CALL FOR PAPERS TO BE PRESENTED AT A PANEL AT THE NEXT CRITICAL MIXED RACE STUDIES CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO IN NOVEMBER 2014
“Mixed Race Subjects As Global Organizers”
The 1999 WTO protest in Seattle historically marked the moment when the US mainstream media acknowledged an anti-globalization movement existed in the US. Since then, there has been numerous movements worldwide advocating for an alternative to globalization as we know it. The Arab springs of 2011 and the birth of the Occupy movement may mark the emergence of a sustained worldwide front against Neo-liberal economic policies and the American empire. The novelty of this front being that it is trying to invent new political tactics, and new forms of being together. In parallel to these movements, migrant workers move to produce the commodities that fuel global capital. Some of these migrants, in turn, organize themselves to advocate for better working conditions, and thus join global movements that struggle against the effects of Neo-liberal globalization.
While the Occupy movement was camping in Zuccoti Park (and many other US cities) questions regarding the inclusion of minorities, and their place within that movement came up. However, it has been noted that these movements included members of various ethnic, cultural, sexual, and class backgrounds. To what degree, and in what proportions remains to be studied.
Within that context, do mixed race subjects (who are, sometimes, the descendants of migrant workers) play a particular role (if any) in the organization of the aforementioned movements? Have mixed race subjects had an impact on making these movements more inclusive sexually, ethnically, culturally, and racially? Have they been successful at organizing across racial, ethnic, sexual, class and linguistic boundaries? For the Mixed Race subjects who do not play such a role, how do they view themselves in relation to the deterritorialization1 of global economy? This panel calls for papers investigating the role of mixed race subjects within worldwide labour movements, or any other form of social movement contesting, and/or providing alternatives to the deterritorialization of globalization.
If interested please email me a short abstract (200 words max) before January 10th 2014. The completed paper would be due in November 2014. To find out more about the conference go here:
And you are, of course, welcome to write me with any questions you may have regarding this panel, or my interests in chairing it.
1Deteritorialization is used here in a deleuzian sense (cf Deleuze, Gilles and Guattari, Felix: A thousand plateaux)