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SOCC 2019 : Scholars of Color Conference


When Apr 12, 2019 - Apr 13, 2019
Where Philadelphia, PA, USA
Submission Deadline Dec 21, 2018
Categories    social sciences   technology   medicine   law

Call For Papers

Ways of Knowing

Scholars of Color Conference

April 12-13, 2019 / Temple University / Philadelphia, PA

“Living as we did – on the edge – we developed a particular way of seeing reality. We looked both from the outside in and from the inside out … we understood both.” – bell hooks

The Graduate Students of Color Association and Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color at Temple University are pleased to announce the first annual Scholars of Color Conference (SOCC). This international, interdisciplinary two-day conference is devoted to connecting and celebrating the research of scholars of color.

SOCC welcomes independent and affiliated scholars alike from all fields – including, but not limited to, the humanities and social sciences, STEM, medicine and law. We define a scholar in the most original sense – “one who learns,” from the Ancient Greek skholḗ, meaning conversations and the knowledge gained through them. In an effort to upend elitist notions of knowledge or ways of knowing, we invite all self-identified scholars of color to present and attend SOCC – with special consideration afforded to activists, cultural workers, and leaders from grassroots, community-based organizations. Professional development workshops will also be offered throughout the program.

Our inaugural theme – “Ways of Knowing” – explores what constitutes knowledge, fact versus fiction. How do we know what we know? As scholars of color, we are often accused of bias on the sole basis of our identity politics. Yet, objectivity is a myth. How can we reclaim our positionalities as a source of strength – a composite lens through which to view the world? At SOCC, we gather to support and connect with one another’s scholarship. In weaving a tapestry of diverse experiences and perspectives, we may expand our “ways of knowing.”

Proposals should be submitted here by Friday, December 21, 2018 at 11:59pm EST:

Submission guidelines:

Conference registration is free. To defray travel expenses, SOCC will offer awards to fund students, independent scholars, activists, cultural workers, and leaders from grassroots, community-based organizations. Details to be released in January.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Tukufu Zuberi – Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, and Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, host of History Detectives, writer/producer of African Independence, and curator of the Penn Museum's Africa Gallery.


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