Studying Race Relationally | May 12-13, 2016

May 12, 4pm - May 13, 5pm
International House Coulter Lounge, 1414 E 59th St

Scholars for several decades now have conceptualized race as a social construction shaped in specific historical, social and cultural contexts, and accordingly have written works on specific racialized groups, illuminating their place within America’s racial hierarchy.  But an emerging body of work has also begun to consider the relational nature of racializations moving beyond the analysis of how individual groups are formed in relation to whiteness to consider how they are formed in relation to each other. Relational studies of race posit that racialization happens dynamically; group-based racial constructions are formed not only in relation to whiteness, but also in relation to other devalued and marginalized groups (e.g. African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Islanders), whose own racialization is itself constantly in play. This conference on “Studying Race Relationally” seeks to explore these connections and dynamics.

Organized by Professors Ramón A. Gutiérrez (History, UChicago) and Natalia Molina (History, UC San Diego).  

This confererence is made possible with the support of the following sponsors: the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; the Franke Institute for the Humanities; the Department of History; and the International House Global Voices Program at the University of Chicago. 

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