• May

    Time: 9:00am

    Location: University of Melbourne: Law School



    Critical Race Symposium 2016

    Critical Race Studies demands that ‘race’ is seen as an ongoing set of relationships. These relationships have been characterized by their historical bonds and as the ways of being and knowing that have evolved from that moment of bondedness. Recognition of ‘race’ by the constitutive elements’ placement of themselves within a racialised hierarchy is much more than a reference to, and relevance, from whiteness. How do the different (and many) constituted elements within the racialised classifications respond to, relate to, and be with others along the racialised spectrum? One example of the complexities of existing on a racial spectrum: day-to-day; moment-to-moment is the relationship between African Americans and Native Americans. Where, and how, these two intersected and connected racialised classifications provides an important reference point for how race and sovereignty are connected in an Indigenous Australian consciousness about race itself. This reference point is also vital for framing an emergent consciousness of Critical Race Studies and Critical Indigenous Studies in Australia.

    Professors Cheryl Harris and Devon Carbado (UCLA Law) and Associate Professor Shannon Speed (UCLA American Indian Studies Center) will hold a symposium at Melbourne Law School on 5th May 2016 to frame the intersection within Critical Race Studies of ‘race’ and ‘sovereignty’ discourses between African American and Native American ways of being.

    Professor Cheryl Harris

    Cheryl Harris teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Critical Race Theory and Race Conscious Remedies at UCLA School of Law.  The interconnections between racial theory, civil rights practice, politics, and human rights have been important to her work. She was a key organizer of several major conferences that helped establish a dialogue between U.S. legal scholars and South African lawyers during the development of South Africa’s rst democratic constitution. This work played a signi cant role in the production of her acclaimed and in uential article, “Whiteness as Property”.  She has served as faculty Director for the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA Law School and has been widely recognised as a groundbreaking teacher in the area of civil rights education.

    Professor Devon Carbardo

    Devon Carbado teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, and Criminal Adjudication at the UCLA School of Law.  Professor Carbado writes in the areas of employment discrimination, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and identity. He is the author of Acting White? Rethinking Race in “Post-Racial” America and the editor of several volumes, including Race Law Stories, The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives, and Time on Two Crosses: The Collective Writings of Bayard Rustin. Professor Carbado is currently working on a series of articles on race, law, and police violence.

    Associate Professor Shannon Speed

    Shannon Speed is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and has worked for the last two decades in Mexico, with her research and teaching interests including indigenous politics, legal anthropology, human rights, neoliberalism, gender, indigenous migration, and activist research. She has published ve books and edited volumes, including Rights in Rebellion: Human Rights and Indigenous Struggle in Chiapas, Human Rights in the Maya Region: Global Politics, Moral Engagements, and Cultural Contentions, and Dissident Women: Gender and Cultural Politics in Chiapas.  Her current research is on indigenous Latin American women migrants and gender violence.

    This is truly a one off FREE occasion with RSVP strictly limited and open to NIRAKN Members, NIRAKN Research Affiliates, Indigenous Postgraduates and members of the acedmic and law community.  Lunch served on arrival at 12:00pm for a 1:00pm start.

    Any further questions or query please email us at nirakn@qut.edu.au.

    To register please click here.