ANN LAURA STOLER, New School for Social Research
AILEEN MORETON-ROBINSON, Queensland University of Technology
LYNETTE RUSSELL, Monash University
PATRICK WOLFE, La Trobe University
MATT WRAY, Harvard University
Featuring a Public Forum: ‘After the Apology: Perspectives from Indigenous Speakers’
‘Re-Orienting Whiteness’ invites scholars to explore the potential, or otherwise, of ‘whiteness’ in analysing the operations of ‘race’, past and present. The conference particularly seeks to bring whiteness studies into a closer conversation with other approaches to ‘race’, particularly those which have emerged from studies of colonialism and postcolonial theory. There has been remarkably little cross fertilisation between these areas of scholarship, despite the many obvious synergies between them. We envision the conference traversing a variety of countries, periods, methodologies and theoretical concepts, bringing together scholars of diverse backgrounds and interests. Broadening out from the (settler colonial) context of the United States, we wish to explore how whiteness operated in colonial and non-colonial contexts across the globe.
Possible themes include:
Indigenous perspectives on whiteness
The politics of apology/assimilation/sovereignty/restitution/power
Whiteness in the colonial/settler colonial encounter
Whiteness in non-colonial contexts
The gendered privileges of whiteness
The chronology of whiteness: visibility/invisibility
Cultures, representations, borderlands, bodies, transformations
Refugees, asylum, immigration, inclusion/exclusion
Does whiteness even matter?
Proposals for 20 minutes papers, or panels of up to three speakers, are most welcome.
Please send a 200 word abstract, along with a brief half-page CV, by 29 August 2008.
To submit a proposal, or to be placed on the conference email list, write to:
Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis. Some funding is available to support postgraduate students and Australian Indigenous postgraduates. See conference website for further details:
Leigh Boucher (Monash University), Jane Carey (University of Melbourne), Kat Ellinghaus (Monash University).
In association with the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association.
Supported by the School of Historical Studies, Monash University, Reconciliation Victoria and the University of Melbourne.
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