Call for Papers

Theme: Prejudice and Expertise
Subtitle: Discrimination in the West, 1850-2000
Type: International Conference
Institution: University of Warwick
Location: Coventry (United Kingdom)
Date: 22.–23.3.2018
Deadline: 31.10.2017


The first decades of the 21st century have seen the reemergence of
prejudice as a factor in European and North American politics and
society. Events ranging from the rise of the far-right in France and
Germany to Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have been ascribed
by a range of commentators to political discontent in part motivated
by racial and religious prejudice, misogyny, and xenophobia.

We propose to explore how prejudice of all forms has been
historically — and is today — constructed, supported and represented
to the public. In particular, this conference will aim to show how
discriminatory polices and perspectives have been rationalized by
recourse to theories about human ‘difference’. How exactly has
prejudice been justified historically?  What evidence has been
harnessed to justify discriminating against marginal groups?  Who
creates the arguments for mistreating others, and how do their ideas
inform professional practice and permeate the public sphere?

In the course of this conference, we hope to examine how the
intellectual and academic underpinnings of prejudice are presented
for public consumption through media and popular culture, and how
those popularizations impact politics and public policy. Papers
focusing on any Western country from the 19th century to the present
day will be considered.

Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
- scientific racism/eugenics
- constructions of race and identity
- medical justifications and implications of prejudce
- politicizing sexual practices (from homosexuality to inter-racial
- immigration policy, xenophobia, and ‘scapegoatig’
- persecution of indigenous peoples (including removal and separation
- religious discrimination
- class prejudice
- popularization of prejudice
- media portrays of race, class, gender and sexual orientation
- public policy and prejudice
- the politics of prejudice
- social impacts of prejudice

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief
biographical statement by 31 October 2017 to:

Dr Elise Smith (University of Warwick)
Dr Bradley W. Hart (California State Univeristy, Fresno)


Email: conven...@prejudice-expertise.org
Web: http://www.prejudice-expertise.org


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