The Global Empire and Resistance Scholarship conference (GEARS) is a one day event (Sunday, May 1st 2022) bringing together academics and practitioners working to resist global imperialism. GEARS invites paper proposals discussing imperialism, colonialism, and resistance movements at any level. We welcome scholarship from any discipline and encourage nontraditional modes of presentation. We accept individual submissions only, to maximize conversations. Our goal is to promote engagement across disciplines, cultures, and countries in our increasingly globalized world. We welcome papers and presentations that interrogate the ideas and meanings of empire, imperialism and colonialism as well as resistance movements and engagement around the topics of:
- anti-policing within the local, national and international contexts;
- the movement for Black lives; anti-racism social movements;
- global and local indigenous rights movements;
- anti-violence against women;
- LGBTQIA+ movements;
- commemorating May Day.
We recognize this is not an exhaustive list, and we encourage academic and non-academic scholarship which discusses empire and resistance in their many forms.
Seeking to serve as a nexus between the academy, cultural workers, and practitioners of resistance, GEARS unapologetically pursues knowledge in service to resistance. By bringing together a broad range of individuals and organizations with an interest in both intellectually analyzing and physically resisting Imperial systems, GEARS seeks to facilitate the sharing of knowledge that informs the theory and practice of resistance. It is our hope that the organisation can work to generate critical understandings of Empire which will be useful to individuals and organizations seeking to challenge and dismantle Imperial systems.
We recognise that we are far from the first organisation to challenge imperialism or settler colonialism, and that we stand on the shoulders of Black, Indigenous, Queer and Disabled activists who have historically worked to dismantle the structures of oppression we interact with.
Please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, April 2nd, 2022
● Your presentation title
● An abstract of no more than 250 words.
● A brief biographical note (2-3 sentences).
Presentations have an upper limit of 15 minutes. We encourage scholars from all over the world to respond to this call for engagement. Owing to the current world health situation and its limits on international travel, and our desire to facilitate accessibility, the conference will be held entirely online.
Dr. Andy Wilczak