Northern Arizona University

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S. SanFransisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ

United States

Key Note Speakers:

Andrea Smith

Noel Ignatiev

Throughout his life, Northern Arizona University Professor and activist Joel Olson fought racial discrimination and inequality. Academically, he argued that citizenship is a form of racial privilege in which whites are equal to each other but superior to everyone else.

Most recently, he was developing a political theory of fanaticism to push us to embrace it rather than fear it. In his more activist-based work, he fought against police repression via Cop Watch and for freedom of immigrant communities through the Repeal Coalition, an organization he co-founded that worked directly with the undocumented people. In our view, his scholarship and life embodied the best of political theory and action.

This conference seeks to examine the themes in Dr. Olson’s work, both in the academy, on the streets, and in his everyday life. Generally, we see his legacy best reflected in emancipatory projects and critiques of power. To that end, we invite proposals for papers, panes, and roundtables that broadly fit with themes in his work. For specific listing of suggested topics or how to submit proposals, see the web site.

Conference Registration Fee: $20


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