Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference 2021: “Theory and Scholarship” of Diversity Roundtable

deadline for submissions: 
March 12, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Indu Ohri / Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA)
contact email: 

Seeking discussants for the roundtable “Theory and Scholarship” on Diversity and Inclusion at the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA) virtual conference on March 13, 2021 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. The panel co-chairs invite discussants from a wide variety of fields working on nineteenth-century research that speaks to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion or “undisciplining” Victorian studies. The co-chairs will ask discussants to answer a series of four questions (included below). The discussants will have 10 minutes to chat amongst themselves for each question. We will then open it up so the audience can discuss these topics or the participants and audience could converse together in an inclusive conversation. 

Please contact Indu Ohri at io3jc@virginia.edu by Friday, March 12 at 5 pm EST if you’re available to join the roundtable and interested in participating. While the deadline is Friday, please email me as soon as possible with a statement of interest. This and several other roundtables at the conference are the work of the newly-created NCSA Diversity Committee. Roundtable participants will be able to attend this roundtable without paying for conference registration, but must still pay for for membership with NCSA.

Roundtable Questions for Discussants:

1. How would you introduce yourself as a scholar, academic, teacher, and human in the context of this roundtable? We're looking to interrogate the form of the scholarly intro within the context of conferences. 

2. What set of terms do you use to signal your diversity, equity, and inclusion work, and what are your thoughts about specific terms or the various sets of terms that we currently use in academia? Examples might be: critical race studies; migration studies; center and periphery; global anglophone; postcolonial studies.

3. Can you talk specifically about "unlearning" and "decolonizing"? What does it mean to "unlearn" and "decolonize"? A lot of these terms are circulating but it can be fuzzy what they mean. Can we come up with a set of theorists, think pieces, etc? Critical bibliography. 

4. Can you speak about your understanding of and ideas about the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives across campuses, such as committees and officers? Meta-theorizing the concept of, and the implementation of, diversity and inclusion itself?