Announcing the 7th Annual New College Conference on RACISM & NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS

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Announcing the 7th Annual New College Conference on RACISM & NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS


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*** Please Circulate Widely ***

Announcing the 7th Annual


Saturday October 25, 2008
10 am - 5.30 pm
Wetmore Hall, 21 Classic Avenue (at Spadina)
New College, University of Toronto

This year the Annual New College Conference on Racism and
National Consciousness will be looking at dimensions of
tyrannical war-mongering white supremacy and the divisive
construction and regulation of the identity of individuals
communities and peoples to serve its aggressive predatorial
accumulative domineering interests. We will look at the
function of imperial Eurocentric knowledge-power and impri-
soning punitive imperial white law in the dissemination of
terrorism and the criminalization, inferiorization, dispo-
ssession, impoverishment and devastation of hundreds of
millions of people it considers its Other to further its
capitalist economic political and cultural interests.

This conference is free and open to all. Each year for the
past six years it has attracted over 300 scholars, students,
activists, writers, community and cultural workers from a
wide spectrum of interests. Lunch will be provided. Please
register at well ahead of the date
so we can cater for everyone.

Conference Program

10. am - 11.30 am
Keynote Speaker: Bonita Lawrence
Topic: "Genocide, Assimilation, or Incorporation? Indigenous
Identity and Modes of Resistance"

11.30 am - 12 noon

12. - 12.30pm

12.30pm - 1.30pm
Second Keynote Speaker: Arnold H. Itwaru
Topic: "Master Race Culture: White Supremacy, Liberal Democracy,
and the Continuing Colonization of the World"

1.30 - 2pm

2pm - 2.15pm

2.15pm - 3.15pm
Panel I: Schooling and the Pipeline to Jail
Panel Co-ordinators: Yolisa Dalamba and Kisha McPherson

Speaker: Cyril Cromwell Simmonds
Topic: "'Beneviolence' in the Education System: Contradictions,
Conformity, and Control"

Speaker: Nathan Okonta
Topic: "'Policing the Crisis': African Canadian Youth and
the 'New Right' Ideology"

Speaker: Umesh Sharma
Topic: "An Anthropology of Barbarism: Ideology, Schooling,
and the Sustenance of White Whiteness"

3.15pm - 3.30pm

3.30pm - 3.45pm

3.45pm - 4.45pm
Panel II: Good Muslim...Bad Muslim? White Supremacy and the
Regulation of Islam and Muslim Identity
Panel Co-ordinator: Zahir Kolia

Speaker: Dr. Sedef Arat-Koз
Topic: '"We Win Even When We Lose" Syndrome?: Muslims, Crisis
of Imperial Hegemony, and the Persistence of Western

Speaker: Sumayya Kassamali
Topic: "Secularism and the National Imaginary: Talking About
the Toronto 18"

Speaker: Zahir Kolia
Topic: "Reflections Upon the Politics of Dismemberment: How
Student Activism Regulates the Sacred"

4:45pm - 5:15pm

Dr. Bonita Lawrence (Mi'kmaw) is an Associate Professor at
the School of Social Sciences at Atkinson College, York
University, where she teaches Native Studies and anti-racism.
Her research and publications have focused primarily on urban,
non-status and Metis identities, gender and colonization, and
federally unrecognized Aboriginal communities. She is the author
of "Real" Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People
and Indigenous Nationhood. (University of Nebraska Press and
UBC Press, 2004), and co-editor ( With Kim Anderson) of Strong
Women's Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival (Toronto,
Sumach Press, 2003), a collection of Native women's scholarly
and activist writing . With Kim Anderson she also guest-edited
a recent edition of Atlantis, entitled "Indigenous Women: The
State of Our Nations" (Vol.29.2, Spring, 2005). She has four
refereed publications, the most recent (with Enakshi Dua) is
"Decolonizing Anti-Racism" in Social Justice: A Journal of Crime,
Conflict and World Order, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2005. With Enakshi Dua
she also co-wrote "Challenging White Hegemony In University
Classrooms: Whose Canada Is It?" Atlantis, Vol. 24.2, Spring
2000, 105-122. She has a number of chapters in books as well.
She is a traditional singer who continues to sing with groups in
Kingston and Toronto at Native social and political gatherings.

Dr. Arnold Itwaru designed & developed the Caribbean Studies
Program at New College, University of Toronto, and was its
Director for 10 years. His research and teaching focus on
problematizing Caribbean thought, racism, the capitalist press
and the new imperialism. He is the author of 13 books including
Home and Back, Morning of Yesterday: Seven Stories, Negative
Ecstasy: The Star Trek Seductions and Other Mass Deceptions,
Critiques of Power, and co-author of Closed Entrances: Canadian
Culture and Imperialism. He is currently editing a forthcoming
book entitled "The White Supremacist State: Eurocentrism
Imperialism Colonialism Racism," as well as working on his own
forthcoming book "Master Race Culture: White Supremacy, Liberal
Democracy, and the Continuing Colonization of the World."

Conference co-ordinators: Arnold H. Itwaru and N. Ksonzek.

Supported by the Office of the Principal, New College,
University of Toronto.


Maysie Maysie's picture

Thanks for posting this.

This is an annual conference that I try to get to every year. Sadly, my work has me out of town that weekend, so I'm missing both the re-launch and this conference too. [img]frown.gif" border="0[/img]

I hope someone goes and reports back here.

Makwa Makwa's picture

Did I somehow miss the part on how to register?

New College

My apologies.... you can register with the New
College Programs Secretary at the following address: .

New College
New College

All additional information pertaining to the
conference, including, the conference posters
and flyers, is available on our blog:


M. Spector M. Spector's picture

[url=]Last year's conference[/url]

[ 09 October 2008: Message edited by: M. Spector ]

New College

Just wanted to let you all know that our blog
has now been updated. Kindly also visit our news/commentary and upcoming events/ actions sections for more information on related issues and happenings, as these will be updated quite frequently.