Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 Decolonizing Conference Call for Submissions

Reminder! Share your work

Call for submissions closes
May 30, 2018

CIARS is pleased to announce that it is holding its XI Decolonizing Conference for critical dialogues on the theme of “Dialoguing and Living Well Together: Decolonization and Insurgent Voices”. Using a Decolonizing perspective, the conference hopes to explore new meanings of “living well together” outside of White mythology (in Derrida’s terms) and the capitalist paradigm.  We ask: how do we bring non-Western epistemologies to a terrain that has existed through a long-exercised White Mythology? What Indigenous experiences speak to the possibility of living well together in new futures? What additional dimensions of the above can be gleaned from the constant mobility of bodies, identities, subjectivities and relations?
Download the full call here


Proposals should clearly connect to the conference theme and contribute to the advancement of Indigenous and decolonial studies, anti-colonial thought and practice, critical race and anti-racism theory, practice, methodology, and/or community organizing. Please see format, word limit, and deadline below:

Your abstract should adhere to the following guidelines:
  • 5 Key Words
  • Research question
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Methodology/Theoretical Framework (such as method of data collection, modes of inquiry, conceptual framework)
  • Results/conclusion (even if they are preliminary at the time of submission)

Word Limit

Individual Papers: 250 words
Group Panels: 500 words
Other Work/Contributions: 250 words
Bio: 50 words


Submission Deadline
The submissions portal opens on January 30, 2018. The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2018.

Accepted proposals will be contacted by July 30, 2018.

Registration is Now Open!


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Last year there were over 600 registrants


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Call for Papers - Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights (due July 1st)

Call for Papers:
Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are once again accepting submissions for the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights. The announcement is available below and here. We would appreciate it if you would circulate to interested students and colleagues.

Many thanks,

Karen Engle
Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law
Co-Director and Founder, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
University of Texas School of Law
Call for Papers:
Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights

Deadline: July 1, 2018

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law extends a call for papers for the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights. The $1,000 prize will be awarded to the winner of an interdisciplinary writing competition on international human rights and gender.

The prize is made possible by a donation from University of Texas linguistics professor Robert King in honor of the work of Audre Rapoport (1923-2016), who advocated for women in the United States and internationally, particularly on issues of reproductive health. It is also meant to further the Rapoport Center's mission to serve as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice. Previous winning papers can be viewed below.

TOPIC: The scope of the topic is broad. We welcome papers, from any discipline, that address gender and human rights from an international, transnational, or comparative perspective. The selection committee will be multidisciplinary and international, comprising faculty from areas such as law, anthropology, literature, and government.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, an author must either be an enrolled student or have graduated from a university within the past year. Students who graduated in May or June of 2017 are eligible.

FORMAT: Papers should be between 8,000 and 15,000 words and must be in English. The word limit includes footnotes, endnotes, and appendices. The submission must consist of original work, and authors must have rights to the content and be willing to publish the paper in the Center's Working Paper Series.

JUDGMENT CRITERIA: A panel of multidisciplinary and international faculty and professionals from fields such as law, government, anthropology, and literature will judge the papers anonymously. Relevant judgment factors include the strength and logic of the argument, depth of the analysis, originality and importance of intervention in the field, thoroughness and soundness of the research, quality of writing (clarity and organization), and formatting and citations. Previous committee members include:
  • Helena Alviar García, Professor and Former Dean, Faculty of Law, Universidad de los Andes
  • Hilary Charlesworth, Melbourne Laureate Professor, Melbourne Law School, and Distinguished Professor, Australian National University
  • Cecilia Medina, Professor & Co-Director of the Human Rights Center, Universidad de Chile, and immediate past President, Inter-American Court of Human Rights 
  • Vasuki Nesiah, Associate Professor of Practice, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
PRIZE: The winner will receive a $1,000 prize. The winning paper will be published in the Rapoport Center's Working Paper Series. The second-place paper may receive a prize and may be considered for publication in the Working Paper Series.

DEADLINE: Submissions should be sent via email to humanrights@law.utexas.edu by July 1, 2018. Please submit paper (without any identifying information), abstract (100-250 words), and full contact details (including university, degree, and anticipated/actual graduation date) in three separate documents, and include "Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights" in the subject line. The winner(s) will be notified by October.

QUESTIONS? Please contact us at humanrights@law.utexas.edu.
Previous Prize Winners

2017: Debolina Dutta, "Of Sex Workers, Festivals, and Rights: A Story of an Affirmative Sabotage"

2016: Inga Helgudóttir Ingulfsen, "#RefugeesNotWelcome: Making Gendered Sense of Transnational Asylum Politics on Twitter"

2015: Maria Hengeveld, "Girl Branded: How Nike Swooshed the Entrepreneurial Girl Into the UN's Sustainable Development Agenda"

2014: Lina Buchely, "Bureaucratic Activism - The Daily Construction of the Rule of Law"

2013: Heidi Matthews, "Redeeming Rape: Berlin 1945 and the Making of Modern International Criminal Law"

2012: Kali Yuan, "Translating Rights into Agency: Advocacy, Aid and the Domestic Workers Convention"

2011: Genevieve Painter, "Thinking Past Rights: Towards Feminist Theories of Reparations"

2010: Maggie Corser, "Enhancing Women's Rights and Capabilities: An Intersectional Approach to Gender-Based Violence Prevention"

2009: Sherief Gaber, "Verbal Abuse: Anti-Trafficking Rhetoric and Violence against Women"

2008: Alice Edwards, "Violence against Women as Sex Discrimination: Evaluating the Policy and Practice of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies"

2007: Patricia Palacios Zuloaga, "The Path to Gender Justice in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights"

2006: Susan Harris Rimmer, "'Orphans' or Veterans? Justice for Children Born of War in East Timor"

2005: Fleming Terrell, "Unofficial Accountability: A Proposal for the Permanent Women's Tribunal on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict"

The NAISA elections results

The NAISA elections are now complete.

Your newly elected members are:
President-elect - Shannon Speed
Treasurer - Tsianina Lomawaima
Council - Jill Doerfler and Beth Piatote
Nominations Committee - Tracy Bear and Tasha Hubbard
The Nominations Committee would like to thank all who took the time to vote, and most importantly to everyone who put their name forward for election. Without these acts of service, our elections would mean very little. 
We look forward to another great year for NAISA,
Adam Gaudry and Julie Reed, 
co-chairs, Nominations Committee
Nominations Committee
Julie Reed
Niigaanwewidam Sinclair
Adam Gaudry
Veronica Tawhai
Jenny Davis
Jennifer Gomez Menjivar

Call for Chapter Proposals: School Turnaround in Secondary Schools: Possibilities, Complexities & Sustainability

Call for Chapter Proposals: School Turnaround in Secondary Schools: Possibilities, Complexities & Sustainability

Coby Meyers, University of Virginia
Marlene Darwin, American Institutes for Research

In the continuing quest to turn around the lowest performing schools, rapid and sustainable reform, or school turnaround, seems most elusive for secondary schools. Secondary schools are rife with challenges due to their wide-ranging mission and organizational complexity. With the continued emphasis on college and career readiness and the vast learning possibilities enhanced by technology, our third book in this series, Contemporary Perspectives on School Turnaround and Reform, will focus on rapid school turnaround and reform in secondary schools.

Coby Meyers, Ph.D.
Chief of Research
Darden-Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE)
Associate Professor of Education
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
160 Ruffner Hall, 417 Emmet Street South, PO Box 400260
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4260
434.297.6366 (O)  331.642.2800 (M)

Monday, April 30, 2018

THEMATIC DOSSIER “Extreme Situations, Large Development Projects and Indigenous Peoples: Corporate Indigenism in Comparative Perspective” Deadline for submission of articles: June 30th 2018.

“Extreme Situations, Large Development Projects and Indigenous Peoples: Corporate Indigenism in Comparative Perspective”
Deadline for submission of articles: June 30th 2018.

Dr. Stephen Grant Baines (UnB)
Dr. Cristhian Teófilo da Silva (UnB)

In the early 90’s of the XXth century, anthropologist Stephen Baines analyzed an aspect of the ethnic policy adopted by the Brazilian government that consisted (and still do) in the enlargement of the infrastructure of large economic entrepreneurships like dams for the generation of energy, mining sites, roads, sea port complexes etc., inside and across Indigenous Peoples territories. The “corporate indigenism” practiced henceforth among the Waimiri-Atroari people was directed by a Non Governmental Organization that operated inside Eletronorte Energy Company itself, the Waimiri-Atroari Program, implemented since April 1987, six months earlier the closure of the levees of Balbina High Dam in the state of Amazonas. The power plant flooded a vast area of the Waimiri-Atroari and it benefitted the immediate interest of Taboca Mining Company that had also invaded the indigenous territory. The “corporate indigenism” in this case was based on the promotion of “indigenous leaderships” as spokespeople of the companies and of the government agency in the field that prepared them to transmit the orders of the companies and of the program designed to “govern the Indians”. It was an extreme case of subordination of an Indigenous People to the national and international developmentalist interest that is similar to other circumstances affecting other Indigenous Peoples in Brazil. To mention just a few other cases, Eletronorte also promoted the Parakanã Program to “assist” an Indigenous People affected by the Tucuruí Dam in the state of Pará, and FURNAS company promoted the Avá-Canoeiro Program in the state of Goiás.
Considering the multiplicity and multiplication of extreme situations for the ethnic survival and autonomy of Indigenous Peoples facing the spatial expansion of neoliberal capitalism, it is urgent to comparatively share empirical studies of other cases of “corporate indigenism” in the Americas. It is crucial to investigate the consequences of such phenomena and the diverse strategies that corporate companies are implementing and also the Indigenous Peoples responses to it. In this way, we propose this dossier aiming to enlarge the descriptive and analytical depth of the notion of “corporate indigenism” encompassing not only cases of cooptation and capitulation to corporate power, but Indigenous Peoples diverse experiences with capitalist endeavors and neoliberal policies emphasizing neocolonial situations, social processes and social/cultural dynamics that threatens Indigenous Peoples’ autonomy. We also welcome empirical analysis of indigenous and local practices and forms of challenging and resisting capitalism. In this sense, this dossier is open to articles on ethnodevelopment and the “indigenization of development”, among other cases of Indigenous appropriation of companies and capitalist practices, following the seminal critical reflections on the topic advanced by Jean and John Comaroff in “Ethnicity Inc.” (2009). The main objective is to gather research that help to cover other regions and sectors of global capitalism that are being incorporated by different cosmological local systems at the same time that are being transformed by it, to mention the seminal contribution on this regard made by Marshall Sahlins (1988).
The dossier will be structured after two thematic axes: a) Empirical studies of extreme situations of capitalism affecting Indigenous Peoples and local communities and attempts to define “ethnodevelopment”, “ethnocapitalism” and its consequences and impacts; b) Reviews of empirical cases of “corporate indigenism” and of the cosmologies of capitalism that helps to construct comparative concepts and interpretations of such cases. Other related articles that are directly included under these thematic axes may be submitted if they address issues common to the problematic of “corporate indigenism” or can contribute to the comparative study of the topic.

Instructions to the authors and to submit the article please go to the following address: 
Articles will be accepted in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.
For any further enquiries, please contact: revistaceppac@gmail.com

DOSSIÊ TEMÁTICO (English Version will follow) “Situações Extremas, Grandes Projetos de Desenvolvimento e Povos Indígenas: Indigenismo empresarial em perspectiva comparada” Prazo para Submissão de Artigos: 30/06/2018

DOSSIÊ TEMÁTICO (English Version will follow)
“Situações Extremas, Grandes Projetos de Desenvolvimento e Povos Indígenas: Indigenismo empresarial em perspectiva comparada”
 Prazo para Submissão de Artigos: 30/06/2018

Prof. Dr. Stephen Grant Baines (UnB)
Prof. Dr. Cristhian Teófilo da Silva (UnB)

No início dos anos 1990, Stephen Baines analisou uma faceta da política indigenista adotada pelo governo brasileiro que consistia (e ainda consiste) em ampliar a infraestrutura para grandes empreendimentos econômicos como barragens para geração de energia hidrelétrica, mineração, rodovias, complexos portuários etc., no interior e através de terras indígenas. O “indigenismo empresarial” então praticado junto ao povo indígena Waimiri-Atroari, foi dirigido por uma Organização Não Governamental com sede dentro da própria Eletronorte, o Programa Waimiri-Atroari, instalado a partir de abril de 1987, seis meses antes do fechamento das comportas da Usina Hidrelétrica (UHE) de Balbina, no Amazonas, que inundou vasta área do território desse povo indígena, e em plena consonância com os interesses imediatos da empresa mineradora, Mineração Taboca, que já havia invadido parte do território indígena. O “indigenismo empresarial”, neste caso, apoiava-se na promoção de “lideranças” indígenas como porta-vozes das empresas e do órgão indigenista que eram formadas para trabalhar como transmissores das ordens das empresas e dos programas de assistência indigenista então criados entre estas e o órgão para governar os indígenas. Trata-se de um caso extremo de subordinação de um povo indígena a interesses desenvolvimentistas internacionais e nacionais, mas que encontra situações similares junto a outros povos indígenas no Brasil. Para citar apenas dois outros casos, a Eletronorte dirigiu também o Programa Parakanã, para um povo indígena atingido pela UHE Tucuruí no Pará, e a FURNAS promoveu o Programa Avá-Canoeiro em Goiás.
Considerando a multiplicidade e multiplicação de situações extremas para a sobrevivência ou a autonomia dos povos indígenas diante da expansão territorial do capitalismo neoliberal, faz-se premente compartilhar de maneira comparativa estudos empíricos sobre casos de “indigenismo empresarial” nas Américas, investigando os desdobramentos mais recentes deste fenômeno e as diversas estratégias das empresas e respostas dos povos indígenas. Desse modo, propomos o presente dossiê com vistas a ampliar a abrangência descritiva e analítica da noção de indigenismo empresarial abarcando não somente casos de cooptação e capitulação diante dos poderes de grandes empresas, mas experiências diversas dos povos indígenas com empreendimentos econômicos capitalistas e políticas neoliberais enfatizando situações neocoloniais, processos sociais e dinâmicas de mudança social e cultural que ameaçam a autonomia dos povos indígenas, assim como suas correspondentes formas e práticas de enfrentamento e resistência. Nesse sentido, também serão aceitos trabalhos que abordem experiências de etnodesenvolvimento e casos de “indigenização do desenvolvimento”, dentre outros, de apropriação cultural indígena de empresas, empreendimentos e práticas capitalistas, tais como foram originalmente abordadas e problematizadas por Jean and John Comaroff em “Ethnicity Inc.” (2009). O objeto será reunir trabalhos que permitam explorar outras regiões e setores do capitalismo global que são incorporados por diferentes sistemas cosmológicos locais ao mesmo tempo que transformam estes, para nos servir da seminal contribuição de Marshall Sahlins (1988).
A publicação estará estruturada em dois grandes eixos temáticos: a) Estudos empíricos de casos e situações extremas do capitalismo e tentativas de definir “etnodesenvolvimento”, “etnocapitalismo”, seus desdobramentos e seus impactos; e b) revisão bibliográfica de estudos empíricos de casos de “indigenismo empresarial” e das cosmologias do capitalismo com vistas à reelaboração conceitual com fins comparativos. Artigos com temáticas correlatas que não estejam diretamente incluídas nos dois eixos temáticos poderão ser submetidos desde que se estabeleça o diálogo com estudos de “indigenismo empresarial” ou contribuam para a pesquisa em perspectiva comparativa deste tema.

Instruções para autores/as e submissão dos artigos deverá ser realizada até 30/05/2018 no endereço:
Os trabalhos podem ser enviados nos seguintes idiomas: português, espanhol, francês e inglês.
As dúvidas sobre a chamada poderão ser esclarecidas através do e-mail: revistaceppac@gmail.com


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Call for Papers on Remedies to Racial Inequality Deadline Extended: MAY 15, 2018, International Conference on Remedies to Racial Inequality Vitoria Brazil, September 26-29, 2018

Call for Papers on Remedies to Racial Inequality
Deadline Extended:  MAY 15, 2018
International Conference on Remedies to Racial Inequality
Vitoria Brazil, September 26-29, 2018

Paper and panel submission deadlines have been extended to May 15, 2018 for the 5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality.  Co-hosts are Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo and the University of Minnesota. Conference languages are English, Portuguese, Mandarin and Spanish. Papers on any aspect of racial and ethnic economic inequality are welcome. For more informationabstract submissions, and registration, click here.

A limited number of travel scholarships offered to the best papers submitted by junior scholars.


·        Longer term consequences of persistent poverty and inequality in access to quality health care among low-income, racial and ethnic minority group members.
·        Comparative analysis of the effectiveness of alternative policy interventions designed to reduce racial and ethnic economic inequality 
·        Problems of political corruption and uneven development.
·        Causes and consequences of inequalities in access to health care and alternative health care delivery systems.
·        Racial identity and the evolution of policies in higher education, public employment, and government contracting and procurement.
·        Innovative policies designed to remedy racial and ethnic economic inequality: baby bonds, universal employment, guaranteed minimum income plans.

For questions related to the conference, please email rwilkins@umn.edu

Samuel Myers
University of Minnesota
263 Humphrey Center
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455