University Of Oxford Conference In June 2019

September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The University of Oxford will be hosting a conference titled ‘Racialisation and Publicness in Africa and the African Diaspora’ from June 27 to June 29 2019.

A spokesperson said, “The conference organisers welcome a panel with a focus on Bermuda. The conference organisers are interested in how to approach and analyse racial phenomena in terms of the processes by which ideas about race are constructed, given meaning, and acted upon in public life and how people of African descent are racialised as the Other, and therefore, ‘objects of knowledge, power, and cultural criticism.’

“The conference will be convened by Wale Adebanwi, Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, African Studies Centre, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford.

“See Call For Papers [CFP] for further detailed information on the website.

“The conference organisers welcome academics, researchers, and postgraduate students to present on all dimensions of racialisation and publicness in relation to:

  • How the racialisation of black people in Bermuda and the attendant [counter-]hegemonic reactions and/or resistance to racialisation have transplanted the DuBoisian twentieth-century problem into that of the twenty-first century.
  • How to approach and analyse racial phenomena in Bermuda in terms of the processes by which ideas about race are constructed, given meaning, and acted upon in public life and how people of African descent are racialised as the Other, and so become, ‘objects of knowledge, power, and cultural criticism’.
  • Examine why and how racial identities and categories in Bermuda are constructed, imagined and inscribed [in]to the social, political and economic processes, practices and relationships —with significant consequences and implications for human life.
  • Examine how reactions to racialisation in Bermuda enable processes of re-humanising the dehumanised.
  • Examine how groups, relationships, encounters, institutions, social processes, thought, etc. are racialised in Bermuda, including how these processes of racialisation are both enacted or performed in public and public-ised.
  • Explore how racialisation is [re]configured, [re]determined and transformed by publicness in Bermuda. And the ways in which publicness—in its manifold manifestations—problematises and/or complexifies ‘the self-evident link between critical agency and autonomy’.
  • Explore how the idea of publicness can be mobilised as ‘the normative function of mediating between the universal and the particular’ in the experiences of people of African descent in Bermuda in the longue durée.

“More broadly, potential participants are invited to present on all dimensions of racialisation and publicness in relation to:

“Empire, colonialism, postcolonialism and the decolonial turn; Enlightenment and modernity; Ethnicity, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, identities; state and governmental institutions and forms; the black Atlantic and the black Mediterranean – slave trade, slavery, and discrimination, past and present; Black Europe; Black Asia; the Arab world and Africa; Caribbean and Bermuda; spatial relations, segregation, cities, communities and housing; bodies, embodiment and the transformation of privacy; history, memory, memorialisation, commemoration; intersection of racialisation, gender, womanhood, and/or sexual identities; class, capital and neoliberalism; [im]migration, space, territoriality and temporality; law, political power and politics; law, legal system, crime, criminal justice and policing; black thinkers and knowledge production; the archive; “post-racial” formations and discourses; violence, terror and fundamentalism; religion and religiosity; music and performance; literature, language and cultural practices; media, communication and the social media.

“Prospective participants are welcome to propose individual papers, or panels of three or more papers on a specific theme. Panel proposals [title + 500 word max abstract] should be sent to the organisers at events@africa.ox.ac.uk by 10 December, 2018.

“It should include at least two agreed papers. Individual paper proposals [title + 300 word max abstract] should be sent to the same email address by 30 November, 2018. Notifications on successful panel and paper proposals will be sent by January 15, 2019.”

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