Queering Racial Capitalism: Visions of Transformative Justice

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
The University of British Columbia’s Social Justice Institute Graduate Students Conference

Conference Date: April 4, 2020

Liu Institute for Global Studies



Dr. Chandan Reddy

Associate Professor, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

University of Washington


Race is not only about identity or skin colour. Capitalism has been racialized from its origins, and has produced a modern world system that derives economic value from the commodification of racial identities through slavery, imperialism, and genocide. Furthermore, racial capitalism has been accompanied by biopolitical technologies that regulate sexuality and enforce heteronormativity making it also a gendered process. 

Neoliberalism, the current stage of racial capitalism has brought increasing levels of inequality and dispossession; as well as a resurgence of far-right-wing politics, white supremacy, xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny, and environmental racism (with the exploitation of indigenous peoples and their lands). Massive protests are taking the streets around the world against neoliberalism demanding social justice. 

“Queering Racial Capitalism” examines the ways sexual politics are deployed to support neoliberalism and inequality around the world, and how a queer agenda that takes into account class could be organized towards social transformation. What interventions are possible?  

The Graduate Students Association at the University of British Columbia Social Justice Institute invites submissions of paper proposals as well as artistic interventions for our inaugural Graduate Students Conference. This year’s conference theme, Queering Racial Capitalism: Visions of Transformative Justice, will focus on racial capitalism, emphasizing feminist, queer, trans, abolitionist, and intersectional interventions.


Submission Information

We welcome papers from all disciplines, with a focus on intersectional social justice. We also encourage artistic proposals

Please submit 1 page abstracts to sjigradconference@gmail.com for consideration.

The deadline for all submission proposals is January 31, 2020. 


Questions? Contact the conference at sjigradconference@gmail.com


This conference takes place on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of the  Xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation.