Beyond white virtue: reflections on the first decade of critical race and whiteness studies in the Australian academy

Nicoll, Fiona (2014) Beyond white virtue: reflections on the first decade of critical race and whiteness studies in the Australian academy. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 10 2: 1-19.

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Author Nicoll, Fiona
Title Beyond white virtue: reflections on the first decade of critical race and whiteness studies in the Australian academy
Journal name Critical Race and Whiteness Studies
ISSN 1838-8310
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 10
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This article undertakes two related tasks. Firstly, it provides one account of the origins of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association ACRAWSA) in 2003 and considers some of its significant events, publications and relationships. Secondly, it reflects on the survival of critical race and whiteness studies(CRWS) in the cultural space of the neo-liberal university. The arguments of three critical race and whiteness studies scholars are used to support me on this journey. To understand the challenges of thinking, speaking and writing critically about matters of race and whiteness, I draw on David Theo Goldberg’s distinction between anti- racism and anti-racialism in The Threat of Race (2009). I draw on Sara Ahmed’s study On Being Included (2012) to explain an increasing disarticulation between an anti- racist politics centred on equality—on the one hand—and ‘diversity’ talk and practice —on the other. The last part of the talk turns to the matter of Indigenous sovereignty, drawing on a key concept from the work of ACRAWSA’s founding president, Aileen Moreton-Robinson. I argue that ACRAWSA’s focus on everyday manifestations of the “possessive investment in patriarchal white sovereignty” (2011) have provided intellectual and ethical resilience in the face of the neo-liberal university’s radically individualising trajectory. I conclude with a call to scholars working within CRWS to resist the gendered temptation of white virtue as we enter the Association’s second decade.
Keyword Race
Whiteness
Everyday life
Academia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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