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

What's Anti-Racism Good for Now? - IDERD Conference
Time: Mar 20th, 9:00 am End: Mar 20th, 5:00 pm
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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

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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