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The Politics of Replacement: Demographic Fears, Conspiracy Theories and Race Wars Virtual Conference: 


June 28-29, 2021.

First scheduled to take place in June 2020, the global pandemic forced us to postpone the conference. While for a long time we remained committed to organizing a real life gathering in Amsterdam, at some point we decided that an international gathering of scholars who have dedicated time and energy to critically study the rise and the constitution of replacement conspiracies cannot wait.

This means that the conference will, to a large extent, be an online conference, and speakers and participants will meet each other through the online platform MeetAnyway. With a hybrid touch: some of the keynote speeches and panels will physically take place in Amsterdam and will be livestreamed.

You can find more information here.


Race, Violence and Precarity

Thursday, Sept. 23 (11 am-2 pm)

Zoom Details TBA


Moderator: Falguni A. Sheth, Emory University

Joy James, Williams College

Michael Eng, Appalachian State University

Sabeen Ahmed, University of Illinois

Devonya Havis, Canisius College

William Paris, University of Toronto

Linda Martín Alcoff, CUNY Graduate Center

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"(Dis)ordering epistemological terra nullius: Or yes, the other can speak"

The epistemic violence and injustice perpetrated by the onto-epistemological logics, (ir)rationalities and narratives of the raced and feminised non-western other are facing ongoing disordering and disruption of its proclaimed invincibility and totalizing efficacy from multiple voices, human, more-than-human, and non-human and pluridiverse knowledges from the South. These voices have been relegated to outside of humanness itself, incapable of intellectualism, and lacking history and the capacity to have agency and ingenuity. Such a global design is premised on and (re)produces the discourse that Western reason, intellectualism, systems of knowledge production, framing of knowledge and the knowing subject as superior, absolute and universal, eliding the ongoing violent logics and (ir)rationalities that seek to reproduce the other‘s silence.

In this modern/colonial onto-epistemological landscape, the voice of the other is often framed at best as embryonic, as in childlike, and at worst as deficient, unmodern and backward, as in deviant and monstrous. The voice of the other can thus within modernity/coloniality, only have agency and legitimacy through Western canonization, appropriation or assimilation. In light of this manufactured and ritualized (un)reality, this extensive absence within the dominant modern/colonial system of knowledge production rests on logics of social death and epistemological denial and reproduce a monological end of history that is increasingly entering into intensified and unsustainable crises. 

Such struggles and crises make visible how claims to epistemological terra nullias are ritualized fantasies. The modern/colonial onto-epistemological project has never been able to eradicate the pluridiversity of the South even as it has enacted systemic and systematised originary and ongoing harm. Building on past and present efforts to bring about epistemological decolonization, this call for papers is situated within the contours of this struggle, with the intent to provide a meeting place for the voices of the other to be spoken, listened to, embraced, put into dialogue, and received without the inference of Western validation, the violence of appropriation or the denial of assimilation.


We invite submissions that address these themes and others, and questions below:


  • Critiques of the modern/colonial system of knowledge/reason

  • Decolonising disruptions of this system of violent appropriation, extraction and disavowal

  • Engagements as and with the more-than-human and non-human

  • Theoretically informed empirically rich accounts of such decolonising in action

  • Dialogues across borders which experiment with pluridiversity in thought and form

  • Creative expression of the voice of the other

  • Storytelling and writing as ceremony

We will accept a plurality of formats for consideration for publication in this special issue: including full articles that will go out for peer review; cultural pieces; reflection pieces; action notes, poetry; and other formats.

Please contact us the co-editors to discuss your ideas at;



Submission of manuscript: August, 2021

Review process, including revisions: August-December 2021

Publication: January 2022