Building Bridges/Dismantling Racism for the Common Good 

June 9-11, 2021

*Due to COVID-19 this will be a virtual conference

This conference will examine the characteristics of systemic racism and its impact on everyday life by exploring the interrelated themes of diversity, alienation (anomie), whiteness and community. Presentations developed around these themes will establish critical frameworks for understanding how race and racial ideologies persist in shaping social and cultural institutions, which mediate interconnectedness and/or social isolation between individuals and social groups, and how these factors foster or hinder community-building.

Break-out sessions will be facilitated each day by the staff of the Institute for the Healing of Memories (IMH) to help participants process their feelings, experiences and general understanding of the topics presented. 

The conference design is based on the organizers’ conviction that addressing racism necessitates a rigorous interdisciplinary approach and also needs to bridge the gap between academic research and teaching and social activism beyond the university. 

call for papers

Deadline: Jan. 30, 2021

We seek to dismantle the unintentional walls that can exist between scholars, community activists, and the general public that inhibit the flow of information between these sectors. In so doing, our goal is to create a learning environment of authentic exchange—a sort of teach-in—for all participants.

Possible Topics and Themes

  • Designing Race through Representational Forms
  • Confronting “White Only” Spaces within the 21st Century
  • Economic Impact of Racial Stratification
  • Intersections of Race, Immigration, and Empire
  • Mobilization and Internalization of Racial Stereotypes
  • Neuroscience of Racist Thinking/Othering
  • Anomie
  • Biodiversity and Race
  • Globalization and Race
  • Violence
  • Comparative Histories on Race/Racism
  • Racial Trauma
  • Creative Strategies of Resistance
  • Memory and Race
  • Identity
  • Social Justice Work
  • Whiteness

Proposed Formats*                                            

  • Individually submitted papers
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Pre-recorded lecture/presentations

*Due to COVID-19 all presentations will take place virtually, either live-streamed or pre-recorded.

Publication Opportunity

Accepted papers from Building Bridges/Dismantling Racism will be proposed to a leading independent academic publisher.


If interested in contributing, please send an email confirmation with an abstract of not more than 300 words and a short bio by January 30, 2021 to or .  

Full submissions/presentations will be due April 1, 2021.


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