CFP Project STAND at Chicago State Univ. Generational Activism: Documenting Boycotts to Hashtags

Generational Activism: Documenting Boycotts to Hashtags

Students from marginalized populations have historically served as the catalyst for some of the most transformative and revolutionary moments in the U.S. The push for social justice is filled with the voices of America’s youth from historically underrepresented communities, and continues to be at the heart of legislation, policy changes, and cultural shifts meant to humanize identities living at the margins.

The rise of Black Power and the creation of the Chicano Movement in the 1960s and 70s were critical to the establishment of African American, Chicano and Latinx centered curriculum development at colleges and universities around the country. San Francisco State College was one of the launch points for a slow-moving awakening across America, when a group called the Third World Liberation Front (composed of African American Chicano and Asian American students) participated in a long series of demonstrations between 1968-1969 that would eventually lead to the development of the College of Ethnic Studies. In 1966, the first gay student group was created at Columbia University, creating space for social events that proved to be more accepting than spaces outside of campus.

As we move from the student sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement to die-ins and the formation of #BlackLivesMatter, protests against anti-immigration legislation, to environmental issues, the discourse around generational activism creates a level of complexity between the content creators and those who are charged with documenting these critical advancements in academia and broader society. The complications are further heightened by technology and the ability to utilize social media platforms to increase awareness on issues like police brutality and the carceral state. Additionally, the ease of creating specific hashtags across social media platforms to launch movements or to unite communities with limited communication networks as well as the adaptation of student activists’ traditional organizational workflows to the digital workspace of Meetups or Google Hangouts, while powerful tools for these communities, can present challenges for those documenting these efforts. Student organizations can schedule events, disseminate information, and publicly state demands for social justice more quickly and with potentially more significant impact than previous generations of activists. How do memory workers, academics, technologists, humanists, and others working to engage in meaningful relationships and ethical documentation facilitate discussions between various generations?”

The conveners of the 3rd Project STAND symposium seeks presentations and posters on generational activism, the challenges of documenting between generations as it relates to methodologies for communication, outreach and engagement. How do memory workers appropriately document changes in nomenclature, ideologies, and philosophy while respecting past and present concepts of a community/movement (e.g MeChA student organization). How do we build generational alliances and address intergenerational challenges?
We invite submissions from students, archivists, faculty, librarians, independent scholars and community members to actively participate in the conference.

Individual Papers. Please provide an abstract of 300-500 words and brief bio (75 words).
Please include 3-5 keywords.
Some topics include but are not limited to:
Archival Praxis and activist archives
Generational activism
Privacy, Ethics, Power of Consent
Digital Technologies as tools/weapons
Student activism as labor
The Right to Be Forgotten
The Student as Creators, Custodian, and Historian
Silences in the Archives
Archivists as activists
Community Archives
Digital Presence and Permanence
Intersectionalities and student activism
Language and Representation

Deadline for abstracts are: July 29, 2019
Notifications of acceptance will go out: August. 16, 2019

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