Sixth Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race: Race, Memory, and Identity

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Call for Papers
June 1, 2019
New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Race Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Indigenous Studies, Historic Preservation

THEME: Race, Memory, and Identity

DATE: Thursday, November 14 to Saturday, November 16, 2019

VENUE: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

This conference aims to bring together scholars from multiple disciplinary perspectives to broadly explore the intersections of Race, Memory, and Identity. Contemporary social, political, and media discourses demonstrate the continued need to evaluate the differing ways that race and identity impact memory in connection to history, trauma, loss and remembrance. Understanding memory as both a subject and a tool can act to promote conversations about how memories of the past impress upon individual and collective memory to affectively shape racial and cultural identities. How might we remember the legacies of personal and historical injustices in the present while at the same time shaping the future to allow for an exploration of the persistently entangled forces of remembrance, identity, and justice?

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, David Roediger, and Jonathan Holloway have all previously served as keynote speakers for this event. This year, historian Dr. William Sturkey, UNC, Chapel Hill, will deliver the opening plenary lecture. Dr. Qiana WhittedUniv. of South Carolina, and other distinguished speakers will also participate in this conference (further information to be announced).

The Interdisciplinary Conference on Race program committee eagerly invites proposals from students, scholars, researchers, 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:

  • Art, artifacts, comics, sequential art, visual culture, murals, street art
  • Collective, public, and personal memory
  • Ethnic, cultural, or national identity
  • Fluidity of identity
  • Social memory
  • Memory construction, remembrance, maintenance
  • Identity: imagined and real
  • Authenticity, acculturation, appropriation
  • Social practice / social relevance
  • Erasure / forgetting
  • Counter memory
  • Social justice
  • Individual / Sociocultural processes of identity
  • Representations of the past
  • Monuments, memorials, markers, museums
  • Preservation
  • Oral history / storytelling / narrative identity
  • Intersectionality
  • Commemoration, nostalgia, memorialization
  • Transmission of memory
  • Sense of place and displacement
  • Cultural production and consumption
  • Ritual, rites of passage, celebrations


  • Organized Panels (3 to 4 panelists, one chair, and optionally, one discussant) – Individual papers, maximum of 20 minutes in length (panels of 4 have a maximum of 15 minutes in length for papers)
  • Single papers (not part of an Organized Panel)
  • Roundtables (between 4 to 6 participants) –5 minute opening statements from participants and then conversational dialogue with the audience
  • Workshops on specific teaching techniques or practices
  • Proposals for poster displays and presentations
  • Meet the Author/Podcaster/Artist sessions—an opportunity for exchanges between authors and end-users of various media to explore explanations of methods, and suggestions for use
Contact Info: 

Proposals should be sent to by June 1, 2019 and should include: a maximum 250-word abstract, with title, for each paper, a panel title for organized panels, and brief a one page curriculum vitae for each participant. While we intend to have full A/V capabilities, A/V is subject to failure, regardless of location. As always, handouts are welcome.


For further information you may contact the conference conveners:

  • Brooke Nappi, Lecturer of Cultural Anthropology, Department of History and Anthropology,
  • Maryanne Rhett, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and World History, Department of History and Anthropology,
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