50 years of naming institutional racism: realising racial equity or intensifying injustices?

1 November to 3 November 2017
9am to 7.30pm
Deakin Downtown

It has now been half a century since the term ‘institutional racism’ was first coined in Black Power (1967) by Charles Hamilton and Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture). This conference will explore how far we have progressed during the last half century in elucidating the nature of, and effective countermeasures for, institutional racism.

Event details

It has now been half a century since the term ‘institutional racism’ was first coined in Black Power (1967) by Charles Hamilton and Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture). In this seminal work, they considered institutional racism as a form of racism ’less overt, far more subtle, less identifiable in terms of specific individuals committing the acts. But…no less destructive to human life…originat[ing] in the operation of established and respected forces in society’ (p. 4).

Institutional racism is a concept that retains much currency, if not a resurgence, in the 21st century through ongoing controversies in politics, policing, education and healthcare, among others. This conference will explore how far we have progressed during the last half century in elucidating the nature of, and effective countermeasures for, institutional racism.

The questions this conference will consider include: what critiques of the institutional racism as a concept have emerged over this time? What do we know of its articulation with colonisation and other intersecting forms of oppression across various contexts? What have we learnt about the interplay between individual agency and organisational structure in constituting institutional racism? What success and failures have emerged in efforts to combat racism within institutions?

Presenters

Potential presenters should submit a 250 word abstract aligned with one or more conference themes, along with their contact details using the online abstract submission form.

Submissions must be received by 1 June 2017.

Keynote speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Ms Priscilla Brice, Managing Director, All Together Now
  • Dr Heather Came, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology
  • Dr Matthew Farry, Director, Institute for Courageous Conversations About Race, Unitec Institute of Technology
  • Dr Kasey Henricks, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Prof. Alexandra Kalev, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Heidi Mirza, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Dr Helen Wilson, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester

Key information

Date and time

Wednesday 1 November to
Friday 3 November 2017

9am–7.30pm

Location

Deakin Downtown
Tower 2, Level 12
727 Collins Street
Docklands

Contact details

Chair, conference organising committee
Prof. Yin Paradies
Email Prof. Paradies