Sunday, November 23, 2014

600 attended the "Global Mixed Race" Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

Photo by Ken Tanabe - closing remarks after the
Mixed Roots Stories Live Performance event Nov 15, 2014


"Global Mixed Race," the 3rd biennial Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, was held at DePaul University in Chicago Nov 13-15, 2014.

A big THANK YOU to the over 600 people who attended Global Mixed Race. Videos of our keynotes and Live Performance showcase are forthcoming. Please visit us on Facebook to see event snapshots. Hi res press photos are available on request. Follow the archive of the event on Twitter #CMRS2014Read a reflection from our Social Media Caucus organizer Sharon H. Chang. Watch Mixed Roots Stories top 3 highlights from each day.

‘Did Somebody Say “Mulatto”? Speaking Critically on Mixed Heritage by A.B. Wilkinson Huffington Poast 11/21/14
‘Global Mixed Race’ conference welcomes scholars, filmmakers to DePaul by Kristin Claes Matthews DePaul Newsline 11/11/14

The CMRS and Mixed Roots team.
Fanshen Cox, Chandra Crudup, me (Laura Kina), and Camilla Fojas.
Photo by Ken Tanabe.

Special thanks to Fanshen Cox and Chandra Crudup of Mixed Roots Stories for organizing arts and cultural programming across the entire conference, including the Nov 15th Live Performance event with Tangled Roots (UK), Tania Canas (Australia), and US performers Fred Sasaski, Elizabeth Liang and Joe Hernandez-Kolski. Photo by Ken Tanabe.
Rebecca Chiyoko King-O'Riain was our featured CMRS keynote
Nov 13, 2104 - "Mixed Race, Transconnectivity and the Global Imagination"

Zeli Asava was our featured Mixed Roots Stories keynote
Nov 14, 2014 - "Mixed Race Representations in Irish Media"

A special thanks to our student workers and CMRS volunteers. Camilla Fojas and I are pictured here with Jaime Ochoa, Victoria Aagunad, and Raymond Preston.

The 2016 conference will be held Nov 10-12, 2016 at University of Southern California and will be hosted by Associate Professor Duncan Ryuken Williams, founder of the Hapa Japan Project and Director of USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. We will continue to partner with Mixed Roots Stories to offer arts and cultural programming. We are moving forward with founding an association. Join our mailing list to stay informed. We anticipate organizing a symposium in 2015 in Ottawa, ON, Canada and a full CMRS conference on the US east coast in 2018. We are currently seeking institutional partners in the UK or Japan to host a CMRS symposium in 2017. Please contact us at if you would like to volunteer.

Paul Spickard Graduate Student Paper Award for Critical Mixed Race Studies

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Paul Spickard Graduate Student Paper Award for Critical Mixed Race Studies. The award aims to support and encourage young scholars in the field of critical mixed race studies. Deadline December 15, 2014. 

Pursue graduate work in Critical Mixed Race Studies under DePaul University’s new 
MA in Critical Ethnic Studies
. DePaul is currently accepting applications for the first cohort of graduate students to begin in Fall of 2015.


The Master of Arts in critical ethnic studies examines the systematic marginalization of racial minorities in the urban United States and the global implication of these structures. Students study how racialized groups use art, culture, political organization and other forms of social citizenship to respond to and counter these forces.
The program takes an interdisciplinary approach – the only one of its kind in the U.S. – in which students take courses across a number of academic departments. Furthermore, DePaul’s Chicago location allows students to take advantage of the city’s rich resources for research and collaboration with non-profit organizations, presenting opportunity to develop community engaged scholarship. Our graduates leave with a broad-based, highly relevant education making them competitive candidates for careers in social justice advocacy, community-based organizing, urban planning, and higher education. 
Contact Camilla Fojas for more info:

The 2014 conference was organized in partnership with DePaul’s Department for Latin American and Latino Studies and the Center for Intercultural Programs, and the non-profit organization Mixed Roots Stories. CMRS 2014 was also co-sponsored by DePaul’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, African Black Diaspora Studies, Art, Media, & Design, Center for Latino Research, Critical Ethnic Studies, Global Asian Studies, Irish Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Dean’s Office of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The conference was also sponsored in part by a grant from the University Research Council.

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