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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Race & Sovereignty: Call for Proposals - Deadline Extended to January 28, 2011

The UCLA School of Law's Critical Race Studies Program is now accepting proposals for its 5th Annual Academic Symposium to be held at UCLA School of Law, March 31-April 2, 2011. This year's theme, "Race and Sovereignty," will convene both emerging and established scholars from various countries who seek to engage other scholars, practitioners, and advocates working on these topics. The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to January 28, 2011.

Race & Sovereignty: Call for Proposals - Deadline Extended to January 28, 2011
To view the current program, confirmed speakers, submissions requirements and deadlines, and registration information, please visit:
We encourage interested parties and programs to print and post the attached flyer about the event at your institution, and ask recipients to forward this announcement to your list-serves and post on related websites. You may visit the symposium website above for updates or visit the Symposium Event page on our Facebook page:


About the event:
The 5th Annual Symposium will explore the relationship between race and sovereignty. Sovereignty, like race, has been invoked, understood, and deployed in contradictory ways. Historically, sovereignty has been an important vehicle through which hegemonic power has been enforced, for example, by articulating citizenship as a racial project rooted in the power to exclude. Sovereignty has also been an important tool of anti-colonial resistance crucial to liberatory struggles of people of color in the U.S. and worldwide. Race shares this complex dimension, serving as both a technology of oppression and a vehicle for resistance to that oppression. Despite these parallels, race and sovereignty have, for the most part, been engaged as separate and mutually exclusive projects: sovereignty has primarily been linked to the struggles of Native Americans and other indigenous peoples, while the struggles of other people of color have largely been cast through a standard anti-racist narrative of citizenship and inclusion.
Over the past two years, the CRS program, under the leadership of its inaugural fellow and alumna, Addie Rolnick, has organized a speakers series on Critical Race Theory and Native American communities and developed interdisciplinary coursework exploring indigeneity, race, and the law. The Symposium seeks to deepen emerging theoretical frames, advocacy strategies, and social justice imperatives amongst peoples struggling against discrimination and for their self-determination by examining how race and sovereignty intersect and are mutually constitutive, even as important distinctions remain.
The UCLA American Indian Studies Center is the presenting co-sponsor of the 5th Annual Symposium. Under the guidance of its current director, UCLA Law professor, Angela Riley, the AISC at UCLA has been a critical partner in our effort to engage questions of race, indigeneity, and the law from an interdisciplinary perspective. We encourage you to visit the AISC website to explore the Center's 40-year legacy of producing scholarship, collaborating with, and developing the leadership of Native peoples and Tribal communities: