We understand activist scholarship to be research and creative intellectual work in alignment with communities, organizations, movements or networks working for social justice.
CONFERENCE THEME: "Crisis, Politics, and
Performance" reflects immediate and long-term
trends in current activism. This is a call for submissions that can contribute to our understanding of the links across crisis, politics and performance.
Crisis is often a state of affairs in which a decisive change for better or worse is imminent-has been useful for the separation of politics from democratic debate. For example, the policies of neglect, indifference, and hostility structured the Katrina disaster in New Orleans and across the Gulf South; the language of "crisis" shifted attention away from the structural causes behind this suffering.
Politics is often reduced to "crisis management"-removing a disaster from the practice of politics, reducing deaths and violence to a random outcome of nature, the free play of market forces, or an unpredicted act of terror.
Performance: Whose bodies count in a crisis? Performances-whether spontaneous, repeated, deeply scripted, or disruptive-have been key to reinvigorating the cultural dimensions of struggle over resources in our societies.
Performance can also refer to the ways communities and individuals can outstrip the "crisis management" capacity of state and private authorities to appropriate these demands.
Performance asks us to think through whose bodies count, whose memories resonate, and whose desires carry through into the public realm.
For more information on the conference, visit the center for mexican american studies website at www.utexas.edu/depts/cmas/
To submit a paper or panel, please go to the following website:
Contact Dolores Garcia at 512-471-4557 or=20
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the most current information about the conference, visit the CMAS web site at www.utexas.edu/depts/cmas/
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