WITH/OUT — ¿BORDERS? Conference
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — Sunday September 28, 2014
The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College will hold its first conference on the theme WITH/OUT — ¿BORDERS? Building off of its hugely successful 2013 Global Social Justice Leadership Prize, the 2014 gathering aims to question, interrogate and complicate the very notion of borders from a number of intersectional, cartographical, ideological, political, cultural, and social locations.
This will be a CONFERENCE –[UN]CONFERENCE! We are interested in creating conversations on emerging epistemologies, radical geographies, critical solidarities, and transgressive practices that transcend and theorize across disciplinary and academic/activist borders. We welcome proposals for papers, roundtables, think tanks, and workshops. Topics include but are not limited to the following interventions:
- National-State borders are too often assumed to be fixed and immutable. Largely the result of conquest, empire, and war, we are interested in innovative thinking of borders as “unsettled,” and contestable geo-political, cultural, and “hybrid and bounded” social spaces. How might we map this?
- As globalization penetrates more geographical areas and commodifies more forms of human activity and nature than ever before, we invite fresh thinking on the concomitant rise of new “borders” of fences, checkpoints, restrictions, gates, walls, prisons, patents, policies and laws that put greed before need. Where are the critical solidarities being developed?
- Gender borders are being challenged. Race and Class divides are being reinscribed. We invite imaginative thinking on critical race and queer theories and working class, anti-racist and LGBTQI Activism. Where are the
radical transgressions today?
- With old borders under review and new ones upon us, we invite inspired thinking on pedagogy, the quandary of disciplines and nationalist paradigms, and social justice in education today. What are the emergent 21st century epistemologies?