Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Call for Papers: Critical Perspectives on Racism and Colonialism

13 February 2023

UCL SPRC Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference 2023, 25 & 26 May 2023, Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL.

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The UCL Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation (SPRC) invites proposals for its Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference 2023. The SPRC is a focal point of work addressed to various problems of colonial histories, racial inequality and hierarchy. In that vein, the conference will examine issues related to colonial histories, imperial legacies, racial inequality and hierarchy from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. By providing a communal space for these research themes to be placed in conversation, the conference also aims to build community amongst postgraduate students and early career researchers committed to the production of historically-informed critical knowledge addressed to the urgent socio-political questions of our time. Keynote speakers will be announced in due course. 

We encourage submissions that offer critical perspectives on race, colonialism, and imperial legacies across a variety of spatiotemporal contexts. Potential themes that papers might address include, though are not limited to, the relationships between race, racialization, imperialism and contemporary socio-political processes; histories of colonialism, geographical regions, cities and other spatial/territorial organizations; environmental and social justice; big data and artificial intelligence; as well as the interaction and co-production of other hierarchies such as gender, sexuality, class and more. Put more generally, submissions reflecting historically-informed, critical work that is committed to interrogating extant racial inequalities and epistemological hierarchies wherever they are found, or work that is engaged with the consequences of (neo)colonial and racial politics around the world, are encouraged. 

Please send 100-word abstracts for 15-20 minute papers together with a 50 word biography for consideration. All submissions should be sent to critical.perspectives2023@gmail.comThe deadline for submissions is 31 March 2023. We look forward to hearing from you.

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