Critical Ethnic Studies Conference

This weekend at UC Riverside will be the inaugural conference of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association: Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide.

It’s a seriously amazing lineup: just look at this list of plenary speakers.

Keith Camacho · Cathy Cohen · Glen Coulthard · Angela Davis · Gina Dent · Vicente Diaz · Roderick Ferguson · Ruth Wilson Gilmore · Gayatri Gopinath · Herman Gray · Judith Halberstam · Lisa Hajjar · Cheryl Harris · David Lloyd · Lisa Lowe · Fred Moten · José Muñoz · Nadine Naber · Hiram Pérez · Laura Pulido · Michelle Raheja · Dylan Rodríguez · Sarita See · Denise da Silva · Audra Simpson · Nikhil Singh · Andrea Smith · Dean Spade · Neferti Tadiar · João Costa Vargas · Waziyatawin

And that isn’t even counting all the other panels.

(If anyone reading this isn’t familiar with these scholars and activist-scholars and public intellectuals: you really, really won’t regret looking up their work. I plan to do that for those I don’t yet know, after seeing their names in such company)

A conference Tumblr has been set up for optionally-anonymous crowdsourced liveblogging. The first thing posted there is an announcement of a panel on Octavia Butler, with Alexis Pauline Gumbs who blew my mind when I saw her present the Queer Black Mobile Homecoming project recently; it definitely seems like a sign that this is going to be a productive and perhaps even transformative experience.

The conference hashtag on Twitter will be #cesa11. I’ve been an unofficial social media helper since I persuaded organizer Jayna Brown to join Twitter at the Eaton Conference a few weeks ago, so I will be tweeting lots at @alothian and possibly dipping my toes into Tumblr after all the liveblogging I did at DML last weekend.

I can’t make it Thursday, alas, but I will be attending on Friday and Saturday; see you there?