Racism, Colonialism, and Law

Call for Papers:

Guest  Editor Iyiola Solanke, Associate Professor at Leeds University Law School in  England, and the editorial staff of Race/Ethnicity invite submissions  for the first issue of its sixth volume, entitled “Racism, Colonialism and  Law.”

The  focus of this issue revolves around the ideas of racism, colonialism and law,  considered together. We ask contributors to consider how ideas and practices associated  with racism, colonialism and the law either help to reveal or unhelpfully  obscure the social experience of marginalized groups. We also welcome  reflections on the importance of critical social and legal interventions as  responses to those everyday needs and realities that fall through the cracks.

We welcome  contributions that engage questions such as the following:

  1. What are the obstacles and  opportunities for critical reflections on racism, colonialism, and law? Have  blind spots emerged historically which are re-produced by concepts and  categories used in debate and discussion? How does this affect the ability to  identify contemporary occurrences of racial subordination and develop adequate  political and legal responses?
  2. What is gained or lost through  the development of “universal” international legal frameworks and their  application to peoples and groups with very particular histories and lives  affected by racism, colonialism and law?
  3. How does the legacy of  colonialism and racism appear  in current  rules, laws and practices  in everyday domains  such as health, education, immigrant and refugee rights, employment, or other  arenas? What major changes in legal doctrine and practice would authors welcome  and why?
  4. As an activist and practitioner working at the intersection of these  issues, what have you been your experiences advocating for/initiating change  (legal, community, etc.) at the intersections of issues of race, colonialism  and law as defined in your locale?

Of course, this list is not meant to be  exhaustive.  We welcome contributions  that use these ideas as a point of departure as well as those which offer new  insights not addressed here.

Papers must be received by April 1, 2012 to  be considered for publication in this issue.

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