Starting Date: 02-18-2010
Ending Date: 02-20-2010
University Of Texas
Austin, Texas 73301
United StatesAbriendo Brecha VII
Opening a Path
A Conference on Scholarship * Activism * Social Justice
Feb 18−20, 2010
This is a turning point moment. Across the Americas, economic and political crisis are leading to profound shifts in the roles and economies of states and counterhegemonic formations, and in the strategies of social justice organizations. This crisis creates new forms of oppression, but also generates new opportunities for imagining alternatives to dominant economic, political and social orders.
Abriendo Brecha is an annual conference at the University of Texas at Austin dedicated to activist scholarship; i.e. research and creative intellectual work in alignment with communities, organizations, movements and networks working for social justice. Abriendo Brecha VII calls for a renewed discussion on the meanings and practices of activist scholarship, particularly as it relates to the challenges of the present moment. Some themes for this year’s conference include (but are not limited to): Race and Inequality throughout the Americas; Environmental Justice Movements; and The Global Economic Crisis.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
This year's conference will consist of a mixed format that includes
panels, workshops, poster presentations, performances and film.
The planning committee calls for three types of proposals:
1. Panel proposals: Panels should consist of 3-4 presenters who focus
on a common theme or issue related to the intersection of scholarship,
activism and social justice. Proposals that include both scholars and
activists who work within and outside academia are strongly encouraged.
2. Workshop proposal: Workshops should consist of two or more
individuals who will discuss a theme or issue related to the
intersection of scholarship, activism and social justice. Workshops
should be designed to create a dialogue between presenters and
3. Poster Presentation Proposals: Poster presentations are visual
displays that represent a movement, organization, media project or
collaborative research project that relates to social justice and/or
activist scholarship. Poster presentations will be displayed in the
main hall throughout the duration of the conference; presenters are
encouraged to periodically host facilitated presentations of the
Geographical Scope: State