Abriendo Brecha VIII: Eighth Annual Activist Scholarship Conference
Thu, February 17, 2011 • Various Rooms, Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin
Abriendo Brecha is an annual conference at the University of Texas at Austin dedicated to activist scholarship; i.e. research and creative intellectual work in alignment with communities, organizations, movements, and networks working for social and economic justice. Abriendo Brecha VIII calls for a renewed discussion on the meanings and practices of activist scholarship, particularly as it relates to solidarity between groups and overcoming power inequalities through alliance. Some themes for this year’s conference include: struggles over land, resource distribution, gentrification, prisons, cross-racial alliance, and immigrant rights.
Abriendo Brecha VIII is a unique opportunity for coalition building across geographic, political, and national spaces, as well as a forum to present engaged academic work in solidarity with communities at the local, national and international level. Solidarity, as a key theme, will both guide submissions as well as structure the nature of the conference. Presentations will consist of action-oriented discussions, panels, interactive workshops, performances, and film. This is an opportunity to meet, exchange experiences, and create local and cross-border connections with others working at the intersections of grassroots organizing and intellectual production.
We welcome the participation of activists, community members, artists, high school students and those not specifically connected to academia. Abriendo Brecha is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by: Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) and Community Engagement Center (CEC).
Co-sponsored by: Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS), South Asia Institute (SAI), Center for East Asian Studies (SEAS), Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS), Center for Asian American Studies (CAAS), Department of Anthropology, Department of History, School of Social Work.