Mixing Matters: Critical Intersectionalities: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium on Critical Mixed Race Studies

Date: 18 May 2013
Location: University of Leeds
Attendance at this conference is free
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Key note speakers:

Dr.Shirley Tate is an Associate Professor in Race and Culture, PGR Tutor and Director of the Centre for Ethnicity & Racism Studies (CERS). Her research interests include exploring the intersections of ‘raced’ and gendered bodies,  ‘race’ performativity, ‘mixed race’ and decoloniality within the Black Atlantic diasporic context.

Dr.Tate is the author of several books and articles including  Black Skins, Black Masks: Hybridity, Dialogism, Performativity which focuses on ‘race’ performativity, ‘mixed race’ and ongoing beyond hybridity theorising. Black Beauty: Aesthetics, Stylization, Politics looks at beauty within the Black Atlantic diaspora as affect-laden, performative ‘race’ work that continues to impact on identities and communal politics but which is continuously being deconstructed and reshaped through stylization.

Dr. Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain is a Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Her research interests are in people of mixed descent; emotions, technology and globalization; race/ethnicity; critical race theory; beauty; and Japanese Americans. She has published in Ethnicities, Sociology Compass, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Amerasia Journal. Her book Pure Beauty: Judging Race in Japanese American Beauty Pageants (University of Minnesota Press) examines the use of blood quantum rules in Japanese American Beauty Pageants. She is currently researching and writing about ‘Global Mixed Race’ and ‘The Globalization of Love’.

Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) is a rapidly growing body of scholarship and through the continued challenging of essentialized conceptions of ‘race’ and ethnicity, CMRS becomes an emerging paradigm for examining the politics of ‘race’, racism and representation. CMRS can be defined as “the transracial, transdisciplinary, and transnational critical analysis of the institutionalization of social, cultural, and political orders based on dominant conceptions of race. CMRS emphasizes the mutability of race and the porosity of racial boundaries in order to critique processes of racialization and social stratification based on race. CMRS addresses local and global systemic injustices rooted in systems of racialization” (Critical Mixed Race Studies Association). In this transnational, interdisciplinary symposium, we seek to explore these components through the lens of intersectionalities in individual experience, theorising and activism.

For more information please contact the organizing committee, cmrs.symposium@leeds.ac.uk.