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CFP: ‘Are We Really Post-Race?’ Graduate Training Workshop

Are We Really Post-Race?: A Transnational Perspective

 A 2-day research training scheme graduate workshop

 2-3 December 2013, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta South (PS-EB.G.17)

Organised by Dr Alana Lentin, Senior Lecturer in Cultural & Social Analysis,

NB: This event is for UWS doctoral students only


Since the election of Barack Obama to the US Presidency in 2008, and his re-election in 2012, the idea that US society has moved beyond the stratification caused by race has become the orthodoxy. ‘Postracialism’ as it has become known has parallels in European, Australian and Canadian discourses of anti-multiculturalism and ‘anti-white racism’. The concept has thus become highly relevant for scholars of race, ethnicity and multiculturalism. However, the analysis of its impact on the study of these themes, often marginalised within disciplines, remains nascent.


Postgraduate students at UWS whose focus is on themes such as migration, multiculturalism, indigeneity, religious diversity and discrimination, colonialism and postcolonialism, decoloniality, as well as social and political theory more broadly, would benefit from a targeted exploration of how the ‘postracial’ impacts upon their ongoing research.

Postgraduates will benefit from engaging with the work of the invited speakers, at the cutting edge of the critical analysis of race, in addition to being able to receive feedback from these experts and other attendees of the conference on their work.


Sohail Daulatzai (University of California Irvine)
Sohail Daulatzai is the author of Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America (2012) and is the co-editor (with Michael Eric Dyson) of Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic (2009). He has written liner notes for the 2012 release of the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set of Rage Against the Machine’s self titled debut album as well as liner notes for the DVD release of Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme.

Christopher Kyriakides (Cyprus University of Technology)
Christopher Kyriakides is the co-author of Race Defaced: Paradigms of Pessimism, Politics of Possibility. With Professor Rodolfo D. Torres, University of California, Irvine, he recently completed a two-year historical comparative US-UK analysis of racialization pertaining to the ‘browning of America’ and the reception of new Arab migrations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Suvendrini Perera (Curtin University)
Suvendrini Perera is the author of Australia and the Insular Imagination: Beaches, Borders, Boats, and Bodies (2009). She is Professor of Cultural Analysis in the Department of Cultural Studies, in the School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts. She has published widely on issues of race, ethnicity and multiculturalism, refugee topics, critical whiteness studies and Asian-Australian studies.

Joseph Pugliese (McQuarie University)
Joseph Pugliese’s latest book latest book is State Violence and the Execution of Law: Biopolitical Caesurae of Torture, Black Sites, Drones (2013). He is Research Director of the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies.

Sherene Razack (University of Toronto) [TBC]
Sherene Razack is the author of Casting Out: Race and the Eviction of Muslims From Western Law and Politics (2008). She is Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and writes extensively on race and gender issues in the law.

Gavan Titley (National University of Ireland Maynooth)
Gavan Titley is a media studies scholar and co-author (with Alana Lentin) of The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (2011) and the special issue of The European Journal of Cultural Studies entitled ‘Questioning the European Crisis of Multiculturalism’ (2012). He writes extensively for The Guardian.


12 students will be selected to speak at the workshop alongside the six invited speakers. The invited speakers will act as discussants for the student papers in a supportive atmosphere of constructive feedback. A final discussion will consider what has been learnt from the two-day discussion and potentials for taking the debate further. Non-speaking participants will also be welcome up to a maximum of thirty.


Following the workshop, a committee of student participants will be established to edit an online publication emerging from the event on a dedicated website. The event’s guests will act as peer reviewers for the student papers. Students will also be encouraged to publish their papers in recognised, peer-reviewed journals.


Doctoral students at UWS are invited to submit a title and abstract (150 words) to participate in the event by filling out the accompanying form (Word document). Please indicate whether you would like to give a paper or attend only.

Please send these to Beverley Booth ( no later than September 13 2013 at 5pm. The selected participants will be notified no later than September 27.

Alana Lentin