[URBANTH-L] CfP-Ethnic Studies 40 Years later: Race, Resistance and Relevance, Oct. 7-10, 2009, SF, CA, USA

Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi-AMED amed at sfsu.edu
Thu Apr 23 23:56:37 EDT 2009

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San Francisco State University 

The College of Ethnic Studies



Ethnic Studies 40 Years Later: 

Race, Resistance and Relevance

October 7-10, 2009


The College of Ethnic Studies (CoES) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) invites proposals for papers, panels, roundtable discussions, workshops and performances for a conference that marks the founding of The College and the emergence of the field of Ethnic Studies. The first College of Ethnic Studies, inaugurated in 1969, was accompanied by ethnic studies initiatives, programs, centers and departments at universities and colleges around the world. This 40th anniversary of CoES presents an opportunity to examine contributions, developments, and challenges within the field of Ethnic Studies. We welcome the exploration of themes that include but are not limited to the following:


1. Where is Ethnic Studies in the world today, and what are the similarities and differences between our contemporary goals and those of decades past that led to the creation of the field?

2. What fruitful relationships are possible—and what obstacles exist—between Ethnic Studies programs, local communities of color, and related Diasporas?

3. How are social justice pedagogies relevant to the field of Ethnic Studies?

4. In what ways have our conceptual tools for discussions about race, racialization, racial formation, and power changed since the founding of Ethnic studies?  How are we addressing class, gender, sexuality, religion, and citizenship within Ethnic Studies?

5. What strategies allow for inclusion of a full range of ethnic experiences, philosophical perspectives, and methods, analytical frameworks within the field?

6. How might recent events such as restrictions of civil liberties domestically and internationally, the election of Barack Obama, ongoing wars, and the international economic crisis affect the field of Ethnic Studies and the centering of race relations?

Your hosts:  The College of Ethnic Studies; the departments of Africana, American Indian, Asian American and Raza Studies; Race and Resistance Studies Initiative (RRS) and Arab Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Initiative (AMED); and the Cesar Chavez Institute

For more information and directions for proposal submission, please visit:



Priority will be given to proposals in the order of submission deadlines:

Early submission deadline:  5PM PST May 18, 2009

FINAL submission deadline:  5PM PST June 15, 2009


Contact information:  call 415 338-1859 or email:  fortieth at sfsu.edu

You will receive a response within 48 hours or two business days. 

Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, PhD
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies
Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative
College of Ethnic Studies
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, EP 425
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 405-2668
Fax:     (415) 405-2573
Email:  amed at sfsu.edu

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