We seek papers, panels, and workshops for an interdisciplinary conference on race to take place at Monmouth University located in West Long Branch, New Jersey on November 13, 14, 15 2008. The conference is entitled "Future of An Illusion, Future of the Past?" The idea of race in human relations as a volatile and controversial topic has a long history. This conference seeks to address race in world societies and history from multiple disciplinary perspectives and posits the question: What will be the future of race or will we as a human community consider race no more? Historically, race as a moniker of human difference has been conflated as color, culture, and biology. With the emergence of the modern world, race as a justification for European expansion and imperialism through the nineteenth century precipitated a vociferous discourse from the colonized as represented in post-colonial theory. Discussions about race and racial identification in contemporary society have subsequently become increasingly complex as a result of scientific developments.
The Human Genome Project (HGP) and the rise of genomics (science of genetics) in the contemporary world have come to influence our understanding of race in history with the emergence of DNA ancestry tracing. The science of genetics is having a profound influence in terms of our understanding of social and historical relationships within and between human groups amid the rise of global socio-political multiracial "movements." Does race have a future or is race an illusion? Can we even use the word race or has it become obsolete? Will the future of race be the same as it has been in the past? These and other questions will be addressed through this very timely and pertinent conference on race. See http://FutureofRace.googlepages.com/home for further details
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