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CALL FOR PAPERS - What's Anti-Racism Good for Now? - IDERD Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS - What's Anti-Racism Good for Now? - IDERD Conference
Time: Feb 17th, 12:01 am End: Feb 17th, 11:59 pm
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Call for Abstracts

2017 U of T IDERD Conference

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) in partnership with the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) and the Department of Sociology, UTM will convene a one-day thought provoking conference as part of the 2017 U of T IDERD Campaign that will be held on March 20, 2017 at the University of Toronto St. George campus. The conference will address the 2017 IDERD theme, “What’s Anti-Racism Good for Now?”

As Canada approaches its 150th anniversary, and noting the growing and changing diversity within its population, the 2017 U of T IDERD Campaign theme troubles the question of the relevance and role of anti-racism practice at this significant point in Canada’s history. Importantly, we look at the way forward for anti-racism, in particular, as it relates to the role of post-secondary education institutions in the fight against racism. Where and how do we need to advance and innovate anti-racism strategies and efforts to confront and eliminate racism? How do we balance freedom of expression and anti-racism and the tension(s) that oftentimes erupt between these two values? How does anti-racism contend with racism in cyber technology, social media and right wing movements? What is the critical role(s) that post-secondary education institutions must undertake in terms of policy, practice, structure and knowledge development to advance anti-racism change – systemically, institutionally and culturally - within their institutions and society?

The goals of the conference are to:

  • Advance theory, research and practice that will contribute to efforts to advance the elimination of racism.
  • Promote dialogue and critical reflection aimed at advancing institutional, systemic and cultural anti-racism change and the role of post-secondary education institutions in that regard.
  • Promote dialogue and critical reflection that take into consideration the contemporary contextual realities of the manifestation of racism (e.g. cyber racism, etc.)

The perspectives should include experiences of diverse racialized persons, groups and populations (including African Canadians, Asian Canadians, Latinas, among others) and Indigenous peoples; intersecting identities (e.g. with considerations given to how race implicates experiences for trans peoples, persons with disabilities, faith, gender, citizenship, among other differences), and in the context of settler colonization.

The conference will provide an opportunity for academics, researchers, staff, students, community members, youth and activists to examine and engage in discussion, share empirical research and advance theory and practice for tackling racism in our contemporary context and in relation to the following key thematic areas:

  1. Indigeneity - Land, Language, Culture and Indigenous Education
  2. Institutional Transformation (Culture, Structure, Policy, Governance and Leadership)
  3. Student Access, Recruitment, Retention and Graduation (undergraduate and graduate)
  4. Human Resources (Recruitment, Hiring, Promotion)
  5. Cyber Technology
  6. The Relationship between Freedom of Expression and Anti-Racism and Equity
  7. Activism and Movements (Solidarity, Self-work, Self-care)
  8. Emerging racial and ethnic issues pertaining to the postsecondary education context


We invite abstracts for papers, workshops, video and poetry performances, and other artistic forms of activism that address the above goals and themes, which will be selected for presentation at a workshop or poster session. We are particularly open to dialogic forms of presenting information and inviting discussion and exchange of ideas.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. Abstracts should explain the topic of your presentation. It should outline the content of your presentation and highlight key discussion points with attention to the practice implications and/or links to how it will advance anti-racism.

Deadline: All abstracts are due February 17, 2017. Please also submit a short biography (maximum 50 words).

Submissions are welcomed from:

  • Scholars
  • Researchers
  • Teaching faculty
  • University and college staff, professionals in all campus activity/service areas including admissions, student life, academic, financial aid, human resources, equity and diversity, human rights, alumni
  • Students (including undergraduate and graduate students, student leaders)
  • Activists
  • Artists
  • Community members including community based agencies and organizations
  • Representatives of provincial and federal ministries, agencies, boards, commissions and foundations

Submission Categories

  1. Individual and group paper, presentation, workshop or panel.
  2. Individual and group poster(s) for display.
  3. Other critical contributions such as arts-based installations and other new media.
  4. Roundtable discussion: individual presenter proposes topic and facilitates the discussion.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals must connect to the conference theme and goals and contribute to the advancement of critical race and anti-racism theory, practice, methodology, and/or community organizing.


  1. Title of Presentation.
  2. Thematic Area: Presenters must choose from among the seven (7) thematic areas (listed above) the ONE that most accurately characterizes the focus of their presentation.
  3. Presenters’ Information: Name, credentials, institution/company, and brief bio (maximum of 50 words).

Word Limit

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. Presenters should indicate their preference of presentation format of either workshop session or poster session. However, though every effort will be made to honour the presenters’ choice, the IDERD Conference Planning Committee has the final say on presentation format.


Email your submissions to the U of T IDERD Conference Planning Committee at: antiracism@utoronto.ca by February 17, 2017.

Accepted abstracts will be contacted via email by: March 3, 2016.

IDERD Conference: March 20, 2017.

Questions and Request for Further Information

Should you have any questions please contact the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, University of Toronto at:

Email: antiracism@utoronto.ca; or Tel.: 416.978.1259

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