4th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium at UCLA – Mar. 11-13, 2010

In Academic, NLLSA, Politics on December 28, 2009 by nllsachair Tagged:

Call for Proposals

Intersectionality: Challenging Theory, Reframing Politics, Transforming Movements

March 11-13th, 2010, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California.

Since the publication of Kimberlé Crenshaw’s formative articles – Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race & Sex (1989), and Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics & Violence Against Women of Color (1994) – the concept of intersectionality has traversed more than a dozen academic disciplines and transnational and popular political discourse, generated multiple conferences, monographs, and anthologies, and animated hundreds of articles and essays. In the twenty years since Crenshaw introduced intersectionality, critiques of identity politics and multiculturalism and, more recently, claims of a “post-racial” era have blossomed. In 2010, we will re-visit the origins of intersectionality as a theoretical frame and site of legal interventions and consider its still unfolding potential for unmasking subordination and provoking social change.

Confirmed participants include: Sumi Cho, Cathy Cohen, Sarah Deer, Philip Atiba Goff, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Angela Harris, Luke Harris, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Tanya Hernandez, Nagwa Ibrahim, Lenora Lapidus, Gail Lewis, George Lipsitz, Catharine MacKinnon, Leslie McCall, Mari Matsuda, Charles Mills, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Margaret Montoya, Manjula Pradeep, Beth Richie, Dorothy Roberts, Tricia Rose, Nikhil Singh, Sandra Smith, Dean Spade, Alvin Starks, Miguel Unzueta, Francisco Valdes, Mieke Verloo, Patricia Williams.

We are pleased to solicit proposals for individual papers or whole sessions, engaging one or more of our five embedded themes.

Key areas of inquiry include:

  1. Intersectionality Across Disciplines, with particular emphasis on research methodologies, new applications and comparative analyses;
  2. Intersectional Praxis, engaging the integration of theory with advocacy and activism, and concerned with the practical dilemmas entailed in navigating intersections of race, gender, class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, citizenship, ethnicity and/or related dynamics;
  3. Intersectionality and Post-racialism, particularly highlighting the contradicting ways that intersectionality has been positioned as both a precursor to post-racialism and as a critique of its symbolic content;
  4. Intersectionality and Transnationalism, specifically recognizing the intersecting dynamics of subordination that sustain, transgress or delineate borders and highlighting discourses that disrupt the premises of globalization, imperialism and international law;
  5. Intersectionality Embodied, interrogating how intersectionality plays out in the production of legitimate and illegitimate sexualities, the construction of normative, (de)valued, or able bodies, and the challenges in deploying discourses of rights and recognition as interventionist tools.

All proposals should include the session or paper title, a 300-500 word abstract, the names, affiliations, and C.V.s or resumes of all participants, and any audio-visual requests. Session proposals should specify panel, roundtable, or workshop format. Panels integrating practitioners or advocates, including both junior and senior scholars and/or including graduate or law students, are strongly encouraged.

The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to January 15, 2010. Please submit questions about the event and proposals to

Sponsor: The Critical Race Studies Program at the UCLA School of Law

Principal Co-sponsor: Women & the Law Project, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Presenting Co-sponsors: African-American Policy Forum, Columbia Law School, LatCrit, Inc., The Williams Institute, The American Constitution Society Contributing Co-Sponsors: V-Day, Women’s Research & Resource Center at Spelman College Co-Sponsors: ACLU Women’s Rights Project, Center for Global Justice- Seattle University School of Law, The Center for New Racial Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis- New York University, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, UCLA Women’s Studies Department

The Faculty of the UCLA Law Critical Race Studies Program: Khaled Abou El Fadl * Devon Carbado * Kimberlé Crenshaw * Carole Goldberg * Cheryl Harris * Jerry Kang * Gerard López * Jyoti Nanda * Russell Robinson * Saúl Sarabia


One Response to “4th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium at UCLA – Mar. 11-13, 2010”

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