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CALL FOR PAPERS The Caribbean Law Review (Volume 20: Issue 1, 2022) Theme: Racialisation and Racism: Pillars or Perversions of the Law?
The Caribbean Law Review, Volume 20: Issue 1 (2022)
Theme: ‘Racialisation and Racism: Pillars or Perversions of the Law?’
  1. Concept
Race is a central motif in the Caribbean, the Americas, and the world, paradoxically both a hyper-visible and hidden fulcrum. It is significant across scales, shaping the internal organisation of societies, the relationships between states, and the organisation of the global order. For its part, law is a central device in the constitution and transformation of these relations across scales. Despite the ubiquity of race in lived experiences and the rich tradition of interrogating race in the academy, analyses of the relationship between racialisation, racism, and the law are uncommon.
 In our forthcoming issue—Racialisation and Racism: Pillars or Perversions of the Law? —the Caribbean Law Review will explore the role of law in the constitution, thwarting, and transformation of racism. Where do we locate the law in these practices? Does it sit above, below, or between systems of racialisation and racism? Is racialisation an anthropological, legal, economic, or epistemological process? Is it all of them? How do legal scholars theorise racism, and how do we connect it to other isms? Pragmatically, how may engagement with race transform questions of policy, law-making, and legislative design or, more generally, how we do law?
To provide a broader sense of law’s relationship to issues of race, we invite reflections on these themes. Our preference is for contributions from scholars who share our two premises. First, they recognise that law and race are co-constituted, and, second, they believe in interdisciplinarity in their engagement with the topic. We will consider all submissions that excavate law’s relationship to race, and are especially interested in submissions that touch upon the law’s relationship to:
  • Law and Practices / Processes of Racialisation
  • Law, Racism, and Epistemology
  • Law and Racial Capitalism
  • Law in / as (Anti-) Racist Struggle
Law, Race, and Post-Colonial Theory

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