We, members of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association Working Group, write in support of faculty and students at San Francisco State University who have organized to resist the proposed budget cuts against Ethnic Studies. On May 9th 2016, the Chairs Council of the College of Ethnic Studies organized a community-wide press conference to support students who began an indefinite hunger strike last week.
This special issue will bring together compelling discussions of corresponding and sometimes competing definitions of justice in critical ethnic studies. Each paper will respond to a set of questions designed to reveal the salient points of convergence and difference between intellectual/political traditions and approaches (e.g. Indigenous sovereignty, Black radical traditions, queer of color critique, Native feminisms, third world feminisms, Afropessimism, disability/crip studies, trans* and multigender theories, border and migration studies, critical refugee studies). The submission deadline for this Fall 2016 special issue is September 30, 2015.
Critical Ethnic Studies provides a space for unique and insurgent critique within ethnic studies. It explores the guiding question of The Critical Ethnic Studies Association, which is: how do the histories of colonialism and conquest, racial chattel slavery, and white supremacist patriarchies and heteronormativities affect, inspire, and unsettle scholarship and activism in the present?
On behalf of the Conference Organizing Committee of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association 2015, we would like to provide all participants and presenters first, with an update on the current political struggles here at York University and second, to release the Conference Schedule and the plenary details.