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Programme and speakers


Conference programme can be found here.

Conference abstracts can be found here.

Postgraduate Day - joint LSAANZ and SAANZ

Information for the postgraduate day on 6 December 2017 here.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Ghassan Hage

Professor Ghassan Hage is Professor of Anthropology and Social theory at the University of Melbourne. He works in the comparative anthropology of nationalism, racism and multiculturalism particularly in Australia and the Middle East.

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Professor Patricia Hill Collins

Intersectionality, Unequal Citizenship and Political Solidarity

Abstract: The 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign and its aftermath spotlighted a continually evolving yet unresolved contradiction in U.S. society, namely, how the promise of participatory democracy remains compromised by the limitations of unequal citizenship. Within this unnamed contradiction, polarized groups can each claim America as its own, yet advance very different visions of American national identity, the meaning of patriotism and understandings of citizenship.

This core contradiction may be longstanding, yet using intersectionality as a way of analyzing it is more recent. With an eye toward fostering social justice, intersectionality examines how social inequalities articulate with intersecting systems of power. Intersectionality thus provides a useful framework for analyzing unequal citizenship as a social problem within and for democratic participation. Within the mainstream U.S. media, intersectionality is increasingly depicted as a narrow identity politics that creates social divisions. In contrast, intersectionality offers an interpretive framework that enables people who are differentially privileged and/or penalized within social relations of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, class and nationality to address the social divisions that already exist.

My presentation explores how intersectionality might inform understandings of political solidarity in the U.S. context. Looking beyond models of solidarity that emphasize relationships among individuals, an intersectional approach views groups as potential partners in coalitions. I explore two dimensions of coalition building, namely, recognizing how (1) interdependent and intertwined group experiences with unequal citizenship can become the basis for coalitions; and (2) building coalitions among unequal groups constitutes a foundational strategy for strengthening participatory democracy.

Professor Patricia Hill Collins is a Distinguished University Professor at University of Maryland, and a pioneer in the analysis of intersections between race, gender, social class, sexuality and nation. Her books, including Black Feminist Thought and Black Sexual Politics have won numerous awards.

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