[URBANTH-L]CFP: The Borderpolitics of Whiteness (Sydney, Australia)

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Mon Apr 17 20:37:50 EDT 2006

Call for Papers

December 11-13
Carlton Crest Hotel, Sydney

Deadline for Abstracts:  August 30, 2006

KEYNOTES (secured as of now)
Professor David Theo Goldberg, Director, University of California
Humanities Research Institute

Professor Cheryl Harris, Law, University of California, Los Angeles.

Associate Professor Joseph Pugliese, Critical and Cultural Studies,
Macquarie University


In recent years, celebrative rhetoric about the 'the global
village' and the erosion of national borders appears to have
shifted.  Borderpolitics has become an organisational principle not only
at the level of governmental concerns or media debates, but in the
practices of everyday life.  This is because the securing of borders is
not simply about national sovereignty, but about the reconfiguring of
zones of inclusion, exclusion, and the in-between in relation to social,
political, economic, and cultural practices.

The practices and implications of borderpolitics open up a space for
critical investigation especially in the area of Race, Ethnicity and
Whiteness Studies.  This field is concerned not merely with the politics
of racial identities (although this is one of its concerns) but with the
complex formation of colonial and racialised systems of knowledge.
These knowledges permeate a range of disciplinary areas such as
education, international relations, law, culture, geography, media,
religion, management, tourism, terrorism, anthropology, sociology,
politics, gender, sexuality, bodies, linguistics, philosophy, history,
medicine, statistics, economics, biology and visual arts among others.

We invite speakers from a broad range of disciplines who are interested
in examining borderpolitics with particular reference to the way in
which whiteness is implicated in the construction of borders in their
multiple configurations, and the manner in which Race, Ethnicity, and
Whiteness Studies can intervene in and engage with border practices.

We welcome panel proposals with specific themes.  Panel proposals need 
to be accompanied by a short panel abstract (200-250 words) regarding 
the panel. 

Possible topics include:
whiteness and law
Indigenous challenges/negotiations
whiteness and the beach
the Cronulla riots
whiteness and contested histories
race relations in community activism
whiteness in the work of contemporary artists
whiteness and sexual borders
whiteness and gendered borders
whiteness and the body
whiteness and language
white hybridities
whiteness and the state
whiteness and media technologies
whiteness and writing
whiteness and nationalism
whiteness and religion
whiteness and maps
whiteness and multiculturalism
whiteness and diasporas
whiteness in international relations
whiteness and terrorism
borders and war
whiteness and surveillance technologies
peacemaking processes.
transnational whiteness
whiteness in institutional contexts
whiteness and medicine
whiteness and science
whiteness and education
whiteness and political economies

You may send your abstracts or direct inquiries about the conference to
Elaine Laforteza at borderpolitics at scmp.mq.edu.au

Website (coming soon):  http://www.ccs.mq.edu.au/borderpolitics/
Conference Convenors:  Dr. Goldie Osuri, Macquarie University  Lara Palombo,
Macquarie and Adelaide University

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