On behalf of Kalamazoo College community, the ACSJL staff would like to welcome all to join us this coming fall for the Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership’s With/Out – ¿Borders? Conference, September 25-28, 2014. Registration is open now at https://reason.kzoo.edu/csjl/withoutborders/.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
This four-day conference – [un]conference, aims to question, interrogate and complicate the very notion of borders from a number of intersectional, cartographical, ideological, political, cultural, and social locations. The program will include plenaries, roundtables and workshops on topics ranging from current activism around power structures within US cities and schools, LGBTQ refugees in Canada and land conflict between Nigeria and Cameroon to identity formation at the US-Mexico border. People from many different backgrounds and regions of the country and the world, as well as activists and academics from right here in Kalamazoo, had proposals accepted. Key scholars, writers and artists – Nikky Finney, Alex Lubin, shea howell, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Angela Davis and many more – were invited to be on plenaries and to perform.
In addition, community organizations and other academic departments on and off campus are co-sponsoring specific programs and participating in the conference, including The Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University, the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, the University of Chicago, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and the University of Illinois, Chicago Social Justice Initiative.
BE MORE INVOLVED!
There are a number of ways to go beyond simply attending! As part of the Conference – [un]conference format, there will be informal spaces for conference-goers to share learnings, give impromptu demonstrations, begin public discussion, stage a performance or anything else!
Varieties of Requisition: A Mapping Project, an interactive project by artist Ashley Hunt that will examine how policies and structures of exclusion and exploitation have created inequalities we experience today. Hunt is collecting ideas and data from conference participants to document spaces, practices and methods of "dispossession." This public contribution process will continue through the summer and during the September 2014 With/Out - ¿Borders? Conference, at which time the piece will be constructed publically.