Call for Abstracts | 12th Annual Decolonizing Conference of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies


The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS), in collaboration with Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity, New College, University of Toronto; The Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Education (SACOST) along with the Institute for Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS), University of Education, Winneba; the Centre for Leadership and Diversity (CLD), OISE, University of Toronto; the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement and the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute, issues a world-wide invitation to scholars, researchers, Elders, community leaders, artists, activists, and educators to participate in an in-person dialogue that critically analyzes fascism resurgence, the politics and logics of dehumanization, and the possibilities of anti-colonial praxis in ‘fugitive spaces’1.

As a research Centre, CIARS brings together faculty, students, and community organizations whose research interests and political commitments are in anti-racism and critical race studies. Our focus is anchored in the critical study of race as they relate to Indigeneity, decolonization, and anti-colonial education. CIARS’ mandate, namely the fostering of interdisciplinary anti-racism studies in education, embraces a broad view of education. In CIARS' view, education can be understood as the processes that influence and contribute to how individuals and their communities come to know the world and act within it. CIARS' faculty and students are deeply committed to an integrative view: all systems of oppression are interlocked and a study of one such system, racism, necessarily entails a study of class exploitation, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, gender, and colonial violence. The Centre is housed in Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and is part of the Department of Social Justice Education (SJE).


Speaking Out and Speaking Up’ In Fugitive Spaces:
Fascism Resurgence, Logics of Dehumanization and Anti-Colonial Praxis


  • Anti-Black Social World
  • Africanness and Blackness: Convergences and Synergies
  • Africology and Critical Afrocentric Perspectives in Education
  • Anti-Asianness - Resurgences and Resistance
  • Anti-Colonial Educational Praxis
  • Anti-Muslimism, Islamophobia, Imperialism, and Militarism
  • Biodiversity, Sustainability, and the Capitalization of Nature
  • Blackness, Anti-Blackness, and Settler Colonialism
  • Black and Indigenous Futurisms
  • Cartographies of Indigeneity
  • Critical Conversations on the Invisibility of Complicity and Compliance
  • Decolonial Blackness and Blackcentricity
  • Decolonizing Borders and Occupation of Lands
  • Fascism, White-Supremacy and White Nationalism
  • Gender and Feminisms
  • Global Capitalism, Conflict and the Land
  • Global Social Movements and Anti-Colonial Solidarities
  • Human Movement, Forced Migration, Exploitation, and Resistance
  • Indigenous knowledge systems for Living Well on the Land
  • Indigenous Resurgence, Resistance, and New Possibilities
  • Labour and Work
  • Language, Race, Policy, and Education
  • Language, Stories, and Memory-Making
  • Media and Climate Justice
  • Mothering, Other-mothering, and Spiritualities of Land
  • Politics of Dehumanization
  • Queering the Land
  • Race, Disability, and Land
  • Race, Education, and the Academy
  • Race, Environment, and Health
  • Race, Gender, and Body Conquest
  • Race, Indigeneity, and Settler Colonization
  • Race, Policing, and the Justice System
  • Racisms and White Supremacist Logics
  • Sustainable Economies and Food Sovereignty for Living Well on the Land
  • The Anthropocene and the Racialization of Resources
  • The Nation State, Citizenship, and International Development •
  • Water, Life, and Communities
  • White Nationalism and the Resurgence of Anti-Semitism
  • Youth Resistances and Activist Politics



CIARS welcomes a wide range of submission categories:

  • Individual papers
  • Individual posters
  • Group poster sessions
  • Group panel sessions
  • Group panel sessions
  • Workshops (aimed at enhancing Graduate Student learning)
  • Arts-based Installations and New Media (Poetry, Songs, Dance, Audial-based media such as podcasts, Visual-based media such as Film, and other New Media)

*You may submit proposals to more than one category *



Proposals should clearly connect to the conference theme and contribute to the advancement of Indigenous and decolonial studies, anti-colonial thought and practice, critical race and anti- racism theory, practice, methodology, and/or community organizing. Please see format, word limit, and deadline below:


Your abstract should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • 5 Key Words
  • Research question
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Methodology/Theoretical Framework (such as method of data collection, modes of inquiry, conceptual framework)
  • Results/conclusion (even if they are preliminary at the time of submission)

Word Limit

Individual Papers: 250 words
Group Panels: 500 words
Other Work/Contributions: 250 words Bio: 50 words

Submission Deadline

The submissions portal opens before December 31, 2022. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2023.

Accepted proposals will be contacted by June 15, 2023. Details of the submission process can be found at the websites listed below:

We look forward to an intellectually stimulating and spiritually rejuvenating learning experience for all!

In solidarity,
The XII Decolonizing Conference Organizers