CFP: Grad Conference on "Decolonial Histories," w/ Keynote Speaker Jaskiran Dhillon

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Call for Papers
January 31, 2020
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Graduate Studies
Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on “Decolonial Histories: Imperialism, Resistance, and Liberation,” with Keynote Speaker Jaskiran Dhillon
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020
Date of Conference: Friday, April 24, 2020
The History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) at Stony Brook University is pleased to announce its fourth annual interdisciplinary graduate conference. Graduate students are invited to submit papers and panel proposals on the theme of Decolonial Histories: Imperialism, Resistance, and Liberation. This international conference hopes to focus attention on the experiences and transnational connections of colonialism, decolonial resistance, liberation movements, and related subjects. Each year this event has provided graduate students from across the world with a venue to network, engage with innovative scholarship from multiple disciplines, and receive feedback on their research projects from fellow students as well as established scholars.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Jaskiran Dhillon, Associate Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology at The New School. A leading scholar of the “decolonial turn,” Professor Dhillon’s work spans the fields of colonialism studies, the anthropology of the state, critical Indigenous studies, environmental justice, anti-racist feminism, political ecology, and youth studies. She is the author of Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention (2017) and the coeditor of Standing With Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement (2019). Her latest research focuses on developing an anticolonial critique of the environmental justice movement by examining Indigenous political movements working against extractivism, including the resistance at Standing Rock.
Paper and panel proposals from all disciplines, regions, and historical periods are welcome. Potential topics of inquiry may include:
  • Imperialism, colonial projects, and decolonial resistance
  • Assimilation and exclusion
  • Forced relocation and removal
  • Nationalism, internationalism, transnationalism, and national indifference
  • Colonial technologies of control in education, health, carceral states, and migration
  • Decolonizing the media, popular culture, counterculture, and public history
  • Settler colonialism
  • Gender, racial, and class conformity
  • Liberation ideologies
  • Racial solidarity and activism
  • Feminist and Queer movements
  • Indigenous movements
  • Linguistic communities
  • Panethnic movements, pan-nationalism, and revolutionary nationalism
  • Third-Worldism
  • Other related topics
Please direct all inquiries and submissions to Submissions are due by January 31, 2020. They should include the following in a single document (PDF or Word):
  • Paper title and a brief abstract (100–200 words) that includes several thematic keywords to help the organizing committee sort papers into coherent panels
  • Short curriculum vitae (one page) that includes the presenter’s name, institution, and program of study
  • For panel proposals, submit a panel topic description (100–200 words) as well as all other materials requested above
Accepted applicants will be informed no later than February 28, 2020, and will be asked to submit their full papers by April 3, 2020.
This conference will be held on the main campus of Stony Brook University, located an hour and a half east of New York City by car and accessible from New England via the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson ferry. It is also directly serviced by the Port Jefferson Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, which runs from New York City. On-campus lodging will be available at a reduced conference rate through the Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook.
The Stony Brook HGSA acknowledges that this conference will be held on the territory of the Setalcott people. The conference organizers honor the Setalcott, along with the Unkechaug, Shinnecock, Matinnecock, Montaukett, and all the other Indigenous nations of Long Island.
We look forward to reviewing your paper and panel proposals.
Contact Info: 
Spencer M. Austin, Gregory Lella, and Ximena López Carrillo
Organizing Committee
Fourth Annual Stony Brook HGSA Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
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