In her Keynote address at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan urged her audience to consider what it means to create and sustain a society in which all are equal. This query has become evergreen in the US, where ongoing issues of equity and justice sit at the forefront of our discourse. It is within social movements and physical acts of movement that we can locate efforts toward advancing such a society. Thus, questions before us as scholars, students, activists, and community advocates are: What is the political work of movement and migration? What can these histories teach us about solidarity and community building? We intend to engage these questions and more at the 2024 CRES Justice Conference, themed: Movements and Migrations.
Hosted at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, on the lands of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, we are mindful of the troubling ways concepts of movement and migration converge in the name of “Western expansion” and at the expense of Indigenous peoples. Fort Worth’s tagline, “Where the West begins,” signals a colonial logic that must be problematized and explored. This framing is emblematic of broader conversations about movement and migration that we desire to have. Taking inspiration from the critical work of the Palestinian Liberation movement and utilizing Ethnic Studies as a central lens, we seek to examine the global legacies and present impacts of colonial occupation from Brownsville to Kashmir, Afghanistan, South Africa, Baltimore, Sacramento, Turtle Island, Ireland, Mindanao, Iraq, Puerto Rico, Hawai’i and on.
We are seeking work that takes up the multiple valences of movement and migration from various interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary contexts (including historical, literary, cultural, pedagogical, visual, socio-political analyses and more). We especially seek papers that apply a decolonial lens to their work.