Join CMRS scholars, artists, activists, students, clinicians, and community members at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, from February 26 – 28, 2021. We will gather under the theme of Ancestral Futurisms.
Embodying Multiracialities Past, Present, and Future
The issue of time has long been debated in mixed-race studies. Racist histories of anti-intermixture, anti-miscegenation, and the illegality–and at times, the selective acceptance–of interracial marriage and unions are not simply components of our collective past but continue to motivate cultural producers, theorists, and community organizers to imagine more just futures. For those of us who think, teach, and organize around multiraciality, the issue of time remains an important one to consider. The 6th Critical Mixed Race Studies conference listens to the past as it gathers under the theme “Ancestral Futurisms” in order to bind alternative histories of multiraciality with their reimagined futures. In doing so, we concentrate on the embodiment of multiplicity and the pursuit of social justice. By challenging past conceptions of multiraciality dictated by white supremacy, we seek to decolonize the politics of multiracialism by producing new practices and radical hope. The goal of our convening is to build and imagine intersectional counterspaces that foster community and collective action among artists, community members, students, clinicians, and academics invested in the critical field of mixed race studies. By moving the conference to Arizona, we seek to engage the Southwest borderlands as an Indigenous space that has been contested through migrations and racial encounters.
The Association’s 2021 meeting takes seriously the location of the conference. Arizona is a borderland state that is home to twenty-two federally recognized tribes. We consider the borderlands as both an Indigenous and multiracial space that has historically and continues to be occupied, contested, and negotiated, while remaining a geopolitical site of converging and intersecting spaces of cultural history, geography and identity. The US/Mexico borderlands are not only a geographic repository which holds the non-linear and overlapping violences of settler colonialism, war and imperialism, and slavery, but endures as a sensorial point of encounter where racialized, gendered, and differently abled bodies meet. On the one hand, differently racialized groups have historically been, to varying degrees, complicit in one another’s oppression. Yet, the borderlands have also been the site where people have come together to envision and enact alternative modes of survival. As embodied borderlands, how have/can multiracial identity formations expose, challenge–or unwittingly get caught up in–white supremacy steeped in histories of anti-Indigeneity, anti-immigration, and anti-Blackness? In other words, what does decolonizing multiraciality look like? Gathering at Arizona State University allows us to consider the past, present, and future of mestizaje and racial mixture. As such, we look to how ancestral knowledge informs how we both experience and reimagine identities and futures that are impacted by space and place. We aim to pay particular attention to intergenerational connections and ways of knowing rooted in Indigenous perspectives.
Conference cover art by Favianna Rodriguez
CMRS 2021 keynote speaker and performer will be Aisha Fukushima, the renowned Speaker, Educator, Vocalist and ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist).
Call for proposals
CMRS welcomes submissions from cultural workers, community members, artists, activists, students and scholars from all fields. We invite individual paper presentations, panels, roundtables, workshops (solution-based items), and posters that address the conference theme in a broad sense. Presentation formats may be varied and diverse, and we welcome proposals that involve poetry, visual art, storytelling, and other non-academic formats. Download the Call for Proposals below.
The submission portal is now open! To start entering and to submit your proposal, click on the button below. We are now accepting proposals.
***Deadline extension: In this time of uncertainty, we are extending the deadline for proposals to submit to the 2021 CMRS Conference. As of right now, we are not committing to a deadline. We will reevaluate soon, as the course of the pandemic unfolds.
CMRS ambassadors – now accepting applications!
Want to contribute to the CMRS community? Become a CMRS Ambassador!
The CMRS Ambassador Program is a self-motivated community of graduate students and exceptional undergraduate students that will create content and buzz leading up to and around the 2021 CMRS Conference. A CMRS Ambassador will contribute to the CMRS community in various ways, both digitally and in person. Over the course of the year a CMRS Ambassador will participate in a digital engagement activity and an in-person activity at the conference. There is no correct way to be a CMRS Ambassador. Its benefit is a network of other students engaged in critical mixed race studies with the visibility of your own work on an international platform.
With that said, we encourage the endorsement of a faculty mentor/advisor at your institution in order to facilitate the interaction outside of the conference itself. They will approve of your involvement in the program and also advocate for the travel stipend to attend the conference per your involvement as an ambassador. Feel free to contact Kaleb Germinaro, firstname.lastname@example.org, for any questions/concerns.
Due Date: May 1, 2020 @ 11:59 PM PDT (May 2, 2020 @ 6:59 AM GMT)
To view and submit your application to become a CMRS Ambassador, please click on the link below.
The conference will take place at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus: Memorial Union, 301 E. Orange St., Tempe, AZ 85281
A hotel group rate for CMRS attendees is available at the Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University at 510 South Forest Avenue Tempe, Arizona 85281. Single/double guest rooms are available for $239 USD per night. Click HERE to book your group rate for Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference. Be sure to book before Thursday, February 4, 2021.
Your support for the 2021 CMRS Conference can provide opportunities for ASU and the larger Arizona community to learn, engage, and collaborate with local, national, and international scholars, artists, activists, students, clinicians, and community organizations who are interested in addressing our changing demographics and building meaningful dialogue and action that speaks to our collective humanity and growing diversity of lived experiences.
In addition, your support will…
- Improve accessibility by keeping conference registration costs low
- Provide scholarships to multiracial students to assist with travel costs
- Promote local multiracial artists and activists
- Help multiracial students and scholars disseminate innovative research and projects
Click HERE to become a sponsor. We greatly appreciate your support!