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Race, Whiteness and Indigeneity: An International Conference


Race, Whiteness and Indigeneity: An International Conference
Marriot Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland
5-7 June 2017

A substantive body of international scholarship, from different disciplines, has focused on researching and understanding how race has been central to the spread of empire and colonization. Beginning in the 1400s Western Europeans fastened their global expansion to the categorization, designation and ranking of human populations according to a racial hierarchy. Indigenous lands and peoples in Africa, Asia and the Pacific were made possessions, in colonizing processes of renaming, mapping, appropriating, exploiting and dispossessing. Critical Race and Whiteness research and scholarship in the USA and Canada has been central to theorizing and researching how race and whiteness functions and operates, and how both are engaged and appropriated in different geographical locations and historical moments. However, the focus has not been on these countries as specifically imperial and colonizing contexts, instead a broader approach to race and whiteness has been taken. The imperial traces of race, however, continue to shape policies, perceptions, law and everyday practices.

This conference begins an interdisciplinary conversation focusing on race, whiteness and Indigeneity within the context of settler colonialisms in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii. It offers an opportunity to participate in increasingly voluble and global conversations about the denial and significance of race, whiteness and Indigeneity in the 21st century. The conference not only introduces new theoretical developments and knowledge, it also provides researchers and policy makers with an engaging forum in which to discuss the historical and contemporary links between race, Indigeneity and whiteness. Bringing together leading national and international scholars working in Critical Race Studies, Indigenous Studies and Whiteness Studies,  the conference will  initiate conversations about race, Indigeneity, whiteness and their mutually constitutive relationships. The conference will feature four plenary sessions related to future directions for teaching, research and policy plus concurrent sessions and roundtable discussions.
Professor Cheryl Harris (UCLA)
Professor David Roedigger (U Kansas)
Associate Professor Kim Tallbear (U Alberta)
Professor Devon Carbado (UCLA)
Professor Brendan Hokowhitu (U Waikato)
Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson (QUT)
Professor Angela Riley (UCLA)
Professor Steve Larkin (U Newcastle)
Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith (U Waikato)
Associate Professor Shannon Speed (UCLA)
Associate Professor Hokulani Aikau (U Hawaii)
Professor Chris Anderson (U Alberta)





Critical Race and Whiteness Studies e-journal

 Call for Reviewers

Call for Book Reviewers:
The Critical Race and Whiteness Studies eJournal frequently receives books for review. Interested reviewers should contact the CRAWS reviews editor by email (Samantha.schulz@flinders.edu.au) indicating their book of interest, postal details, and a brief bio outlining their current position and field of research. The journal publishes two issues per year. Book reviews are typically 1,000 words in length. Books currently available for review:

Kantola, J. (2010). Gender and the European Union. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Magnet, S. A. (2011). When biometrics fail: Gender, race, and the technology of
Durham and London: Duke University Press.
Kundnani, A. (2014). The Muslims are coming: Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic
war on terror.
London: Verso.
White, M. (2015). Producing women: The internet, traditional femininity, queerness, and creativity. New York: Routledge.
Den Ouden, A. E. & O’Brien, J. M. (Eds)(2013). Recognition, sovereignty, struggles and Indigenous rights in the United States: A sourcebook. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
Third, A. (2014). Gender and the political: Deconstructing the female terrorist. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Upcoming Events

Australian Educational researcher journal call for papers - special issue

Call for Papers
Special Issue of: Australian Educational Researcher
Guest Editors: 
Professor Tracey Bunda, University of Southern Queensland
Val Klenowski, Queensland University of Technology
Australian Educational Researcher is seeking submissions to a Special Issue to be led by Indigenous colleagues.  While we do not intend to exclude non-Indigenous authors, we would like to emphasise that we
are seeking articles that are led by Indigenous colleagues.  The decision to use the term Indigenous is to
ensure that it is inclusive of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacifika colleagues. 

In the context of human rights calls for constitutional reform to advance reconciliation and to protect the rights of all we consider this issue to be timely. Additionally, given current educational debates on curriculum and assessment change, this issue aims to provide an opportunity for authors to focus on Indigenous research and related issues in different educational contexts and at different levels of the system.

High quality original submissions on any aspect of Indigenous education and research related to practices, policies, methodologies and theoretical approaches are invited. In particular, we are interested in the challenges that have been identified and addressed such as how Indigenous approaches to learning, to teaching or to research can be developed and maintained. 

Possible topic areas include (but are not limited to):
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies: Knowledges
Teaching and Learning
[Interrogating] Institutional practices
De-colonising methodologies
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing
Radical practice[s]
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander research
Place and Race
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education policy
Ethical research with Indigenous participants in schools
Challenges of applying Indigenous methodologies in highly institutionalised contexts 
Please send proposals, of between 300 – 500 words to Tracey Bunda at the following email address: Tracey.Bunda@usq.edu.au Informal inquiries can be sent to this address cc Val.Klenowski@qut.edu.au

Please include the following information to your proposal:

  • Title of article

  • Author name(s), affiliation(s)
    and contact information

  • An explanation of the article,
    highlighting novel features

  • An explanation of the
    contribution the article will make to quality Indigenous research and education
    either from a practical or theoretical perspective. 

Successful authors will be invited to submit full papers for peer review following normal procedures.  The following timeline is anticipated: 

Proposal to submission deadline December 2015

Invitation to submit for peer review with support June 2016

Full paper submission  December 2016

Anticipated publication date  2017

 Analysing islamaphobia

Analysing Islamophobia
A Workshop & Masterclass with Mayanthi Fernando (University of California
Santa Cruz and author of The Republic Unsettled, Duke University Press),
Gilbert Caluya (University of South Australia), Yassir Morsi (University of
South Australia). Students and scholars are invited to attend this workshop and
masterclass to be held at Western Sydney University and organised by the Centre
for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding, University of South Australia. The
workshop in the morning will be followed by an afternoon masterclass in
ethnographic methods led by Mayanthi Fernando and based on readings from her
9 December 2015 09:30 am - 04:30 pm
Western Sydney University Parramatta Campus Address (Room): PS EB.G.05


Please email: a.lentin@westernsydney.edu.au to RSVP by: 1 December.

Speakers: Mayanthi Fernando, Gilbert Caluya, Yassir Morsi, Alana Lentin

Updated: 29th March 2017