Race Hate: The New Normal?

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Call for Papers
April 30, 2018
New York, United States

2018 NEPOC and CAPALF Legal Scholarship Conference

2018 Joint Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

The Northeast People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (NEPOC) and the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty (CAPALF) Proudly Present 

Race Hate: The New Normal?

May 31 - June 1, 2018

Albany Law School, Albany, New York

Albany Law School is proud to host the 2018 NEPOC AND CAPALF Legal Scholarship Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Race Hate: The New Normal.” The conference will take place from Thursday, May 31 to Friday, June 1, 2018 at Albany Law School in Albany, New York.

For a time it was fashionable to describe racism as a thing of the past. Racism was a relic, a specter, a mystic chord of memory. Racism was bad form, anachronistic, irrelevant, a cake that someone left out in the rain. Once upon a time, racism existed, but the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States was” goodbye to all that.” ”We’re all post-racialist now.” But we have never been post-racial.

On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump’s overtly racist campaign won the endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan, the overwhelming majority of white votes, and, later, the Electoral College. On January 20, 2017, Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th president of the United States. With the election of Donald Trump racism is again ascendant.

It began with a strange question: ”Why doesn’t [President Obama] show his birth certificate?” Encouraged by the success of the Birther Movement, Trump and Trumpism continued to sing the same song: ”Build a wall and make Mexico pay for it!” ”Lock her up!" ”Ban Muslims!” ”Grab ’em by the p----!” ”Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?” ”You could see there was blood… blood coming out of her wherever.”

What is to be done?

We hope to address the present crisis at the NEPOC/CAPALF conference in Albany, New York. Toward that end, we are calling for panels and paper presentations from interested scholars on the subject of race hatred in the age of Trump. We are especially interested in subjects falling within or related to the following areas and themes:

  • The Gutting of Civil Rights:
    Voter Suppression/Voting Rights; Sexual Harassment/Assault; Criminal Justice and Black Lives Matter; Athletes as Political Activists; “Trump” as a racial jeer.
  • Higher Education in Crisis:
    Affirmative Action and the Demise of Diversity; Student Protests and the Right’s Targeting of Students of Color; Hate on Campus - Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech; The Neo Liberal University; Title IX; Challenges at HBCUs; The Attack on Science.
  • Primary Schools in Crisis:
    The School to Prison Pipeline/ Schools as Prisons; Policing of Children of Color; Militarization of Primary and Secondary Education.
  • The Renewal of Anti-Immigrant Hate:
    DACA; The Muslim Ban; The Wall.
  • Fake News and Media:
    Fascism 2016-2020; A Pending Constitutional Crisis?
  • Normalizing Nuclear Weapons:
    Militarizing Foreign Policy; America First and the New Isolationism; America’s New Relationship to Authoritarian Leaders.
  • Racism and Disaster Relief: 
    The Continuing Crisis in Puerto Rico.


GROUP PANEL PROPOSALS: We encourage the submission of group panel proposals relating to this year’s theme, “Race Hate: The New Normal.” A group panel would consist of 3-4 panelists. We are especially interested in proposed group panels that feature both legal scholars as well as activists and/or scholars from other disciplines. Panels might address questions such as (but not limited to) the above topics.

If you are interested in proposing a group panel along these lines, please email NEPOC2018@albanylaw.edu with a description of your group panel, including the names of the panelists you have enlisted, by April 30, 2018. Please write “NEPOC Group Panel Proposal” in the subject line of your email.

INDIVIDUAL PAPER PROPOSALS: We are also interested in individual presentations and papers. These presentations may be on any topic, i.e., they need not be on the theme of the conference. That said, depending on the number of individual paper proposals we receive, preference may be given to papers that are more closely tied to the theme of the conference. After reviewing the individual paper proposals, the conference organizers will group the individual papers into panels based on subject matter. If you are interested in presenting an individual paper, please email your proposal to NEPOC2018@albanylaw.edu with a description of your paper by April 30, 2018. Please write “NEPOC Individual Paper Proposal” in the subject line of your email.


Works in progress are sessions devoted to giving authors helpful feedback on their writing projects in a safe and supportive setting. The topic of your work in progress can be about any topic and does not have to relate to the conference theme. If you are interested in presenting a work in progress, please submit a 1 to 2 page abstract and/or a draft to Deseriee Kennedy at dkennedy@tourolaw.edu by April 30, 2018. Please write “NEPOC WIP Submission” in the subject line of your email.

If you are interested in serving as a Lead Commentator for a work in progress, please also email dkennedy@tourolaw.edu by April 30, 2018, and state your areas of expertise. Please write “NEPOC Volunteer Commentator” in the subject line of your email.


NEPOC supports and nurture the careers of law professors at every stage. Your proposal for a workshop can involve one or multiple presenters or organizers. Please list all names in the proposal.

If you are interested in proposing and leading a professional development workshop, please email NEPOC2018@albanylaw.edu by April 30, 2018. Please write “NEPOC Professional Development Workshop” in the subject line of your email.


Each year NEPOC and CAPALF recognize the achievements of outstanding teachers-scholars-activists of color in the legal academy. Please consider nominating someone (or more than one person) for the following award:

  • Haywood Burns-Shanara Gilbert Award for Outstanding Activist-Teacher-Scholar

Please submit your nominations to NEPOC2018@albanylaw.edu by April 30, 2018. Be sure to write “NEPOC Award Nomination”in the subject line of your email and include a brief supporting statement for the nomination. 


NEPOC is currently exploring journal opportunities to publish conference papers.


Early bird registration will be $150, and $200 after April 30. Registration form coming soon. 


The Hilton Garden Inn is immediately across the street from the law school–the ideal location. Click here to register at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The Marriott Suites are a 10 minute walk from the law school. Click here to register at the Marriott Suites.


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