Julia Rodriguez (University of New Hampshire) and Carmen Martínez-Novo (University of Kentucky and FLACSO) invite submissions for a, panel on “Resurgent Racism: Perspectives from History and Anthropology” (01/51) which will be presented at the 56th International Congress of Americanists (ICA), an interdisciplinary conference that gathers together researchers who study the American continent from the analysis of politics, economy, culture, languages, history and prehistory. They seek papers that will recognize and document the continuities in racialized thought and practice, processes of cultural erasure, and the various forms of resistance and challenges to racial schema, segregation, marginalization, erasure, and violence across time and space. The full panel abstract and details for submission are provided below:
Across the Americas, the legacies of colonial and racial violence are still very much with us. We witness the persistence, if not the resurgence, of racism in many forms, including the continued marginalization of racialized groups and, even worse, newly brazen and public attacks on the lives of and dignity people of color. This symposium gathers an interdisciplinary group of scholars who specialize in persistent racisms in the Americas. Drawing on multiple and varied examples of racialization throughout the hemisphere, the group urges us to recognize the continuities in racialized thought and practice – including “new” types of racial science; political and cultural Othering; geographic and political segregation across time and space; processes of cultural erasure; as well as literal destruction of lives – that emerge as American societies refuse to come to terms with the fallout of European expansion, colonial wars, enslavement, postcolonial elitism, regimes of white supremacy, and internal colonialism. The symposium will also document various forms of resistance and challenges to racial schema, segregation, marginalization, erasure, and violence across time and space. At a time of persistent, if not worsening, racialization across the Americas, critical perspectives on the construction and use of knowledge about racial distinctions is both timely and welcome. This interdisciplinary panel will reflect, with data from both the field and the archive, on the manners in which past racial harms are still present, and on collaborative ways of addressing these destructive processes.
Deadline for Paper Submissions: October 20, 2017.
Abstracts for this panel (01/51) may be made via the link provided on the ICA website.