Department of Anthropology

Abriendo Brecha VIII: Eighth Annual Activist Scholarship Conference

Thu, February 17, 2011

through February 19, 2011 at the Texas Union

Abriendo Brecha is an annual conference at the University of Texas at Austin dedicated to activist scholarship; i.e. research and creative intellectual work in alignment with communities, organizations, movements, and networks working for social and economic justice.  Abriendo Brecha VIII calls for a renewed discussion on the meanings and practices of activist scholarship, particularly as it relates to solidarity between groups and overcoming power inequalities through alliance.  Some themes for this year’s conference include: struggles over land, resource distribution, gentrification, prisons, cross-racial alliance, and immigrant rights.

Abriendo Brecha VIII is a unique opportunity for coalition building across geographic, political, and national spaces, as well as a forum to present engaged academic work in solidarity with communities at the local, national and international level.  Solidarity, as a key theme, will both guide submissions as well as structure the nature of the conference.  Presentations will consist of action-oriented discussions, panels, interactive workshops, performances, and film.  This is an opportunity to meet, exchange experiences, and create local and cross-border connections with others working at the intersections of grassroots organizing and intellectual production.

We welcome the participation of activists, community members, artists, high school students and those not specifically connected to academia. Abriendo Brecha is free and open to the public.

Proposal submission deadline: November 15, 2010.

For proposal instructions and submissions please visit:

Contact with any questions.   

Sponsored by: University of Texas at Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Community Engagement Center

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