CFP: 2016 LACUNY Institute - Race Matters (NYC)

Jean Amaral z665.a4 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 8 21:46:57 EST 2015

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

Submission Form:

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, 
through 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 
voice dominates.

Questions may be directed to Jean Amaral, jamaral at 
<mailto:jamaral at>.

For more information, visit the 2016 Institute 


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