CFP: Monmouth University’s 7th Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race
November 4-5, 2022 {Virtual Conference}

This conference aims to bring together scholars from multiple disciplinary perspectives to broadly explore the past, present, and future of space and place and their intersections with race and liberation. Contemporary social, political, and geographical discourses demonstrate the continued need to re-evaluate the differing ways in which race and identity impact our interpretation and use of place and space. What remains constant is the critical need to invest in strategies that will foster the development of just spaces and places that promote wide-scale liberation, which is essential for our collective futures. Therefore, it is crucial to examine questions such as: how do our constructed physical environments affect perception and emotion, resulting in various layers of meaning? In what ways do sociocultural meanings and contexts, as well as the overlapping boundaries of space and place, shift over time? How do various cultural, historic, economic, educational, and theoretical perspectives shape the current climate on these topics?  How have communities and movements crafted spaces and agendas of freedom, accountability, and liberation?

The Monmouth University race conference was founded in 2008 by Dr. Julius Adekunle and Dr. Hettie V. Williams. This conference has brought together scholars from more than fifteen U.S. states, four continents, and twelve nations. Robin D.G. Kelley, Tera Hunter, Jonathan Holloway, and William Sturkey have all previously served as keynote speakers for this event. This year, marquee speakers will include:  Amy Banks and Isaac Knapper, authors of Fighting Time, and Darnell Moore, thought leader and author of No Ashes in the Fire.

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2022 Theme:  Public Spaces, Private Places: Constructing Race and Liberation
The Interdisciplinary Conference on Race program committee eagerly invites proposals from students, scholars, researchers, community organizers, artists, and teachers around the world on topics related to the scholarly and/or pedagogical aspects of the conference’s themes. Some examples of topics one could pursue under the conference theme include, but are not limited to:

Public Spaces, Private Places:  
Collective, public, and personal spaces
Monuments, memorials, markers, museums
Social remembrance
Intersectionality: racism, sexism, cissexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism,  etc.
Surveillance and Policing
Gentrification, mapping, urban/rural planning
Schooling and segregation
Emotional labor
Heritage sites and sacred places
Digital/Virtual space and Futurism  
Climate justice
Generational Trauma

Constructing Race and Liberation:
 Identity: constructed and lived experiences
 Ritual, rites of passage, celebrations
 Social justice, activism, resistance and protest
 Ethnic, cultural, or national identity
 Liberation pedagogy
 Authenticity, acculturation, appropriation
 Multiple and Layered Identities: gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, disability, religion, etc  
 Creative practices: art, artifacts, comics, sequential art, visual culture, murals, street art, healing
 Transnationalism, Migration and Diaspora
 Indigenous ways of knowing and sovereignty
 Neo/Post Colonialism
 Movement building

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