[csaa-forum] Updated CFP for 2012 ACRAWSA conference

Damien Riggs contact at damienriggs.com
Wed Jun 6 19:31:01 CST 2012

2012 Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association Conference


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 aims to problematise 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.

200 words abstracts (to be submitted along with a 50 word author note) should be emailed to conference2012 at acrawsa.org.au by July 31st 2012.

Full call for abstracts available at: www.acrawsa.org.au, as well as scholarship information, publication opportunities, and accommodation and venue information.

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, gays and consumerism, the ascendance of whiteness, and Western imperialism and the war on terrorism. She is a regular public commentator in the mainstream media. 

Professor David Eng

Program in Asian American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Professor Eng is the author of The Feeling of Kinship (Duke, 2010), which investigates the emergence of “queer liberalism”, as seen in 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. 

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). 

Dr Sandy O’Sullivan

Wiradjuri Nation, ARC Senior Indigenous Research Fellow, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Dr O'Sullivan's work focuses on alternative dissemination processes for Indigenous Australian research. Her 'Reversing the Gaze: An Indigenous Perspective on Museums, Cultural Representation and the Equivocal Digital Remnant' project explores the capacity of museums to incorporate First Peoples' stories, engagement, and representations into their programs. 

When: 11-13 December 2012                      Where:            Adelaide, South Australia


Dr. Damien W. Riggs MAPS

Senior Lecturer | Social Work and Social Planning | School of Social and Policy Studies | Flinders University | GPO Box 2100 Adelaide 5001

Visiting Research Fellow | School of Psychology | University of Adelaide |South Australia 5005

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