Critical Race Studies Symposium at UCLA, March 2010

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From the FLP Mailbox, this notices of a Critical Race Studies Symposium:

4th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium:

Intersectionality: Challenging Theory, Reframing Politics, Transforming Movements

March 11-13th, 2010

UCLA School of Law

Los Angeles, California

Since the publication of Kimberlé Crenshaw’s formative articles – Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race & Sex (1989), and Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics & Violence Against Women of Color (1994) – the concept of intersectionality has traversed more than a dozen academic disciplines and transnational and popular political discourse, generated multiple conferences, monographs, and anthologies, and animated hundreds of articles and essays. In the twenty years since Crenshaw introduced intersectionality, critiques of identity politics and multiculturalism and, more recently, claims of a “post-racial” era have blossomed.

In 2010, we will re-visit the origins of intersectionality as a theoretical frame and site of legal interventions and consider its still unfolding potential for unmasking subordination and provoking social change. Confirmed participants are listed here.

We are pleased to solicit proposals for individual papers or whole sessions, engaging one or more of our five embedded themes. Key areas of inquiry include:

a) Intersectionality Across Disciplines, with particular emphasis on research methodologies, new applications and comparative analyses;

b) Intersectional Praxis, engaging the integration of theory with advocacy and activism, and concerned with the practical dilemmas entailed in navigating intersections of race, gender, class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, citizenship, ethnicity and/or related dynamics;

c) Intersectionality and Post-racialism, particularly highlighting the contradicting ways that intersectionality has been positioned as both a precursor to post-racialism and as a critique of its symbolic content;

d) Intersectionality and Transnationalism, specifically recognizing the intersecting dynamics of subordination that sustain, transgress or delineate borders and highlighting discourses that disrupt the premises of globalization, imperialism and international law;

e) Intersectionality Embodied, interrogating how intersectionality plays out in the production of legitimate and illegitimate sexualities, the construction of normative, (de)valued, or able bodies, and the challenges in deploying discourses of rights and recognition as interventionist tools.

All proposals should include the session or paper title, a 300-500 word abstract, the names, affiliations, and C.V.s or resumes of all participants, and any audio-visual requests. Session proposals should specify panel, roundtable, or workshop format. Panels integrating practitioners or advocates, including both junior and senior scholars and/or including graduate or law students, are strongly encouraged. The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to January 15, 2010. Please submit questions about the event and proposals to

The program has many co-sponsors.   For the full list, see here.  

-Posted  by Bridget Crawford

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