CFP: BorderPolitics of Whiteness Conference (Australia) (8/30/06; 12/11/06-12/12/06)

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-Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Quandamooka First Nation,
Professor of Indigenous Studies at Queensland University of Technology,
a leading scholar in Whiteness Studies and a founder of the Australian
Critical Race and Whiteness Studies is a keynote speaker.

- Conference Participants will have the opportunity to
be considered for refereed publication for ACRAWSA e-journal.

-Postgraduate students will be eligible to apply for an ACRAWSA
scholarship to fund their registration costs. Information will be
available on the website from mid-September.

-We are looking forward to your input in the organising of a number of
forums and panels that will bring together academics and community
representatives to devise strategies against the various forms of
'violence' in the context of racialised borders.

-Our Website is finally up and running and can now be
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-Look for a list of related events on our website including the one day
Conference'Not Another Hijab Row: New Conversations on Gender, Race,
Religion and the Making of Communities", UTS, December 10, Sydney.

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

Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Quandamooka First Nation,
Professor of Indigenous Studies at Queensland University of Technology

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

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

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


In recent years, celebrative rhetoric about the 'the global village' 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.

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.

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 panel
proposals with specific themes. Panel proposals need to be accompanied
by a short panel abstract (200-250 words) regarding the panel. Possible
topics include:

whiteness and law
Indigenous challenges/negotiations
whiteness and the beach
the Cronulla riots
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


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

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