CFP: Race and the Post-Civil Rights South (1/12/07; 3/38/07-3/29/07)

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The Scholars in Critical Race Studies (SCRS) at the University of =
Memphis seek submissions for their second annual colloquium, "Race and =
the Post-Civil Rights South," March 28-29, 2007. Keynote speakers will =
be Adolph Reed and Kenneth Warren. Please send all inquiries or =
proposals to The deadline for 250-500 word abstracts =
of 30-minute papers is January 12, 2007. Selected papers will be =
published in a special issue of the journal Patterns of Prejudice.

Scholars affiliated with SCRS examine the historical evolution and =
contemporary expression of race as a social category for discriminating, =
organizing, regulating and maintaining social differences. By revealing =
that racial categories emerge in specific contexts connected to power, =
politics, economics and culture, these scholars destabilize those =
categories as natural or transhistorical. The point is to disclose how =
race operates in differing situations and texts, in order to undermine =
the force of racism. The SCRS is an interdisciplinary forum that seeks =
to facilitate a conversation by scholars across the humanities and =
social sciences, including Philosophy, Literature, History, Foreign =
Languages, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and Jewish =

Submissions are welcome in the following categories, but the suggested =
topics below are by no means exclusive. We particularly welcome =
contributors from the extended Mid-South region (Tennessee, Mississippi, =
Louisiana, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas).

 =B7 What constitutes the "post-civil rights" era? To what extent =
is an appeal to rights still useful?

=B7 The meaning of racial solidarity in the post-civil rights era

=B7 The roles of race, class, and gender in the post-civil rights =

=B7 Non-African American voices in post-civil rights struggle=20

=B7 Coalition building in the post-civil rights era

=B7 Ideas of hope and hopelessness in the face of persistent =

=B7 Expressions of and responses to racism within material and =
intangible heritage

=B7 How do anti-racist struggles in the contemporary U.S. =
South-or, for that matter, the previous "Jim Crow" South-parallel, =
inform, or participate in other aspects of national, postcolonial, or =
global activism?=20

This colloquium is made possible by the generosity of the Benjamin L. =
Hooks Institute for Social Change, the Bornblum Judaic Studies Center, =
the Office of Extended Programs, the College of Arts and Sciences, and =
the Women's Studies Program at The University of Memphis. It will be =
held at the National Civil Rights Museum and the University of Memphis.

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