CFP--Racism, Colonialism and Law

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Leslie Shortlidge/The Kirwan Institute
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The focus of this issue revolves around the ideas of racism, colonialism and law, considered together. We ask contributors to consider how ideas and practices associated with racism, colonialism and the law either help to reveal or unhelpfully obscure the social experience of marginalized groups. We also welcome reflections on the importance of critical social and legal interventions as responses to those everyday needs and realities that fall through the cracks.

We welcome contributions that engage questions such as the following:

1. What are the obstacles and opportunities for critical reflections on racism, colonialism, and law? Have blind spots emerged historically which are re-produced by concepts and categories used in debate and discussion? How does this affect the ability to identify contemporary occurrences of racial subordination and develop adequate political and legal responses?

2. What is gained or lost through the development of "universal" international legal frameworks and their application to peoples and groups with very particular histories and lives affected by racism, colonialism and law?

3. How does the legacy of colonialism and racism appear in current rules, laws and practices in everyday domains such as health, education, immigrant and refugee rights, employment, or other arenas? What major changes in legal doctrine and practice would authors welcome and why?

4. As an activist and practitioner working at the intersection of these issues, what have you been your experiences advocating for/initiating change (legal, community, etc.) at the intersections of issues of race, colonialism and law as defined in your locale?

Of course, this list is not meant to be exhaustive. We welcome contributions that use these ideas as a point of departure as well as those which offer new insights not addressed here.

Papers must be received by April 1, 2012 to be considered for publication in this issue. Please send manuscript submissions to the editor: See Style Guidelines ( to prepare your document in accordance with the style guidelines of Race/Ethnicity.

Submission of artwork for the cover that relates to the theme of the issue is welcome. See website at for submission guidelines.

Contributions are requested for the Kirwan Institute /Office of Diversity and Inclusion journal, Race and Ethnicity. The objective of the journal is to bridge the divide between voices from the academy and practice. The journal therefore contains work that adheres to the experience and traditions of academia, as well as those which illustrate the priorities and experiences of activists. We welcome all contributions which fit into either one of these categories, as well as work that bridges them.

Guest Editor Iyiola Solanke, Associate Professor at Leeds University Law School in England, and the editorial staff of Race/Ethnicity invite submissions for the first issue of its sixth volume, entitled "Racism, Colonialism and Law."