CFP: [International] New Worlds, New Sovereignties

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Patrick Wolfe
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New Worlds, New Sovereignties
A Cross-Community Interdiscplinary International Conference
Melbourne, Australia, 6-9 June 2008

Which human groups have possessed sovereignty and who has been excluded?
Can different sovereignties overlap and coexist? Is sovereignty’s ultimate
sanction violence? Should nation-states refuse to interfere in each other’s
affairs regardless of the treatment of minorities? In what ways are
sovereignties gendered? Are settler democracy and Native sovereignty
        Our conference will address questions such as these with a view to
bringing history to bear on the problems of the present. The conference’s
standpoint is from below. We will be focusing on sovereignty’s consequences
for those whom the prevailing order excludes or diminishes. We will be
exploring the possibilities for change and redress.
        Abstracts, in English, should be submitted by APRIL 4th 2008 or earlier.
Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be made within one week of
submission. The Early Bird deadline for conference registration is April
11th 2008. To submit, please go to the Abstract section of the conference
website at
        An edited collection of papers from the conference will be published by a
major international publisher.

Conference themes will include:

• Indigenous concepts and practices of sovereignty
• Historical genealogies of Western concepts of sovereignty
• Limits and contradictions of sovereignty
• Sovereign subjecthood â€" human rights, gender and the nation-state
• Plural sovereignties: Natives, minorities, and the nation-state
• Sovereignty and the new global order
• Sovereignty, land and nation
• Refugees, asylum seekers and national borders
• Sovereignty and the internet
• Sovereignty regained

Nations and Homelands will include:

• Aboriginal Australia/Torres Strait Islands
• Native North America
• Palestine
• Timor Leste
• Aotearoa/New Zealand
• Hawai'i
• Kurdistan
• Post-Soviet Europe
• Samiland

        We now invite submissions of abstracts for papers relating to these or
related topics. Abstracts related to research or practice are welcome.
Abstracts should describe original, completed work. Responsibility for
copyright issues rests with authors. At least one author of an accepted
abstract must register for the conference and attend to present the paper.

 Julie Evans (University of Melbourne)
 Patrick Wolfe (La Trobe University)

Host organisations
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology, University of Melbourne

Supporting organisations
Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University
Victoria University

This conference is taking place on Wurundjeri land. We pay our respects to
Wurundjeri elders past and present.

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