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New Racism and Migration

Call for Papers

Theme: New Racism and Migration
Subtitle: Beyond Colour and the 'West'
Type: International Workshop
Institution: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Location: Singapore
Date: 16.–17.1.2020
Deadline: 16.9.2020

Despite the bulk of work that has established ‘race’ as socially
constructed, ‘race’ remains significant in the everyday lives of
migrants, whether it is imposed upon them or has become a form of
boundary-marking amongst them. While studies on new racism against
immigrants is growing and challenging the white-Others binary, many
are still focused on white people racializing others. Such studies
over-racialize select groups of non-whites including Asians while
ignoring racialization and racism by Asians and among Asians.
Consequently, there has been a dearth of literature on issues of
racialization and racism in non-white settings.

This workshop is interested to move studies of race and migration
away from (skin) colour as well as the ‘West’. It suggests that a
more nuanced understanding of the global, context-specific processes
of racialization and new racisms can be gained by treating the
dominant ‘Western’ experiences of racialization and racism as
reference points rather than paradigms. To extend existing theories
about race, ethnicity, new racism and migration, this workshop calls
for papers that examine the racialization of migrants beyond skin
colour and/or in regions other than Europe and North America,
including papers looking at Asian racialization/racisms and co-ethnic
racialization/racism. It is especially interested in work that
considers intersectional dynamics such as gender, class, nationality
and sexuality and/or postcolonial dynamics. Questions to be addressed
include but are not limited to the following:

- How can our understandings of race and migration be sharpened
 through an analytical focus on racialization and racisms beyond the
 white-others binary?
- How can empirical cases of racialization and racisms in
 non-white-majority settings extend understandings of race and
- How can the ‘invisibility’ of new racism such as between co-ethnics
 be analysed?
- How are migrants’ mobility implicated as difference in
 racialization/racism discourses?
- What new concepts and methods are needed to deepen understandings
 of race and migration?
- Why are some migrants racialized more than others?
- How do migrants resist racialization/racism? Do they racialize
 other migrants?
- How do racialization/racism discourses relate to the postcolonial
 condition, modernity and/or globalization?

Submission of Proposals

Submissions should include a title, an abstract of no more than 250
words and a brief biography including name, institutional
affiliation, and email contact. Please note that only previously
unpublished papers or those not already committed elsewhere can be
accepted. By participating in the workshop, you agree to participate
in the future publication plans of the organizers. The organizers
will provide hotel accommodation for three nights and a contribution
towards airfare for accepted paper participants (one author per

Please submit your proposal using the provided template to Ms Tay
Minghua at by 16 September 2019:

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in end September 2019.
Participants will be required to send in a completed draft paper
(5,000-8,000 words) by 6 December 2019.

Workshop Convenors

Dr Sylvia Ang
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Assoc Prof Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho
Asia Research Institute, and Department of Geography, National
University of Singapore

Prof Brenda S.A. Yeoh
Asia Research Institute, and Department of Geography, National
University of Singapore


Ms Tay Minghua
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore
AS8 Level 7, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent
Singapore 119260
Tel: +65 6516 4224
Fax: +65 6779 1428