Call for Papers
“Naming Race, Naming Racism”
April 20-21, 2006
University of Memphis
The Scholars in Critical Race Studies (SCRS) at University of Memphis seek submissions for their first annual colloquium. Please send all inquiries or proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for 250-500 word abstracts of 30-minute papers is November 28, 2005. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of 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 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).
•Conceptualizing, defining and representing race or racism
•Overlaps and differences between race and ethnicity
•Links between race and religion
•The semiotics of race
•When do ‘racialized’ categories become racism?
•Are race and racism modern notions or do they have an ancient lineage?
•How have ‘whiteness’, ‘blackness’, ‘Jewishness’, and other racialized ontological categories emerged and evolved?
•What are the racial implications of certain cultural sites and signs (eg. flags, memorial parks, mascots, etc.)?
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