Re: – “Originally: in the matter of, referring to… Subsequently: about, concerning” (OED).
Referring to ATHE. Concerning ATHE. Our 2021 conference theme begins with a recognition and calls for a reckoning.
We recognize that ATHE has work to do – in ATHE President Josh Abrams’ words, “to move both ATHE and the field forward towards a moment when ATHE will truly be an anti-racist organization.” Among the conference committee, describing these actions generated multiple words with the prefix “Re.” Reclaim. Redesign. Revolt. Recover.
Re- the prefix complicates our reckoning. Its meanings include “back from a point reached” and “back to the original place or position.” It risks nostalgia, a rootedness in what was, even as we seek to redesign something new. But nostalgia from whose perspective?
The conference timeline has been adjusted this year, recognizing the major shifts in labor and energy that each of us face both professionally and personally.
We are widely encouraging Focus Groups to accept individually submitted papers in order to curate full panels for the submission process, and we will encourage Focus Groups to share information to ensure that as many papers as possible find an appropriate home.
Individual Paper/Presentation Abstract Submissions Due to Focus Groups: November 1, 2020
Each focus group will issue a call for papers with submission information. Calls will be available on the ATHE website.
General Proposals (Fully-formed Panels) Due: December 1, 2020
Submitted through ATHE’s website. Look for details soon!
Pre-Conference Proposals Due: January 4, 2021
Debut Panel information to follow.