|Posted by l.mayblin on October 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM|
Building upon the success of the ‘Rethinking the Modern: Empire, Colonialism and Slavery’ conference held in Birmingham in July 2011, we are very excited to be putting on a follow-up conference on 4th and 5th July 2013. This time the theme will be ‘Race. Migrantion. Citizenship. Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives’. The conference will again be at the historic Birmingham Midland Institute in Birmingham, UK.
Against the backdrop of decolonisation, a global economic boom was accompanied by tightened border controls, ever more punitive asylum regimes and limited access to citizenship. Immigration from former colonies to former metropoles has been limited in the postcolonial period as racialised discourses have set the West in opposition to an alien ‘rest’. Now, in this ‘age of austerity’, the strength of the old powers is weakening as other parts of the world, the so called ‘BRICs’, grow in strength. Yet the old racial hierarchies appear stubbornly resonant within Europe and the white settler colonies and other hierarchies, for example around caste, are increasingly coming to the fore in other countries. Foregrounding postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, this conference will provide a forum in which to discuss the context for emerging patterns of exclusion, for asking what the conditions for political equality might be, and for posing the question “what has ‘race’ got to do with migration and citizenship?” among many others.
Abstracts of no more than 200 words are welcomed from across the social scences and humanities on the following themes:
- Race, Racism, and Prejudice
- Racial and Colonial Institutional Orders
- Shifting Patterns of Immigration
- Citizenship and the Legacies of Colonialism
- Coloniality / Modernity and Citizenship in the ‘New World’
- Asylum after Empire
- Cosmopolitan Citizens and Multicultural Societies: The New Crisis of Europe
- Aliens and Natives: Contesting the Limits of Citizenship
Send your abstracts to [email protected]
Conference website: rmcconference.wordpress.com