4th Annual CRS Symposium

Press Release

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:     Jamelia N. Morgan, African American Policy Forum 
OFFICE:          310-825-1503 
CELL:              310-795- 1736 
EMAIL:           jmorgan@aapf.org 

The faculty of the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law encourage you to save the date for the 4th Annual CRS Symposium:  

“Intersectionality: Challenging Theory, Reframing Politics, Transforming Movements” 

March 11 – 13, 2010 

UCLA School of Law

Since the publication of Kimberlé Crenshaw’s formative articles – Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race & Sex (1989), and Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics & Violence Against Women of Color (1994) – the concept of intersectionality has traversed more than a dozen academic disciplines, transnational and popular political discourse, generated multiple conferences, monographs, anthologies, and animated hundreds of articles and essays.  In the twenty years since Crenshaw introduced intersectionality, critiques of identity politics and multiculturalism and, more recently, claims of a “post-racial” era have blossomed. In 2010, we will re-visit the origins of intersectionality as a theoretical frame and site of legal interventions and consider its still unfolding potential for unmasking subordination and provoking social change. At this year’s symposium, an extraordinary group of race-conscious, feminist, and critical scholars across academic disciplines and advocacy spheres are convening to revisit the implications and potentials of intersectional scholarship, and to collaborate in charting out directions for more innovative, socially urgent, and cutting edge responses to pressing social problems. As Crenshaw’s work originally argued, it has been clear to many scholars and advocates for some time that—whether the arena is law and policy, education, public health, social movement organizing, or political representation—attempting to treat dynamics such as racism and sexism as discrete problems is inadequate. The most vulnerable people are left poorly recognized or neglected, and the underlying problems remain unremedied.

As a practical outgrowth of this work, the African American Policy Forum will also launch the Intersectionality Learning Circles Project in March 2010, which will engage the interconnected and complex relationships between dynamics of discrimination. One of the primary tools that AAPF uses in advancing understanding and effective responses to subordination involves the creation of “learning circles”, focused on specific intersectional dynamics and populations. Learning circles” entail collaborative study and action partnerships between legal advocates, activists, community organizers, educators, and researchers and scholars. They are geared towards developing policy and advocacy interventions to support populations who are dealing with multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, on the bases of race, gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, citizenship, and related statuses. 

Call for Proposals

We are pleased to solicit proposals for individual papers or whole sessions, engaging one or more of our embedded themes, a) intersectionality across disciplines; b) intersectional praxis; c) intersectionality and post-racialism; d) intersectionality and transnationalism; and e) intersectionality embodied.  For an extended description of the themes, please visit the web link provided below. 
All proposals should include the session or paper title, a 300-500 word abstract, the names, affiliations, and CVs or resumes of all participants, and any audio-visual requests. Session proposals should specify panel, roundtable, or workshop format. Panels integrating practitioners or advocates, including both junior and senior scholars and/or including graduate or law students, are strongly encouraged. 
The deadline to submit proposals is December 15, 2009.

Please submit questions about the event and proposals to: crssymposium@law.ucla.edu 

Confirmed Participants 

Eudine Barriteau
Sumi Cho
Cathy Cohen
Sarah Deer
Phillip Atiba Goff
Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Angela Harris
Luke Harris
Melissa Harris-Lacewell
Tanya Hernandez
Nagwa Ibrahim
Gail Lewis
George Lipsitz
Catharine MacKinnon
Leslie McCall
Mari Matsuda
Charles Mills
Chandra Talpade Mohanty
Beth Richie
Dorothy Roberts
Tricia Rose
Nikhil Singh
Sandra Smith
Dean Spade
Alvin Starks
Miguel Unzueta
Francisco Valdes
Mieke Verloo
Jurema Werneck
Patricia Williams


Principal Co-Sponsor
The Women and the Law Project at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law 
Presenting Co-sponsor
African American Policy Forum
Columbia Law School
LatCrit, Inc.
The Williams Institute 
Contributing Co-Sponsors
Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College

ACLU Women’s Rights Project
Center for Global Justice, Seattle University School of Law
The Center for New Racial Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara
UCLA Center for the Study of Women

For information about submitting papers, registration fees, sponsorship opportunities, and conference logistics, visit:





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