The future of whiteness: masterclass for HDR students and ECRs

Presenter/s: Professor Linda Martín Alcoff

Event type: Masterclass

Event date: Wednesday, 2 September 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Event venue: Coombs Extension Room 1.04, ANU

Presented by the Department of Gender, Media and Cultural Studies with the support of the Gender Institute.

Visiting Professor Linda Martín Alcoff will be holding a masterclass for postgraduate students and early career researchers.

In conjunction with participants she will explore the following: Is racism constitutive of white identity? If we imagine this to be the case, does it eclipse the scope of future transformations of white identity, making any positive transformation literally unimaginable? What are the future possibilities for white identity? This is not just an effort at prediction, as if whiteness is some natural phenomena we can only observe from a distance. Whiteness is an identity born of both history and current practices, so the question of the future is a question about what we should do now, a question constrained in turn by what we can do now. Thus, we will begin with an exploration of what whiteness is, now, in order to understand the limits and obstacles to revisioning or refashioning whiteness. 

Coombs Extension Room 1.04, ANU 

If you are interested in participating, please email a couple of paragraphs setting out your research and why you are interested in attending to

Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, and Acting Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is a past President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division. Her writings have focused on social identity, gender and race, epistemology and politics, sexual violence, Foucault, Dussel, and Latino issues in philosophy. She has written, co-written, edited and co-edited thirteen books, including: Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self (Oxford 2006), which won the Frantz Fanon Award for 2009; Singing in the Fire: Tales of Women in Philosophy (Rowman and Littlefield 2003); Identity Politics Reconsidered co-edited with Michael Hames-Garcia, Satya Mohanty and Paula Moya (Palgrave, 2006). She is originally from Panama, but lives today happily in Brooklyn. For more info go to


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