CFP: Borderpolitics of Whiteness (Australia) (8/30/06; 12/11/07-12/13/07)

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For your Information and Distribution I have attached here a call for =
for the BorderPolitics of Whiteness Conference. Hope to see you there!

The Department of Critical and Cultural Studies and the Australian =
Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association are pleased to announce


December 11-13
Carlton Crest Hotel, Sydney

KEYNOTES (secured as of now)

Professor David Theo Goldberg, Director, University of California =
Humanities Research Institute

Professor Cheryl Harris, Law, University of California, Los Angeles. =20

Associate Professor Joseph Pugliese, Critical and Cultural Studies, =
Macquarie University


In recent years, celebrative rhetoric about the =E2=80=98the global =
village=E2=80=99 and the erosion of national borders appears to have =
shifted. Borderpolitics has become an organisational principle not only =
at the level of governmental concerns or media debates, but in the =
practices of everyday life. This is because the securing of borders is =
not simply about national sovereignty, but about the reconfiguring of =
zones of inclusion, exclusion, and the in-between in relation to social, =
political, economic, and cultural practices. =20

The practices and implications of borderpolitics open up a space for =
critical investigation especially in the area of Race, Ethnicity and =
Whiteness Studies. This field is concerned not merely with the politics =
of racial identities (although this is one of its concerns) but with the =
complex formation of colonial and racialised systems of knowledge. These =
knowledges permeate a range of disciplinary areas such as education, =
international relations, law, culture, geography, media, religion, =
management, tourism, terrorism, anthropology, sociology, politics, gender, =
sexuality, bodies, linguistics, philosophy, history, medicine, statistics, =
economics, biology and visual arts among others.=20

We invite speakers from a broad range of disciplines who are interested in =
examining borderpolitics with particular reference to the way in which =
whiteness is implicated in the construction of borders in their multiple =
configurations, and the manner in which Race, Ethnicity, and Whiteness =
Studies can intervene in and engage with border practices.

We welcome individual abstracts (200-250 words) as well as =E2=80=A8panel =
proposals with specific themes. Panel proposals need to be=E2=80=A8 =
accompanied by a short panel abstract (200-250 words) regarding the =
=E2=80=A8panel. Possible topics include:=20

whiteness and law
Indigenous challenges/negotiations
whiteness and the beach
the Cronulla riots=20
whiteness and contested histories
race relations in community activism
whiteness in the work of contemporary artists
whiteness and sexual borders
whiteness and gendered borders
whiteness and the body
whiteness and language
white hybridities
whiteness and the state
whiteness and media technologies
whiteness and writing
whiteness and nationalism
whiteness and religion
whiteness and maps
whiteness and multiculturalism
whiteness and diasporas
whiteness in international relations
whiteness and terrorism
borders and war
whiteness and surveillance technologies
peacemaking processes.
transnational whiteness
whiteness in institutional contexts
whiteness and medicine
whiteness and science
whiteness and education
whiteness and political economies

Deadline for Abstracts: August 30, 2006

You may send your abstracts or direct inquiries about the conference to =
Elaine Laforteza at=20

Website (coming soon):

Conference Convenors: Dr. Goldie Osuri, Macquarie University
Lara Palombo, Macquarie and Adelaide University

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