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After Race, Three: New Alignments in Comparative Racialization, Multiracialism, and Post-Racialism

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Organizer: Rafael Perez-Torres

Co-Organizer: Lynn Itagaki

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This seminar proposes to collectively evaluate and schematize the field of comparative race studies: the tools, methods, and concepts used to compare and contrast the experiences of different racial groups. Comparative racialization rests upon the mutually constitutive concept of race in which groups are racialized in relation to one another. Comparative racialization manages and prioritizes racial claims on the state. Just as Whiteness cannot exist without Blackness, the best methods take into account how the racialization of these racial groups without the histories of Asian, Latinx, and Native American identity formations.

We welcome papers that begin with interdisciplinary methodologies and theories: intersectionality in Black feminist thought and women of color feminism through Kimberlé Crenshaw, Patricia Hill Collins, Angela Davis, and bell hooks, among others; Gloria Anzaldúa’s mestiza consciousness; Grace Kyungwon Hong and Roderick Ferguson’s “strange affinities”; Jasbir Puar’s assemblage via Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; and Rafael Pérez-Torres’s critical mestizaje are some important conceptual foundations that inspire this panel.

We are especially interested in papers presenting new theories and methodologies of comparative racialization and research on Caribbean/African diaspora and Indigenous intersectionalities. Other potential topics might engage the possibilities and perils of anti-racist, interracial coalition-building and alliances; failures of multiculturalism, reevaluations of Whiteness studies; mixed-race studies; transracial adoption; interracial intimacies; Afro-Orientalism; creolité; métissage; Latinidad; Hemispheric American studies; oceans as methods; diasporic cultures, identities, and communities; apologies and reparations. This list is far from exhaustive, and we look forward to your contributions and questions.

This panel is part of an ongoing effort to craft an anthology on comparative racialization and interracial formations. In addition to uploading your 1500-character abstract, including spaces, please send your 2-page CV to


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