1st Global Conference: Images of Whiteness - Exploring Critical Issues (July 2011: Oxford, UK)

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Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net

1st Global Conference
Images of Whiteness - Exploring Critical Issues

Tuesday 12th July โ€“ Thursday 14th July 2011
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers
Since the publication of Richard Dyer's seminal study White in 1997, academics have increasingly turned critical attention to the subject of racial whiteness. Publications include historical accounts detailing the emergence of whiteness as a racial category, cultural studies exploring the representation and construction of white identities in popular culture, film and television scholars examining narratives about white people, reflecting white themes, white obsessions, and white anxieties. Consistent with the shift in critical studies from minority identity formations to consider 'central' identities โ€“ masculinity, heterosexuality โ€“ the study of whiteness is increasingly understood as central to understanding the operation of 'race' as a form of social categorisation. Inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives are sought from those engaged in any field relevant to the study of whiteness including media and film studies, performance and creative writing, cultural theory, sociology, psychology and medical approaches including cosmetic surgery, and other cognate areas.

Papers, presentations, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

* Appropriation of racial 'otherness' within white culture
* Images of whiteness in serial television
* Histories of white representation in film and television
* Aesthetics of racial whiteness
* Whiteness and multiculturalism
* Performances of/performing 'whiteness'
* Writing whiteness in fiction/non-fiction
* Whiteness and digital culture including video games
* Fetishisation of whiteness in non-white cultures
* Racial whiteness, fashion and cosmetics industries
* Whiteness and absence, emptiness and death
* The invisibility of whiteness
* Technologies of white representation
* Whiteness, gender and sexuality
* Images of whiteness in non-white cultures
* Theories of whiteness and the concept of white supremacy
* Feminism, queer theory and discourses of whiteness
* Ethnicity, whiteness and consumer culture
* Music and music videos and whiteness

Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 14th January 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 27th May 2011. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract
E-mails should be entitled: Whiteness Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Ewan Kirkland
University of Brighton
Senior Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies
United Kingdom
Email: ekirklanduk@yahoo.co.uk

Colette Balmain
Independent Scholar
United Kingdom
E-mail: cb@inter-disciplinary.net

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net
Freeland, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
E-mail: white@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the 'Ethos' series of research projects, which in turn belong to the Critical Issues programmes of ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume.

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