Resisting Identities: Possibilities of (Re)emergence

deadline for submissions: 
March 22, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Department of English at Binghamton University

Deadline Extended!

Date of Conference: Saturday, April 25th, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Manu Karuka

Location: Binghamton, New York

The political turmoil taking place on a global scale, such as Chile, Hongkong, Iraq, Myanmar, and the United States, calls for a close examination of the state apparatus and brings out the urgency of coalescing resisting identities against the tremendous neoliberal authoritarianism. Witnessing the increasing criminalization of migrants and immigrants, queer bodies, religious as well as other minority identities, we search for alternatives that are non-conforming to global capitalistic regimes. Contemplating resistant strategies against the stultifying identity politics as resembled by the U.S. official antiracist liberal-capitalist orders, this year’s Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders conference invites critical insights on the history and future of community forming. We encourage prospective participants to rethink American Studies as an unruly field from different approaches. How do we form a common ground that connects differences? How do we think beyond individualism not only at a contemporary moment but also through the history of abolition, suffrage, and reform? How do communities who are considered as “landless” through music, literature, religion, art, etc., construct their sense of reality?  How do we reconsider the notion of identity through different modes of belonging in relationalities? Topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Decolonial Theory
  • Indigenous Studies  
  • Relationalities and Connectivities
  • Anthropocene and Capitalocene
  • Biomedicalization and Technoscience
  • Community Forming under Duress
  • Creative Artworks 
  • Critical Adoption Studies
  • Disabilities Studies
  • Environmental Activism
  • Familialism and Kinship 
  • Necropolitics
  • Queer Studies
  • Racial Capitalism
  • Social/Political Activism
  • Slavery and Emancipation 
  • Spatiality
  • State(less)ness
  • War on Drugs
  • War on Terror
  • Whiteness Studies
  • Women of Color Feminism

Please submit your proposal of 300- words to With the proposal, include a  separate page with presenters’ bios, department affiliations, and technical requirements, if any. Questions or concerns could be directed to conference organizer Chenrui Zhao at