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November 3, 2016 - November 5, 2016

​​“Race, Anti-Racism and Indigeneity: Anti-Colonial Resurgence and Decolonial Resistance”

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) brings together faculty, students and community organizations whose research interests and political commitments are in anti-racism and critical race studies. In collaboration with New College, Equity Studies (University of Toronto) and the Harriet Tubman Institute (York University), CIARS is pleased to announce that it is holding a three-day international conference to lead critical discussions on the theme of “Race, Anti-Racism and Indigeneity: Anti-Colonial Resurgence and Decolonial Resistance”. To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of CIARS/10th Anniversary of the “Decolonizing the Spirit”, the “Decolonizing Conference” intends to bring together a range of international and local scholars, activists, and artists in order to reframe the way anti-racism and critical race studies are tied to questions of Indigeneity and decolonization. As anti-racism and critical race thinkers, it is imperative that we challenge liberal articulations that negate the saliency of Land, bodies, and knowledges.

We ask: how do we differentially engage sites of knowledge production (material and ideological spaces such as academic institutions) to understanding settler colonialism? How do Land, bodies, and knowledges help open up conversations on Indigeneity and decolonization? How does viewing Indigeneity as an international category help expand discussions of decolonization, and how can our work help re-imagine and create new futures? By reframing questions on Indigeneity and decolonization and asking new ones, our intention is to foster a robust understanding of Indigeneity and decolonial praxis and to complicate ontological claims to the primacy of the Land as a starting point for all decolonial and anti-colonial engagements. With anti-racism and critical race studies at the forefront, we invite participants to engage the central theme from multiple perspectives that are anchored in specific geopolitical contexts, social identities as well as different ontological, epistemological, and ideological orientations.  

LOCATION: The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, is located on the shared Land of the Haudenosaunee, Ojibway, Huron-Wendat, and Anishnabek peoples.


November 3, 2016
November 5, 2016
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