Message from the New ACRAWSA President

Dear ACRAWSA members and friends,

I am delighted that I have been given the honour of taking over the Presidency of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies from Distinguished Professor, Aileen Moreton-Robinson. I will be in the role until 2019 accompanied by a wonderful term:

Yassir Morsi, Vice-President

Alissa Macoun, Secretary

Sharlene Leroy-Dyer, Treasurer

Jason Brailey, Publicity Officer

Fi Belcher, Postgraduate Representative

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a race critical scholar working at Western Sydney University. I have lived on Gadigal country for five years having previously lived and worked in Europe. My personal website is here.

ACRAWSA has been a little silent over the last few years but we want to change that. We want to create a radically inclusive association in which everyone involved in thinking about critical race and whiteness in their myriad guises can get involved.

We have many nascent plans that, as the executive committee, we are beginning to discuss. Some of these include thematic groups, local chapters, live-streamed seminars, a podcast series, and an accessible annual conference.

In order to get these plans off the ground, we have a lot to do, not least renovating the website and updating our membership lists. We will be sharing information about how to get involved as soon as the website has been put back online. However, I can tell you that joining costs will be kept to a minimum including a flat $25 annual joining fee for Zone 2 members, students, unwaged and sessional academic staff!

If you have any comments or ideas you would like to share about what direction ACRAWSA can take over the coming years, please feel free to email me at

Yours in solidarity,

Alana Lentin



Alana Lentin is Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at the Western Sydney University. She works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism. She is co-editor of the Rowman and Littlefield International book series, Challenging Migration Studies. Her latest books are Racism and Sociology (with Wulf D. Hund 2014) and The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Gavan Titley, 2011). Her articles have appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, European Journal of Social Theory, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Patterns of Prejudice.

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