Haitian Studies Association

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CALLS FOR PAPERS: “The ‘Weaponization’ of Ethnic Studies” (Dec. 15, 2023)


KALFOU: A JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE AND RELATIONAL ETHNIC STUDIES

Special issue on the “Weaponization” of Ethnic Studies

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2023

Kalfou is seeking submissions that address what Sunaina Maira describes as the “weaponization” of Ethnic Studies against itself. Despite the proliferation of “DEI” statements and agencies, we continue to see the neutralization of antiracist and antisexist discourses in order to perpetuate injustice. In various ways, such neutralization attempts to delegitimate radical struggles and the knowledge they produce. For example:

  • marginalizing, policing, and/or excluding knowledge production about Palestine within Ethnic Studies,
  • mobilizing Black respectability discourses against queer and trans solidarities and analyses,
  • criminalizing Critical Race Theory in the name of “antiracist progress,”
  • legitimating transphobic and homophobic laws and policies,
  • upholding ableist racial and gendered hierarchies,
  • commodifying identity and promoting the tokenized inclusion of people of color as mouthpieces for meritocracy and traditional power,
  • and compelling allegiance to US nationalism and imperialism

For more details, see the full CFP.