Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession

April 30-May3, 2015

York University, Toronto ON

 

CONFERENCE TOPIC: The 2015 conference of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association honours Indigenous sovereignty struggles for land, culture, food, water, education, and health—and centres Indigenous, Black, and people of colour activism and scholarship, especially work coming from feminist, trans, Two-Spirit, queer, and disability struggles and perspectives.

This international gathering aims to critique settler colonialism and white supremacy; challenge colonial gender binaries; examine genealogies of anti-Black racism and colonial racial formations; and think about resistance and oppression transnationally, in ways that challenge western hegemony and the travels of racist and colonial methods.

This gathering brings African, Caribbean, Equity, Diaspora, Critical Race, Native, Trans, and Disability Studies into conversation with Ethnic Studies to critique genocide, racialized sexual violence, and capitalism; and to engage with conditions of borders, land, migration, displacement, labour, prisons, war, development, occupation, ableism, racism, and apartheid.

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: The deadline to submit and edit a proposal is December 19, 2014 at 5pm EST. 

 

WHO CAN SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: We encourage proposals by community members, social justice organizers, cultural workers, activists, students, academics, independent scholars, teachers, media makers, human rights advocates, and anyone interested in analyzing the conditions of our work, lives, and struggles.

Proposals should address how presenters will connect to the theme of Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession. Proposed sessions should encourage participation, collaboration, and creativity through a variety of formats; and strive to be accessible to a diverse audience of emerging leaders, researchers.  To ensure the active involvement of CESA’s members, constituency, and the broader social justice community, an individual or group may not submit more than two proposals.

 

FORMATS: We invite panels, interactive workshop, and individual paper submissions on a wide range of topics that may include, but are not limited to, the conference themes.  We seek proposals that explore local and global forms of imperialism, white supremacy, and colonialism—and challenge neoliberal policies and legacies of slavery, confront ableism, and unsettle heteropatriarchy by forging new theoretical and practical conversations.

We recommend presentation formats that encourage participation, collaboration, and creativity. Proposals may include performances, interactive workshops, open discussions, roundtables, films, activist studios, academic papers, panels, strategy sessions, learning labs, writing salons, and others. We encourage submissions by community members, social justice organizers, cultural workers, activists, students, academics, independent scholars, teachers, media makers, human rights advocates, and anyone interested in analyzing the conditions of our work, lives, and struggles.  Submissions on a wide range of topics that may include but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Settler colonialism, white supremacy and anti-Black racism
  • Land Defense and Environmental Justice
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Incarceration, Criminalization, and State Violence
  • Colonial Captialism, Neoliberalization and the Precarity of Labour
  • Health, Disability, and Disablement
  • Migration, Global Imperialisms and Border Policing
  • Transnationalism and Ethnicity
  • Social movements and activism
  • Contested archives
  • Queer archives
  • Sounds, images, and performances
  • Intersections of Trans studies and Critical Race and Ethnic studies
  • Queering Ethnic Studies
  • Heteropatriarchy
  • Intersections of Disability Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Critical Genocide Studies
  • Technologizing ethnic studies
  • Professionalization, praxis, and the academic industrial complex
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Critical Ethnic Studies, un-disciplinarity, and relationship to other fields
  • Decolonization and empire
  • Critical imaginaries, alternate presents and futures

 

PROPOSAL CATEGORIES:  We invite submissions by individuals and/or groups in the following categories:

  • Film Screening: [group or individual]  A film screening with producers, editors, directors, and/or others affiliated with the film, followed by a self-facilitated question and answer session. Presenters are responsible for providing the film on the day of their scheduled session.  Each film must include open captioning.  Please note the length of your film in your submission. Scheduled films will run during a 90-minute session.  If there is more than one presenter, a Chair must be identified who will maintain communication amongst other presenters and with CESA. All presenters must be included on this form.
  • Paper Submission: [individual]  Individual presentations on organizing, activism, research, or scholarship. Three or four individual paper submissions on related topics will be combined into panels. Panels will be 90 minutes, with each presentations being 10 – 15 minutes in length to create adequate time for discussion.   If accepted, we will place you on a panel of speakers working on related topics. 
  • Performance: [group or individual]  A live video or audiovisual performance including theater, dance, play, musical performance or a combination of these or other forms of performance, followed by a question and answer session or brief presentation session with the performer(s).  If this is a group performance,  one of the performers must be nominated for maintaining communication amongst other performers and with CESA, and be listed as “Chair” of the submission. All performers must be included on this form. Please come prepared with all necessary supplies for your workshop. 
  • Panel: [group]  A group submission consisting of no less than three and no more than five individual presentations on organizing, activism, research, or scholarship.  In addition, the panel must include a “Chair” who may also be listed as a presenter on the panel.  The chair will maintain communication amongst panelists and with CESA. A discussant(s) is optional. The discussant(s), should you choose to have one, cannot also serve as a panelist but can serve a dual role as Chair and/or comment on the session. All panelists, including discussants, must be listed on this form.
  • Roundtable: [group]  A group submission with no limit of presenters. Roundtable sessions consist of short presentations designed to generate conversation with conference attendees on any set of themes or topics. In addition, the roundtable must include a “Chair” who may also serve as a presenter on the roundtable and will maintain communication amongst other presenters and with CESA. All presenters must be included on this form.  Please come prepared with all necessary supplies for your roundtable.
  • Workshop: [group or individual]  An interactive session with an individual or a group of facilitators. Workshop sessions may take many formats from educational to strategy sessions, to media trainings, to know-your-rights, skill shares and more.  If there is more than one facilitator, a Chair must be identified who will maintain communication amongst other presenters and with CESA. All presenters must be included on this form. Please come prepared with all necessary supplies for your workshop. 
  • Arts Engagement Workshop: [group or individual]  An interactive or participatory arts engagement facilitated by an individual or a group of community artists. Examples include skills sharing, consciousness raising, and exploring politics or visions through art, often involving audience participation.  If there is more than one artist presenting, a ‘Chair’ must be identified who be responsible for maintaining communication amongst other members of the group and with CESA.   All presenters must be included on this form. Please come prepared with all necessary supplies for your workshop. 
  • Activist Report-back: [group or individual]  An individual or group submission consisting of a presentation of work, action or campaign that a group or organization is engaging in. It can be a report of a recent actions or progress in campaign work. This session can have a specific goal for the organization, i.e. to raise awareness, recruit members, get signatures for a petition, or network-building. The session can also include  an activity, i.e. letter-writing, sign-making.  If there is more than one presenter, a ‘Chair’ should be identified who will maintain communication amongst the other presenters and with CESA. All presenters must be included on this form. Please come prepared with all necessary supplies for your session.
  • Community Walk/Tour: [group or individual] An individual or group submission exploring alternative or silenced neighbourhood histories, e.g. of criminalization, gentrification, colonialism and resistance. If there is more than one presenter, a Chair should be identified who will maintain communication amongst the other presenters and with CESA.  All Community Walk/Tour presenters must be included on this form.
  • Soundbites and Pitches: [group]  A group session consisting of brief sharing of ideas relating to the conference theme, with goal of brainstorming and developing potential individual or collaborative projects. Soundbites and pitches may involve 5-minute presentations where people give a blurb about their projects they are or would like to work on. For example, this may resemble a speed dating session where folks mix and mingle in pairs around the room. One of the presenters should be designated as “Chair” and maintain communication amongst the other presenters and with CESA. All presenters must be included on this form.
  • World Cafe or Conversation Cafe: [group]  Each table in a cafe or any space has a question on it for discussion. Folks go to any tables they wish and engage in the conversations about the topic/question at that table. People can leave one table at any time and join another and so on. One presenter must be present at each discussion table to facilitate the conversation.   One of the presenters should be designated as “Chair” and maintain communication amongst the other presenters and with CESA. All presenters in the Café must be included on this form.

All sessions, except for walking tours, will be allotted 90 minutes. Most sessions will be held in classroom spaces and will be equipped with a computer, projector and screen.

 

PROGRAM STREAMS:  During the submissions process, we will ask that you indicate the program stream for which your proposal best falls under:

  • Art, Visual Culture and Media
  • Canadian State, State Borders, and Settler Colonialism
  • Colonial Capitalism, Neoliberalization, and Precarity of Labour
  • Decolonization, Pedagogy, Critical Methods, and Ethnographies
  • Health, Disability/Disablement and Reproductive Justice
  • Incarceration, Criminalization, and State Violence
  • Land Defense, Environmental Justice and Food Sovereignty
  • Migration, Global Imperialisms, Racisms, and Colonialism
  • Relationships and Resistance, Relationships as Resistance
  • Other

 

HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL:

  1. Usernames are required in order to begin the submission process. If you are an exising user (have created a username before), please use the same username to log in. DO NOT create another username. If you cannot remember your username or password, click HERE. If you have a second username or profile, please use the contact form and request to have CESA delete one of your user accounts and keep the other.
  2. If you are a new user (never created a username), click HERE.  
  3. For those with existing usernames, please update your affiliation by logging in to your profile and filling in the "affiliation box" in the personal information section of your username profile.  This is a required step.  Please enter either the organization, institutional, or group affiliation or affiliation as an individual artist, writer, scholar, research etc., or "N/A."  Please note that information provided in "affiliation box" will be what appears in any printed program material. 
  4. You must first log-in into your username in order to submit your proposal. You can log in HERE or from the top right corner of the website.
  5. Group Submissions Only: The “Chair” of the submission will submit the proposal on behalf of the entire group and will need the username of each individual.  Chairs, please remind all presenters in your submission to fill out the "affiliation box" in their username profiles before you submit the proposal. 

Once you start the online submission process, you will be asked to enter the following information:

INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSIONS                       

  1. Title for Session
  2. Affiliation (organizational or institutional), if application
  3. Description—In 500 words or less describe your session or presentation to potential participants in a way that is accessible and makes clear the goals and/or connections of the topic(s) you will be addressing in relationship to the conference theme.
  4. Bio or One-page CV

GROUP SUBMISSIONS

  1. Title
  2. Description. Please describe your group session and/or presentation in 500 words or less to potential participants in a way that is accessible and makes clear the goals and/or connections of the topic(s) you will be addressing in relationship to the conference theme.
  3. List of Presenter Names and Their Affiliations (if applicable)
  4. Please indicate the Chair of the session.
  5. Please indicate the Discussant for the session, if applicable
  6. Bio or One-page CV for each presenter.
  7. For panel submissions, your description should also include the paper title and abstract for each presenter.  (Approximately 300 words per presenter).

 

********Please take note of the following reminders******

  1. To ensure the active involvement of CESA’s members, constituency, and the broader social justice community, an individual or group may not submit more than two proposals.
  2. If you attempted to create a username account but did not receive an email from CESA, please check your spam or junk mail inbox.
  3. This year, we require that you update the "affiliation box" in your username profile. Please remind all presenters to update their profile, particularly, any changes to their affiliation (name of organization, institution, group) if applicable (or individual scholar, writer, artist, etc if applicable), or "N/A." Please note, for all accepted submissions, the text in the affiliation box will appear in the program booklet.
  4. Group submissions require that all presenters have a username and the affiliation is updated in their profile before submitting. The Chair of your group submission will need your username in order to complete the group submission. If another username is present in the presenter entry space, please override that presenter by simply deleting that presenter and typing in your name or other presenter's name for your group submission.
  5. If you pressed "save" the abstract is submitted.  However, you can edit your abstract or confirm if it was saved up until the deadline. To do so, log into your username profile and see the 'Related Content' section near the bottom. The title of your submission should be visible. You can edit the abstract up until December 19, 2014 at 5pm EST.  After this time, all submissions will be automatically finalized and no edits or changes will be allowed.
  6. Please do not "save" twice.  Please log out and log back in.
  7. You will receive a confirmation email that confirms the completion of all components pertaining to your submission.  If you do not receive this email by January 7, 2015, please contact us here.
  8. CESA will review the content of submissions and notify participants of the status of their submission.  An email notification will be sent to all submitters.