DECOLONIZING FUTURE INTELLECTUAL LEGACIES and ACTIVIST PRACTICES
The Second Major Conference of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association September 19-21, 2013 (NOT 2012) University of Illinois-Chicago
Plenary Speakers (To Date): Taiaiake Alfred • Ricardo Dominguez • Nirmala Ervelles • Jin Haritaworn • Robin D.G. Kelley • Scott Kurashige • John Marquez • Mia Mingus • Emma Perez • Vijay Prashad • Jasbir Puar • Barbara Ransby • Beth Richie • Dorothy Roberts • Cedric Robinson • Steven Salaita • Ella Shohat • Alexander Weheliye • Patrick Wolfe • Jessica Yee
Conference Information: Interrogating the limitations of ethnic studies today and counteracting these appropriations, CESA’s second conference has as its central goal the development of an approach to scholarship, institution building, and activism that is animated by the spirit of the decolonial, antiracist, and other global liberationist movements that enabled the creation of Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Native American Studies, Arab-American Studies, Latino/a Studies, and Postcolonial Studies) and continues to inform its political and intellectual projects. An un-disciplinary formation, critical ethnic studies has decolonization not as its goal but sees decolonizing as a set of ongoing theories, practices, imaginaries, and methods in the service of abolishing global oppression. Thus, rather than focusing exclusively on critique, critical ethnic studies stands for decolonizing as a generative praxis of world-making.
I might be going to this! (at least I really hope I am! my dept gives yearly allocations for going to conferences so if I can scrape up the rest of the money I’ll be going!)