Welcome to the ACRAWSA Blog.
This new online platform is a space for Australian scholars – senior or junior, prominent or emergent, as well as activists, practitioners, artists, and writers – who wish to engage with each other and to participate in public debates on issues of relevance to us as a community of race critical thinkers.
The ACRAWSA Blog is an academic and activist forum and a resource for the association’s members. A key intention is to foster a community of postgraduate students and early career researchers, in Australia and internationally.
Articles that raise questions of Aboriginal sovereignty and that are written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be prioritised.
The blog is divided into three main sections: Kardla (Fire), Warra (Voice) and Wangkanthi/Yurikaityanthi (Talking. Listening – Reviews). For an explanation of the reasons behind the choice of these words from the Kaurna language, please click here.
Kardla hosts contributions to public debates on race and racism by ACRAWSA members and the broader community of anti-racist activists, writers and practitioners. Organised thematically, these will be archived to facilitate their use as both a writing and teaching resource on issues and events that require a rapid response that the normal channels of academic publishing cannot provide.
Kardla also has the scope to explore topics often overlooked by academic publications, or which require shorter and/or less theoretical contributions, such as the politics of organising conferences, sovereign research and teaching practices, doing research with marginalised communities, and so on.
Warra is a race critical academic writing workshop. ACRAWSA intends to support domestic and international postgraduate students and early career researchers working in critical race and whiteness studies by providing them with editorial mentorship and the opportunity to showcase their work within the Voice section of the ACRAWSA Blog.
Contributions by scholars, activists, practitioners and writers are solicited in the form of interventions into relevant topics and debates on a monthly base. Contributions from postgraduate students and early career researchers are welcome at any time and on any topic.
ACRAWSA is also aware of the significance that cultural representations and productions have for our members. Academic and creative work are indeed of equal importance to sustain us through our daily lives and struggles. We are also interested in receiving reviews of novels, plays, films and art exhibitions, as well as commentaries on conferences, seminars, workshops etc in the Wangkanthi.Yurikaityanthi (talking/listening) section of the blog.