The research postgraduate arm of the White Spaces Research Network, supervised by Dr Shona Hunter, will hold its inaugural conference at the University of Leeds over August 18th-20th 2010. This conference will support the network’s aim of building a sustainable base from which to develop further research leaders in the field of critical whiteness studies. Like the larger White Spaces Research Network, the PGR arm is international in scope, engaging postgraduate scholars from Switzerland, Germany, France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. It welcomes and encourages engagement from postgraduates from universities both within and outside of Europe.
The August conference will serve as both an opportunity for PGR students to present research and a chance for members of the network to meet and discuss the future direction of the PGR arm. The first day of the conference will be devoted to paper presentations, networking, and a possible keynote address. Over the second day, participants will work to define the White Spaces Postgraduate network by developing goals for the network, hearing presentations on potential resources (such as online forums), establishing research connections, and mapping out future network events.
Entitled ‘New Territories in Critical Whiteness Studies’, the conference will engage a variety of themes, with a particular emphasis on:
White terror: including white supremacy, both group and individual-based; and reversing the equation of terrorism and colour
White settler colonies and imperialism: including white decolonization; and the return of white settlers
Space: including the racialisation of space; white embodiment; and beauty/aesthetics
Methodology and theory: including understanding the historical implications of critical whiteness studies; and discourses of anti-racism
These themes are meant only as suggestions, and we welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers on any topic related to critical whiteness, from any discipline and from both MA and PhD students. Please submit proposals of 250 words to Say Burgin at email@example.com or send them to: Say Burgin, School of History, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom. Proposals are due on Monday May 3rd. Further information on the conference will be circulated in mid-May.
School of History
Michael Sadler Building
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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