CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Race and Ethnic Studies Division of the Cultural Studies Association

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Matthew W. Hughey
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“Where Do We Go From Here?”
Examining the future of color-blind ideologies, racial identities, and
racialized institutions

2007-2008 is a time in which we are reminded of significant historical
anniversaries concerning race and racism. Our contemporary moment represents:

· The 400th anniversary of the settling of Jamestown where the first
Africans were brought in 1619;
· The 200th anniversary of Britain’s abolition of the Transatlantic Slave
· The 150th anniversary of the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision;
· The 30th anniversary of the arguing of the constitutionality of
affirmative action before the Supreme Court (Regents of the University of
California v. Bakke);
· The 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark SCLC
(Southern Christian Leadership Conference) speech and publication entitled,
Where Do We Go From Here?

With these in mind, both today’s social progress and regress are
illuminated. The recognition of this dialectic opens up a space for
analyzing how the racial politics of our “post-civil rights era” are
becoming increasingly contradictory: We have an official racial ideology
of “color-blindness” (as evidenced by the 2007 Meredith v. Jefferson County
Board of Education decision) while we simultaneously have an enduring
racialization of identities, institutions, and public spaces. We have
various measures of social control that are hyper-racialized from police,
immigration, and national security profiling, the juggernaut of the
mounting prison-industrial complex, to the continued dismantling of
Keynesian economic ideology and the welfare state, yet many people remain
convinced that the country has moved beyond race. We exhibit an irrational
allegiance to the narrative of “racial progress” that directly contradicts
the material conditions of the abandonment of (and nationwide commitment to
forget) post-Katrina New Orleans (and rural areas of Louisiana and
Mississippi), the strengthening of White Nationalist and Nativist
movements, and the continuation of U.S. domination of darker-skinned
nations on the “underside of modernity” (from the Middle-East to South
America). Together, these contradictions represent the “continued
significance” of race and racism for the protection, propagation and
prolongation of racial inequality.

Within this milieu, we invite submissions for one paper session and one
roundtable session (see below) that considers the future of the tripartite
relationship between 1) now dominant color-blind ideologies, 2) various
processes of “racial identity formation,” and 3) the role of institutions
in either protecting or attacking racism and racial inequality.

1. PAPER SESSIONS are inclusive of 3 to 4 presenters (and 1 moderator) in
which panelists offer the highlights of a prepared paper. Paper sessions
are devoted primarily to the advancement of specific ideas prepared from

2. ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS are inclusive of 6 to 8 panelists (and 1 moderator)
who offer brief remarks from a prepared position paper, but the bulk of the
session is devoted to discussion among the panelists and audience members.

Please send titles and abstracts of less than 500 words before 1 November
2007 to RESD chair Matthew W. Hughey (Departments of African American
Studies, Media Studies, and Sociology - University of Virginia) at: Please include the following:

1. Your name, email address, department and institutional affiliation.
2. Your preference for a panel or seminar.
3. A request for any needed audio-visual equipment (Late requests cannot be

For the 2008 Conference site, including details, deadlines, and open calls
for papers and sessions, see:

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