, Work & Social Inquiry
School of Social Sciences
University of Adelaide
anna.szorenyi at adelaide.edu.au

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