CFP: 2016 LACUNY Institute - Race Matters (NYC)
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Call for Proposals
Race Matters: Libraries, Racism, and Antiracism
LACUNY Institute 2016
Date:May 20, 2016
Location:Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jelani Cobb
Associate Professor of History and Director, Africana Studies Institute,
University of Connecticut; staff writer, The New Yorker; winner of the
2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism and author
of several books, including The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the
Paradox of Progress
Opening Talk: April Hathcock, JD, LLM, MLIS, Scholarly Communications
Librarian, NYU; recent scholarship includes "White Librarianship in
Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS"
Submission Deadline:January 25, 2016
Critical Race Theory holds "that race is central, not peripheral, to
American thought and life" and "that racism is common and ordinary
rather than rare and episodic" (The Oxford Companion to American Law).
From hashtags (#BlackLivesMatter, #CharlestonSyllabus, #BlackOnCampus)
to podcasts (About Race, Intersection with Jamil Smith, Real Talk with
Nekima Levy-Pounds), from city streets to college campuses, these are
some of the spaces and places where dialogues about race and racism are
happening. This is where the theme for the 2016 LACUNY Institute begins,
where it seeks to join the national conversation on race.
In addressing this theme, we are interested in amplifying and extending
recent important conversations and scholarship in the library profession
which have interrogated the role of libraries in systemic racism, the
collusion of library neutrality in oppression, and white privilege and
fragility in the profession, among other issues. Libraries attract
professionals with "good" and "noble" intentions, but as Ta-Nehisi
Coates writes in Between the World and Me, "'Good intention' is a hall
pass through history."
How can we move the dialogue beyond good intention, where it has been
mired in well-meaning diversity and multiculturalism initiatives? How do
we move the profession from racial liberalism, as articulated by Lani
Guinier, to racial literacy, which "requires us to rethink race as an
instrument of social, geographic, and economic control of both whites
and blacks"? How can and do libraries contribute to the national
conversation on race, racism, and anti-racism? What are the foundations
that librarianship can use to address racism both within the profession
and society at large?
The LACUNY Institute Committee seeks proposals that address race in
libraries, archives, and the information studies, across myriad roles
(staff, faculty, students, patrons, etc.) and functions (technical
services, public services, instruction, etc.).
Example topics include but are not limited to:
Race and critical information literacy and pedagogy
Race and racism in information organization
Libraries, race, and access
What is and is not collected
The Institute will have three tracks: panel presentations, facilitated
dialogues, and alt-sessions.
Panel papers (15 minutes/presenter):Moderated panel presentations
with time for questions and discussion.
Facilitated dialogues (45 minutes):Teams of two lead a discussion on
topic of their choice related to the theme, with one person
presenting context and the other facilitating conversation.
Alt-sessions(15-30 minutes): An opportunity for exploring topics
through multiple ways of knowing (e.g., short documentary, spoken
word, performance art).
Please submit proposals, including a 300-500 word abstract,
throughhttp://lacuny.org/institute-call-for-proposals/by January 25, 2016.
The goal of this event is to create a space for respectful dialogue and
debate about these critical issues. We will be publishing a formal code
of conduct, but the event organizers will actively strive to create a
public space in which multiple perspectives can be heard and no one
Questions may be directed to Jean Amaral, jamaral at bmcc.cuny.edu
<mailto:jamaral at bmcc.cuny.edu>.
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