Call for Papers

IX Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference
Engaged Scholarship: Fostering Civil and Human Rights
Austin, Texas
October 23-25, 2018
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center


For over fifteen years, the Race, Ethnicity, and Place (REP) Conference has brought together diverse groups of scholars to facilitate research on race and ethnicity and has provided a critical gathering place of support and collaboration for underrepresented scholars. The REP Conference provides important opportunities for faculty, professionals, and graduate students to engage in discussions of timely and critical issues regarding race and ethnicity in multiple places and spatial contexts worldwide.

Under the current political climate of fear and exclusion, undergirded by racism, xenophobia, and white supremacy – it is critical that scholars from a broad range of perspectives develop transformative research to foster inclusive policy, advocacy, and action. The 2018 Austin IX REP Conference specifically aims to create and support a productive forum for scholarly dialog to build bridges between diverse approaches to the study of race, ethnicity and diversity. The goal is to put into conversation distinct approaches to the study of race and ethnicity in order to achieve deeper spatial understanding of issues related to diversity, difference and human rights.

As a means of creating common ground across multiple ways of studying race and ethnicity, we call for original papers and panel submissions that further scholarship relating to race, ethnicity, and place. The theme of the 2018 REP conference, Engaged Scholarship: Fostering Civil and Human Rights, encourages geographic scholarship related to civil and human rights issues that intersect with race, ethnicity, diversity and/or social/environmental justice. We specifically encourage panels that highlight mixed methodologies and epistemologies that will facilitate cross-boundary dialogue.

Registration is available now.

Key themes include but are not limited to:

  • Ethnicity (Pan-Africanism, Indigenous Identity, Ethnic Identity, Institutions and Neighborhoods, Census Geography)
  •  Race (National and Racial Identity, Intersectionality, Whiteness, Segregation, Racism, Anti-Racism, Racial Profiling)
  • Civil Rights (Policing, Justice, Diversity in Higher Education, Discipline of Geography, STEM)
  • Place (Geo-Narratives, Housing and Neighborhoods, Landscapes, Suburbanization, Urban Policy, Gentrification, Community Engagement)
  • Gender (LGBTQIA Rights, Gendered Intersections, Sexuality, Feminisms)
  • Human Rights (Human Rights and Science, Governance, Democracy, Civil Society)
  • Immigration (Immigrant Rights, Policing & Enforcement, Detention, Integration, Settlement, Gateways, Labor Migration, Transnationalism)
  • Health (Modeling, Racial Disparities in Access to Services, Health Outcomes)
  • Crime (Mass Incarceration, Prisons and the Criminal Justice System)
  • Environment (Climate Change, Community Ecology, Green Infrastructure, Sustainable Development, Water Access, Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism, Critical Physical Geography)

Submit your paper, panel or poster by August 24, 2018.