Oct 302019

Challenging Anti-Black Racisms and Sociology for Black Liberation

Invitation to Contribute 1000 Words to “Committing Sociology”, a rubrique of the Canadian Review of Sociology on the theme of: Challenging Anti-Black Racisms and Sociology for Black Liberation

W.E.B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon, theorizing the Black “problem”, referred to the Black body as having an “illicit presence” in society, a body that does not belong, as is the case of the Black scholar racially profiled at Congress 2019, on the University of British Columbia campus. The embodiment of blackness in racial profiling and anti-black racism context carries with them institutional pathologization and the othering of blackness.

Professors Wesley Crichlow and Elaine Coburn are coordinating a symposium for the ‘Committing Sociology’ rubrique of the Canadian Review of Sociology. We ask, “How does anti-Black racism and racial profiling make Black people/bodies and skin social problems instead of understanding their relationship to this land?”

In particular, we would like to use this written forum to (very briefly) address the ways that, as a discipline, sociology has reproduced anti-Black racisms, while drawing on the theories, insights and experiences of Black scholars who challenge white supremacy, white knowledge and white privilege in their writing, teaching and praxis and activism within and outside the university.

We would like to follow, too, Professor Katherine McKittrick (2019), when she writes about the potential for creative labour, including scholarly labour, to embody liberatory possibilities rather than anti-Black racisms:

…liberation is an

already existing and unfinished

and unmet possibility, laced with

creative labour, that emerges,

from the ongoing collaborative

expression of black humanity

and black livingness.

To that end, we are asking if you would be interested in contributing a short piece, no more than 1000 words, excluding references, to ‘Committing Sociology’ with a deadline of January 15, 2020. The written contribution may address any aspect of the relationship between anti-Black racisms and sociology; anti-Black racisms and society; how sociologists might challenge the reproduction of anti-Black racisms in the discipline and in social life; and go beyond white supremacies, white knowledge and white privilege, to “the collaborative expression of black humanity”, in scholarship and in society.

The contribution is not subject to peer review, although there is editorial oversight. For an idea of what is expected for the rubrique ‘Committing Sociology’  — “short, timely pieces, addressing current debates, social concerns, and recent publications in sociology and its subfields” – please see: https://www.csa-scs.ca/canadian-review/committing-sociology/

Submissions should be made to: blackliberationcrs@gmail.com by January 15, 2020.


Katherine McKittrick, “Don’t Let Them Steal Your Wonder: Extractions from Dear Science

and Other Stories” from her Don’t Wear Down, (http://katherinemckittrick.com/wornout), 2019: 37-38.