CALL FOR PAPERS | New Racism and Migration: Beyond Colour and the ‘West’

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Call for Papers
September 16, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Sexuality Studies

DATE OF EVENT : 16-17 January 2020
VENUE : National University of Singapore


Organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and supported by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Despite the bulk of work that has established ‘race’ as socially constructed, ‘race’ remains significant in the everyday lives of migrants, whether it is imposed upon them or has become a form of boundary-marking amongst them. While studies on new racism against immigrants is growing and challenging the white-Others binary, many are still focused on white people racializing others. Such studies over-racialize select groups of non-whites including Asians while ignoring racialization and racism by Asians and among Asians. Consequently, there has been a dearth of literature on issues of racialization and racism in non-white settings.

This workshop is interested to move studies of race and migration away from (skin) colour as well as the ‘West’. It suggests that a more nuanced understanding of the global, context-specific processes of racialization and new racisms can be gained by treating the dominant ‘Western’ experiences of racialization and racism as reference points rather than paradigms. To extend existing theories about race, ethnicity, new racism and migration, this workshop calls for papers that examine the racialization of migrants beyond skin colour and/or in regions other than Europe and North America, including papers looking at Asian racialization/racisms and co-ethnic racialization/racism. It is especially interested in work that considers intersectional dynamics such as gender, class, nationality and sexuality and/or postcolonial dynamics. Questions to be addressed include but are not limited to the following:

  • How can our understandings of race and migration be sharpened through an analytical focus on racialization and racisms beyond the white-others binary?
  • How can empirical cases of racialization and racisms in non-white-majority settings extend understandings of race and migration?
  • How can the ‘invisibility’ of new racism such as between co-ethnics be analysed?
  • How are migrants’ mobility implicated as difference in racialization/racism discourses?
  • What new concepts and methods are needed to deepen understandings of race and migration?
  • Why are some migrants racialized more than others?
  • How do migrants resist racialization/racism? Do they racialize other migrants?
  • How do racialization/racism discourses relate to the postcolonial condition, modernity and/or globalization?


Submissions should include a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief biography including name, institutional affiliation, and email contact. Please note that only previously unpublished papers or those not already committed elsewhere can be accepted. By participating in the workshop, you agree to participate in the future publication plans of the organizers. The organizers will provide hotel accommodation for three nights and a contribution towards airfare for accepted paper participants (one author per paper). 

Please submit your proposal using the provided template to Ms Tay Minghua at by 16 September 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in end September 2019. Participants will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000-8,000 words) by 6 December 2019.


Workshop Convenors

Dr Sylvia ANG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Assoc Prof Elaine Lynn-Ee HO
Asia Research Institute, and Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

Prof Brenda S.A. YEOH
Asia Research Institute, and Department of Geography, National University of Singapore


Contact Info: 

Ms Tay Minghua
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
AS8 Level 7, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
Tel: (65) 6516 4224
Fax: (65) 6779 1428