CFP deadline extended: 2016 LACUNY Institute on Race

Jean Amaral z665.a4 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 16 11:16:27 EST 2016

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 Extended: February 1, 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 by February 1, 2016
(extended deadline).

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

Questions may be directed to Jean Amaral, jamaral at

For more information, visit the 2016 Institute website:


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