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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in solidarity,