CONFERENCE INFORMATION

CESA 2015 CONFERENCE!

Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Surviving Racism, Extraction and Dispossession

April 30 - May 3, 2015
York University, Toronto
 


In December 2012, four women sparked the most recent movement to honour Indigenous sovereignty and protect the environment. They named the exploitation of Indigenous land and resources as the source of state and corporate wealth, and referred to the “interconnections of race, gender, sexuality, class and other identity constructions in ongoing oppression” of Indigenous people.

The third conference of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association aims to continue the critique of toxic industries and “industrial complexes” (academic, nonprofit, prison, psychiatric, medical, arts, etc.) by shedding light on exploitation and expropriation, and by examining the institutions, methods and molds that comprise globalized imperialist capitalism, including anti-oppression movements themselves. This call is premised on the need for Indigenous decolonization, and invites a focus on a range of struggles within this context, including food, water and seed sovereignty, struggles between postcolonial state sovereignties and imperialist sovereignties, liberation of racialized groups and other non-state nations, and the implications of economies of race, gender, sexuality and disability in all of these.

Acknowledging the forerunning work of Indigenous feminists, migrant feminists and feminists of color, we would like to open up space for further interconnections at the heart of critical ethnic studies, including disabled Indigenous and people of colour perspectives, and two-spirit and trans/queer of color perspectives. We are interested in facilitating abolitionist and decolonizing conversations on various industrial formations, including the academic industrial complex, in the face of permanent precarity, extraction and exploitation, unequal divisions of labor, risks and benefits of critique, and the uneven institutionalization of liberation movements through programs around gender, sexuality, disability, environmentalism, multiculturalism and Indigeneity. We aim to provide a space where resistance and oppression can be thought transnationally (including outside the US and in the global south), in ways that attend to the travels and cross-fertilizations of racist and colonial methods in various geopolitical contexts and regimes, such as settler-colonialism, occupation and apartheid; race and coloniality in the global south; globalized travels of anti-blackness; colonialism and development; and confinement, border fortification and global wars on terror.  
 

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