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Activism @ the Margins: Stories of Resistance, Survival and Social Change

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The Capitol Theatre & Melbourne Town Hall

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Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

PATRICIA HILL COLLINS, Distinguished University Professor Emerita (University of Maryland)

GARY FOLEY, Professor of History (Moondani Balluk, Victoria University)

VICTORIA GRIEVE-WILLIAMS, Adjunct Professor (RMIT University)

TONY DALTON, Emeritus Professor (RMIT University)

DENNIS ALTMAN, Professor and Vice Chancellor's Fellow (LaTrobe University)

SHAHIDUL ALAM, Adjunct Professor (RMIT University)


The voices and lived experiences of those directly affected by oppression are now front and centre in protest movements. Women of colour, migrants, refugees, Indigenous and LGBTQAx communities as well as climate change activists are powerfully and unapologetically effecting change through a broad range of actions. These protest actions are now occurring at unprecedented scale and speed – from speaking up and out, to educating and organising others in their communities, to urging elected political and community leaders to support efforts to mobilise for and with the most marginalised, disadvantaged and vulnerable in society.

Driven by desires to dismantle entrenched power structures, populism and autocracy, and to save the Earth, people are beginning at the grassroots and connecting with activists internationally from #BlackLivesMatter to #ExtinctionRebellion to #IsupportStandingRock to #ReclaimtheNight and other Anti-Rape and Anti-Violence Against Women supporters, from the Arab Spring to #SOSBlakAustralia and other grassroots movements around the world.

We have married the lessons of women, Indigenous, black and gay liberation movements of the 60s and 70s with organising against racism and discrimination of the 80s and 90s with new models and tools of resistance in the digital age. Protests are now transformed by new technologies and social media, allowing people to assemble, share experiences and give voice to perspectives that would otherwise be excluded.

How do we make sense of these protest movements in the digital age and in relation to social change over time? This conference offers a chance for pause, reflection and critical engagement of this complex question.

We are particularly interested in:

Creative, storytelling and performative approaches to the analysis or presentation of protest cultures or forms of activism, ‘artivism’, ‘craftivism’ and other communities of practice (especially from the perspectives of exiles, minority and marginalised communities).

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to): climate change, environmentalism, racism, discrimination, same-sex marriage, sexism, surveillance, exclusion, mental health issues, homelessness, cyber-bullying, violence against women, men, children or families, human rights, Indigenous rights, refugee rights, women’s rights, land rights. How storytelling, song, voice, dance, music, art and other modes of performance amplify the voices of marginalised people through social movements and protest, and to what effect.

Applicants are invited to submit an abstract of max. 250 words and a short bio of max. 250 words by 1 October 2019. Send abstracts, panel proposals and enquiries to: activism2020@gmail.com

Click on the link below to read the full call for papers:

https://www.rmit.edu.au/events/all-events/conferences/2020/february/call-for-papers-conference

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