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CFP: Nah! On the Possibilities of Ongoing Refusals

Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA)
Conference Date: May 2931, 2023

Location: York University

Deadline: January 15, 2023

Our Theme: Nah! On The Possibilities of Ongoing Refusals
The annual meeting of the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA) will take place in person May 29 31, 2023 as part of the annual
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (May 27 June 2, 2023) at York’s Keele and Glendon Campuses in Toronto. The theme for Congress 2023 will be Reckonings and ReImaginings. Drawing on the lessons of Black Lives Matter, the Federal Antiracism Secretariat, Idle No More, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Congress 2023 aims to focus on what is needed to live in nonhierarchical relationships that can truly honour our human differences, while protecting the land, water and air we all need to live together. This theme also reflects the vision of Associate Professor Andrea Davis, Academic Convenor for Congress 2023, and her collaboration with members of the York University community.

Our conference committee has chosen the exclamation Nah as an expression, response, and exhortation of Black refusals. As a colloquial use of language, our call aims to push the
boundaries of how we contend with reckonings and reimaginings in a cultural context where Blackness remains ignored, challenged, and in some cases, diminished by pervasive antiBlackness, both in formal and informal settings. The experience of Blackness related to (body)language as a form of expression, political action, and meaningmaking is invoked in our call. Refusal is broadly understood to encapsulate refusals of form (language/artistic expression/media), “in the break” (Moten, 2003) from disciplinary boundaries, and operating outside/within the context of neoliberal diversity and inclusion frameworks. Refusal is taken to be a “generative stance” (Tuck & Yang, 2014) which encourages radical imaginings beyond established boundaries. Through imaginative articulations of Nah we aim to delve into and depart from past/ongoing practices that precipitate the need for reckonings and reimaginings.
The possibility of ongoing refusals acknowledged by a nod, an intentional and explicit or subtle rejection, a calling deixa pra lá, or a pleading non mais, all create space for counternarratives and Black reexistence.

How can we move the conversation on Black lives beyond rhetoric to actionable strategies that aim for structural change? How might ‘Nah’ be a productive response to inadequate policies, practices, and politics? Where are the structures, spaces, sounds of Black lives currently operating that deserve recognition and could serve as templates for intersectional justice?
Can we even begin to reckon and imagine when much remains to be named and acknowledged?

With this in mind, the Black Canadian Studies Association welcomes individual papers, panels, round table sessions/discussions, posters, art installations, performances, and interactive workshops from a wide range of disciplines that engage with either the Congress theme or BSCA theme.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

1. Reflections on the nonhappenings of 2020 and social change

2. Indigenous and Black solidarities and coresistance

3. Performative allyship, slacktivism

4. Environmental racism, geographies of race and space

5. Black invisibilities

6. The POC, BIPOC erasure/dilution/avoidance of Blackness

7. Disrupting intersectionalityasdiversity narratives

8. Black visuality, visual/aesthetic culture, and imagemaking as refusal

9. Performing Blackness through sport, dance, and/or movement

10. Problematizing the singular narrative approach to Black histories

11. Demands for exceptionalism and the problem of Black Excellence rhetoric

12. Neoliberal erosions of collective work and collective gains

13. Disrupting “comfortability” and a refusal to settle for status quo

14. Critiques of Black conservative movements in Canada and/or beyond

15. Reflection on the consequences of assimilation and semiintegration

16. Redefining Black Canadian Studies

17. Blackness in the academy/postsecondary education

18. Black Canadian media studies and the politics of refusal

19. Black politics and protests

20. Celebratory acts of resistance and Black joy

Participants should submit a 250word abstract proposal by Jan 15, 2023 to
with the subject line: BCSA CONFERENCE ABSTRACT 2023.
Kindly include your name, contact information, affiliation, as well as details about the proposed topic for your submission. Those proposing panels (3 4 papers) should submit a 250word description of the panel, as well as abstracts for the constituent papers; the names, affiliations, and email addresses of each of the presenters; and the name of the moderator/chair. Those proposing round table sessions/discussions should submit a 250word description of the session and the names, affiliations, and email addresses of each of the presenters.

You are encouraged but not required to be a member of the BCSA to submit an abstract
proposal. However, if your paper is accepted, you will be required to become a member (the BCSA has flexible membership options with reduced/sliding rate). The BCSA relies on
conference fees in order to maintain programming, organize community events, and deliver yearly conferences. Our conference fees are structured to allow for ongoing programming while limiting the financial burden on students and community members. Attendees are encouraged to access institutional conference funding wherever possible. In cases of limited institutional funding BCSA will consider requests to waive fees. Kindly pay your membership fee by
December 15, 2022.

To present at the BCSA conference you must pay:

BCSA membership dues
Congress registration fees
BCSA conference fees

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