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Structuring Inclusion/Challenging Oppression: Call for Proposals

Deadline: June 20, 2018
Submit proposals to:
Coordinated by the Committee on the Status of Representation and Diversity

Building on the work of scholars who are women, feminist, BIPOC, anti-Racist, from the Global South, and/or queer to focus on inequality and systemic discrimination in our profession, this eight panel series for Toronto asks us to reimagine the academy and ISA as an inclusive terrain.  How can we and how should we develop institutions and structured relationships that target racism, misogyny, ableism, geographic and class bias, homo- and transphobia? Who does the work of decolonizing our knowledge development and production?  What forms should decision-making and academic culture take to eliminate barriers and increase the diversity of voices with authority? How do we do address these questions while avoiding the neoliberal model of managerial inclusiveness? 
The goal of this panel series is to challenge systemic exclusion through the articulation of new practices, approaches, cultures, and institutional parameters that liberate ISA in particular and scholarship in general.  Drawing from expertise across research, governance, and decision-making, we seek participants, panels, and roundtables that highlight the work that is being done to increase the visibility and authority of scholars from diverse experiences and positions, disentangling scholarship from static modes of thought and behaviors that are closed and privileged.  Some themes might include:

  • Inclusive search, hiring, and employment practices
  • Research methods that center race, gender, sexuality, class, indigeneity and other forms of exclusion in IR
  • Campus cultures that empower the diversity of voices and experiences
  • Addressing North-South inequalities
  • Letting go of power - and empowering - as processes of inclusion
  • Recognizing microaggressions as structural impediments to inclusion
  • Interrogating the professional power of the North
  • Professional practices that are inclusive and empowering
  • Allyship and networks of support in confronting racial, gendered, classed, ableist, and other forms of exclusion
  • Inclusive pedagogies and professional standards
  • Shifting from neoliberal management of diversity to structural change
  • Empowerment, decision-making, and global access in journals and publishing
  • Decolonizing academic cultures and scholarship
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Khushi Singh Rathore
Saturday, June 16, 2018 5:48 AM
does this allow individual abstracts?
Giulianna Franchetti
Monday, June 18, 2018 8:21 AM
Dear Khushi Singh Rathore - thank you for your question.

The structuring inclusion program is currently only seeking participants, panel, and roundtable proposals and not individual abstracts.
Avkash Jadhav
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 1:18 AM
what are the guidelines for submission of the abstracts? word limit.
Giulianna Franchetti
Monday, June 25, 2018 8:05 AM
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