Call for Paper — Racism, Postcolonialism, Europe

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Date/Time: 28/01/2006 12:00 am

>>>International Cross-Disciplinary Conference from May 15-17 2006 at Leeds
>>>Business School (University of Leeds)
>>>Racism, Postcolonialism, Europe
>>>Conference Convenors:
>>>Graham Huggan (School of English/ Institute for Colonial and
>>>Postcolonial Studies, Leeds)
>>>Ian Law (School of Sociology, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies,
>>>Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
>>>Tariq Ali (Editor, New Left Review), Philomena Essed (Antioch
>>>University), Colleen Harris (Commission for Racial Equality), Griselda
>>>Pollock (CentreCATH, Leeds), Michel Wieviorka (EHESS, Paris), John
>>>Wrench (EUMC, Vienna)
>>>Aims of the Conference
>>>’Racism, Postcolonialism, Europe’ is an international conference,
>>>sponsored by the Leeds Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies,
>>>Leeds Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies and the Jean Monnet
>>>European Centre of Excellence. The conference aims to bring together
>>>around 60-80 European-based scholars ranging across an number of
>>>different disciplines (literary / cultural studies, sociology, history,
>>>political science) to discuss contemporary manifestations of
>>>postcolonial racism within the context of the so-called ‘New Europe’.
>>>Postcolonial racism is as difficult to define as is racism itself,
>>>although its effects are undoubtedly material. Broadly understood, the
>>>term ‘postcolonial racism’ engages the contradictory desire for
>>>cross-cultural understanding in a context of perceived cultural
>>>incommensurability. Postcolonial racism masks continuing prejudices
>>>behind a form of what might be called ‘selective egalitarianism’.
>>>Postcolonial racists might agree, for example, that rights should be
>>>given to the historically disadvantaged ethnic-minority citizens of
>>>their own nation, yet still find it in themselves to assert that these
>>>citizens are being pampered by the state, In some cases, they might
>>>voice qualified support, but only for the visibly assimilated; in
>>>others, they might simultaneously believe that ‘minorities’ have
>>>historically been given far too little but are currently being given far
>>>too much. One form postcolonial racism takes is the heightened
>>>perception of reverse discrimination; another is the paranoid sense of
>>>incommensurable cultural difference – a difference experienced as
>>>destabilising, or even profoundly threatening, insofar as it is
>>>perceived to be neither accountable to the nation nor containable by the
>>>state. Both of these forms ally postcolonial racism to the ‘new’
>>>culturally motivated racism, a ‘racism without race’ (Balibar) in which
>>>cultures are deemed to be irremediably separate, and the discriminated
>>>power of biology is carried over onto culture, which proceeds just as
>>>inexorably to do the work of ‘race’.
>>>The ‘new’ (cultural) racism, of course, is arguably not new at all even
>>>if it is unarguably racist, and often it contains within it more that a
>>>trace of the (biological) ‘old’. Postcolonial racism, similarly, is a
>>>mix of historically overlapping racisms, some but by no means all of
>>>which have their roots in colonialist attitudes toward ‘other’ people,
>>>cultures, beliefs and value systems, etc.. To some extent these roots
>>>indicate the persistence of racism at the heart of the so-called ‘New
>>>Europe’, another premature formulation that belies the simmering
>>>hostilities underlying and in some cases exacerbated by, recent
>>>processes of political and economic transformation within in unevenly
>>>developed European superstate, The ‘New Europe’ is often associated with
>>>the putatively progressive forces of globalisation: e.g., economic
>>>liberalisation, the spread of democracy, the move toward more mobile,
>>>transnational forms of identity and citizenship. Postcolonial racism
>>>demonstrates, rather, that globalisation has helped create a network of
>>>competing provincialisms, much in evidence but by no means restricted to
>>>Europe, and that these suggest both the emergence of new decolonisation
>>>struggles and the persistence, even reinforcement, of older ‘internal
>>>colonialisms’ historically connected to dominating powers and
>>>authoritarian states.
>>>Call for Papers
>>>As suggested above, the conference aims both to chart recent
>>>manifestations of postcolonial racism and to assess its capacity to
>>>challenge, even shatter the social, political and economic confidences
>>>of the ‘New Europe’ as a liberated space, In this critical spirit,
>>>papers are invited on such topics as:
>>>1. enduring vs. transforming racisms: the case for and against
>>>’new’ racism;
>>>2. the multiple conjunctions of racism and colonialism;
>>>3. devolution and the persistence of ‘internal colonialism’;
>>>4. multiculturalism as an antidote to racism / as a form of racism;
>>>5. Islamophobia and the ‘re-Orientalisation’ of Europe;
>>>6. postcolonial racism and the fetishisation of cultural. religious
>>>7. racism and the European Community/the European Union;
>>>8. selective egalitarianism: human-rights debates in the ‘New
>>>9. racisms of migration
>>>10. postcolonialism, governance and community management
>>>The cfp deadline for this conference has now been extended. Please email
>>>200-250 word abstracts by Friday the 3rd March 2006 to
>>>For regular updates on the conference, see:
>>>Registration forms will be available shortly. Register early to avoid
>>>disappointment – space is likely to be limited!
>>>Josine Opmeer
>>>Centre Coordinator
>>>AHRC CentreCATH, University of Leeds
>>>Old Mining Building 2.08
>>>Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1629
>>>Fax: +44 (0)113 343 1628
>>>e-mail: ccaadm@leeds.ac.uk