Critical Mixed Race Studies 2017 -Call For Proposals


Link to PDF of CFP.


Submission instructions:
Individual Papers

Topics are not limited to the theme “Explorations in Trans (gender, gressions, migrations, racial) Fifty Years After Loving v. Virginia.” Successful proposals will introduce topics that promote research and debate on Critical Mixed Race Studies topics.

Be prepared to submit your contact information, a bio (500 word limit), paper title, abstract (500 word limit), and your AV needs.


Topics are not limited to the theme “Explorations in Trans (gender, gressions, migrations, racial) Fifty Years After Loving v. Virginia.” Successful proposals will introduce topics that promote research and debate on Critical Mixed Race Studies topics, and present a clear rationale for the papers’ collective goals. Panels generally feature 3-4 participants (15-20 minutes each) followed by a moderated discussion. Panels will be scheduled for 90 minutes.

Be prepared to submit contact information for all participants, including bios (500 word limit), the panel moderator, panel title, panel abstract (500 word limit), paper abstracts for each presenter (500 word limit), and your AV needs.


Unlike panels, which generally feature a sequence of 15-20 minute talks followed by discussion, roundtables gather a group of participants around a shared concern in order to generate discussion among the roundtable participants and the audience. To this end, instead of delivering papers, participants are asked to deliver short position statements in response to questions distributed in advance by the organizer or take turns responding to prompts from the moderator. The bulk of the session should be devoted to discussion. The moderator’s role in maintaining the flow of discussion is particularly critical in the roundtable format, thus the moderator should be selected with attention to this issue. Roundtables will be scheduled for 90 minutes and feature 3-6 presenters.

Be prepared to submit contact information for all participants, including bios (500 word limit), the roundtable moderator, roundtable title, roundtable abstract (500 word limit), presenter position statements (optional) for each presenter (500 word limit each), and your AV needs.


Topics are not limited to the theme “Explorations in Trans (gender, gressions, migrations, racial) Fifty Years After Loving v. Virginia.” Successful proposals will introduce topics that promote research and debate on Critical Mixed Race Studies topics. Posters will be displayed from 1 to 5pm on February 25th and 26th. Posters must be self standing. A trifold presentation board under 60″ wide is suggested. Be prepared to submit your contact information, a bio (500 word limit), poster title, and abstract (500 word limit).

Mixed Roots Stories Artist (performance or video)*

Describe of your presentation piece or video. Please include a link and password (if password protected) to where we can review this piece and/or a sample of your work. (500 word limit)

Be prepared to also submit your contact information, project title, your bio (500 word limit), and AV needs. Please list the full name of any other artists a part of your piece and their email addresses.

Click HERE to apply!

For more information about this and past conferences:

Check out clips from #CMRS2014.


2015 MXRS Retreat

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Mixed Roots Stories team gathered for our annual retreat. We spent two days evaluating where we have been and planning where we want to go.

We spent time looking at our mission and vision and decided it needed slight revising to more accurately represent what we do. This is what we came up with:


Revised Vision

A world that recognizes how it benefits from otherness, one that both celebrates and challenges identity categories in order to create more liberatory possibilities for our collective futures.

Revised Mission

Supporting and advocating for diverse Mixed communities through the power of sharing stories. We seek to act as a liaison, creating space between storytellers across academic and non-academic communities, and international and national contexts.


We began planning for the upcoming CMRS events. We also finalized our plans for this year’s Loving Day online event, and began planning for 2016 and 2017 Loving Day events.

We were excited to have our new board members Kaily Heitz and Stephanie Sparling Williams join us! They bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and energy to the team and are launching new student, community, and organization outreach as well as Arts & Education programing.

The highlight of the retreat was working on a Loving Day Mixed Media project, which was designed by Stephanie. You can join us in Visualizing Loving Day.

Stay tuned for the roll out of this and many other programing to come!

Loving Day Mixed Media Collage Project

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Friends and Followers!

This weekend the MXRS team got together in preparation for our commemoration of Loving Day 2015: Visualizing Loving Day. This year we thought it would be fun to celebrate the radical love of Richard and Mildred Loving, as well as the pivotal Supreme Court Ruling allowing interracial couples to marry by creating a mixed-media collage. Check out what we did and share your own Visualizing Loving Day projects, activities, and stories!


Printed Copy of The Loving’s Story (Print story from : here)

Small Canvas

1 Pack of Sticker Numbers & Letters

1 Tube of Paint in a Color of Your Choice (acrylic works best, but tempora will work too!)

Sponge brush or old dish sponge

Decoupage or Mod-Podge

Glue Stick


Old Magazine

How to:

Step 1: Read the Loving’s Story. If you are doing the project with friends and family members, discuss what this story means for you and why learning their story is important. If you are doing the project with children consider “The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage” by Selina Alko.


Step 2: Cut or tear images, colors, interesting words, and/or textures from the magazine. Collage pieces together with quotes from the Loving’s story and adhere to your canvas using the glue stick. TIP: Concentrate color and meaningful text in the center of the canvas. Bright colors and unique textures work best.


Step 3: Once you are satisfied with your collage, use the Mod-Podge to seal your design. Let this dry completely (at least 20 minutes).



Step 4: Once your collage has dried use the sticker letters to spell “Loving 1967,” or “Loving Day 1967”.


After the stickers are secured to your collage in a place of your choosing, use sponge to dab paint over your collage, covering the letters completely. Let dry.


Step 5: After the paint has completely dried, carefully peel the letters off of the canvas.

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That’s it! Now display your collage momento for friends, family, and guests to see in order to continue the conversation year round!


Happy Loving Day from MXRS!

Be sure to send us pictures of your Loving Day Mixed Media Collages!


Visualizing Loving Day

Loving Day is celebrated every year around June 12th. This year we celebrate 48 years since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision.  Mixed Roots Stories wants to celebrate with YOU!

We are seeking visual submissions that commemorate and celebrate the history of the Lovings and show a vision of what we have learned from the Loving’s that can help us move towards justice today!

It is time to get creative!  Draw, paint, collage, record, build….

Get the kids involved. Read “The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage” by Selina Alko with them and let them celebrate by creating too!

Craft with New Friends. Have a gathering at your house with people you have been wanting to get to know better. The new neighbors. The person at work.  Tell them the Loving Story and create a group collage or painting. Check out this Mixed Media Loving Day collage activity that the Mixed Roots Team did.

Explore Expression with Technology. Create a short video, animation. Get creative digitally.

Send your Visualizing Loving Day submissions to  We need the name of the artist, the medium (i.e. ink drawing, water painting), the title of the piece, and any bio information of the artist you would like us to include. You can submit in the following formats: JPEG, TIFF, GIF, .mov, link, etc .

We will post your Visualizing Loving Day submissions to our gallery in the month of June!

Happy Loving Day!


Mixed Roots Stories goes LIVE at #CMRS 2014

We had a blast at the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference in November of 2014.

KT2014 Live performers with MXRS in bgWe were honored to have such a talented, global cast, for the LIVE event.

Here are some of the clips from the LIVE event on the closing night of the conference!

Note: Mature Language in several of the pieces.

Part 1 – Joe Hernandez-Kolski (with guest Dustin)

Part 2– Joe Hernandez-Kolski

Part 3-Tangled Roots (Katy Massey, Zodwa Nyoni, Lladel Bryant, Adam Lowe)

Part 5-Tania Cañas

Part 6– Fred Sasaki

Part 7 – Joe Hernandez- Kolski

“Mixed Race Representations in Contemporary Irish Cinema”


We were honored to have Dr. Zélie Asava as our Mixed Roots Stories keynote at the 2014 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference.

Dr Zélie Asava is Joint-Programme Director of the BA in Video and Film at Dundalk Institute of Technology, where she teaches courses on film and media theory. She also lectures in UCD Film Studies. Her monograph is entitled “The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Irish Identities on Film and TV” (Peter Lang, 2013). She has published essays in a wide range of journal and essay collections, including: Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture: Tiger’s Tales (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014); Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies (Oxford University Press, 2013);Viewpoints:Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Visual Texts (University of Cork Press, 2013);The Universal Vampire (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013); France’s Colonial Legacies: Memory, Identity and Narrative (University of Wales Press, 2013).

You can view her keynote from the conference below:

You can find a follow up guest blog from Dr. Asava with the links to the videos referenced here.

Mixed Roots Stories Highlight Vlogs from #CMRS2014

At the 2014 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference we documented a few of the Mixed Roots Stories highlights from each day by including them in a vlog every night. You can view the highlights of #CMRS2014 in all 4 vlogs below!


MXRS CMRS 2014 Vlog 1 – The Night Before

MXRS CMRS 2014 Vlog 2 – Day 1

MXRS CMRS 2014 Vlog 3- Day 2

MXRS CMRS 2014 Vlog 4 – Day 3

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for more highlight vlogs from the festival and other Mixed Roots Stories events coming soon! And sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any upcoming events

We look forward to seeing everyone at #CMRS2016 in Southern California!

2014 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference

“Global Mixed Race,” the 3rd biennial Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, will be held at DePaul University in Chicago November 13-15, 2014.


Conference Description: Global Mixed Race, the third biennial Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, will be hosted at DePaul University in Chicago, November 13th-15th, 2014. It will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines around the world to facilitate a conversation about the transnational, transdisciplinary, and transracial field of Critical Mixed Race Studies.

We are looking forward to presentations addressing this year’s theme by:

– tracing the history and historiography of mixed race in academic, popular, and legal discourses in a global context;

– identifying and measuring the impact of global migration, settlement, and sociocultural encounter and interaction on these mixed-race histories and historiographies;

– encouraging broad, interdisciplinary debate connecting different historical periods and seemingly disparate or far-flung regions of the world, such as comparative racial ideology in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia or the study of comparative anti-miscegenation laws.

Mixed Roots Stories logoMixed Roots Stories is partnering with Critical Mixed Race Studies in bringing arts and cultural programming to the 2014 conference. In addition to three full days of peer-reviewed scholarly panels and round tables and a featured CMRS keynote speaker, arts and cultural programming will be offered each conference day along with two featured evening events – Friday, November 14th keynote talk/night of short films and Saturday, November 15th live performance event.

The 2014 conference is 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 is also co-sponsored by DePaul’s Office of Institutional Diversity and EquityAfrican Black Diaspora StudiesArt, Media, & DesignCenter for Latino Research, Critical Ethnic Studies, Global Asian StudiesIrish StudiesLGBTQ StudiesWomen’s and Gender Studies, and the Dean’s Office of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The conference is also sponsored in part by a grant from the University Research Council.

 Conference registration is free, compliments of DePaul University, however, registration is still required. You are highly encouraged to register early, but “day-of,” or “walk-in,” registration will also be permitted.
Register here:

Preferred Conference Hotels: The conference will be held in the DePaul Student Center located at 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL For your convenience, we have selected four nearby boutique hotels as the official conference hotels. Be sure to CALL and ask for the “CMRS2014″ or “DePaul” hotel discount.
CMRS2014_Preferred Conference Hotels

Download the CMRS 2014 Schedule (accurate as of 10-2-14).
The final schedule will be posted after Oct 17, 2014 and printed copies will be available at the conference.

CMRS 2014 Event Flyer

Schedule at a Glance

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014 – DePaul University Student Center 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL
8:00am-5:00pm Registration
8:45-9:30am Opening Remarks
9:45-11:15am Session One
11:30am-1:00pm Session Two
1:00-2:15pm Lunch/Caucus Meetings
2:15-3:45pm Session Three
4:00-5:30pm Session Four
5:45-7:15pm Keynote address: Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain “Mixed Race, Transconnectivity, and the Global Imagination”

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 – DePaul University Student Center 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL
8:00am-5:00pm Registration
9:00-10:30am Session One
10:45am-12:15pm Session Two
12:30-1:45pm Lunch/Caucus Meetings
12:30-5:15pm Information Fair
1:45-3:15pm Session Three
3:30-5:00pm Session Four
5:15-7:00pm MIXED ROOTS STORIES: Keynote address by Zélie Asava “The Black Irish Onscreen”; short film screenings

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014 – DePaul University Student Center 2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL
8:00am-12:00pm Registration
9:00-10:30am Session One
10:45am-12:15pm Session Two
12:15-1:30pm Lunch/Caucus Meetings/Journal of CMRS and Business Meeting
12:15-5:00pm Information Fair
1:30-3:00pm Session Three
3:15-4:45pm Session Four
5:00-6:30pm MIXED ROOTS STORIES: Live Performance Event

Schedule Highlights
CMRS Featured Keynote Speaker Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:45-7:15
Rebecca Chiyoko King O"Riain
“Mixed Race, Transconnectivity and the Global Imagination”
Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain
 is Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, National University Ireland Maynooth. Her research interests are: “race/ethnicity, multiraciality, Asian Americans, beauty pageants, gender, children, migration and the globalization of love.” She is the author of Pure Beauty: Judging Race in Japanese American Beauty Pageants (Minnesota, 2006) and co-editor, along with Stephen Small, Minelle Mahtani, Paul Spickard, and Miri Song, of Global Mixed Race (New York University Press, 2014).

Mixed Roots Stories Featured Keynote Speaker and Short Film Screening Friday, November 14, 2014 5:15-7:00pm
Zelie Asava
“Mixed Race Representations in Contemporary Irish Cinema”
Zélie Asava
 is Joint Programme Director of Video and Film at Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland. Her research covers issues of race, gender and sexuality in Irish, French, American and African screen culture. She is the author of The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities in Irish Film and TV, (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013).

Friday Night Featured Shorts:
America in Red and Black
America in Red and Black: Stories of Afro-Native Identity (2006), by Alicia S. Woods
This intimate film follows six Afro-native Americans from around the U.S., as they reflect upon the personal and complex issues of Native and African heritage, ethnic identity, and racism within communities of color.

The Happiest Person in America
The Happiest Person in America (2013), by Sara Israel
Set at the cultural intersection of American Judaism and the Asian American experience, The Happiest Person In Americais a whimsical, slyly insightful, and ultimately bittersweet tale of what we lose and what we gain throughout our lives, and how those transactions affect our identities—even while we must acknowledge that there are aspects of each of us that are immutable.

For The Love Of UnicornsFor the Love of Unicorns (2014), by Genevieve Erin O’Brien
At the heart, this a short film about queer utopia, Asian/American utopia, and mixed race utopia.  The young girl, Kylan, represents the hope that when we speak out and organize, one day, we can live in a queer utopian world where, even though everyone’s unicorn may look different, they can all dance together under a glittery rainbow.

Negro: A Docu-Series About Latino Identity
Negro: A Docu-Series about Latino Identity (2013), by Dash Harris
Negro is a docu-series exploring identity, colonization, racism and the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean and the color complex among Latinos. Through candid interviews from Latinos, the social manifestations and consequences of the deep-seated color complex is deconstructed.

Mixed Match
Mixed Match trailer (2014), by Jeff Chiba Stearns
Mixed Match is an inspirational, emotional, and evocative feature-length documentary that explores the need to find mixed ethnicity bone marrow and cord blood donors to donate to multiethnic patients suffering from life threatening blood diseases such as leukemia.  This live action and animated film is a dramatic journey focusing on the main characters’ struggles to survive against incredible odds.

Mixed Roots Stories Live Performance Showcase Saturday, November 15, 2014 5:00-6:30pm
Joe Hernandez Kolski
Joe Hernández-Kolski
“Cultural Collisions”
Originally from Chicago, Joe Hernández Kolski – a two time HBO Def Poet – is an in demand actor/poet/comedian, known for live performances that are hard hitting, truthful and incredibly funny. As a stand-up comedian/poet, he travels to colleges performing his two shows “Refried Latino Pride” and “Cultural Collisions.” He also runs an open-mic for high school performers called Downbeat 720 – and received an Emmy as producer/host of the televised version.  For more:

Elizabeth LiangElizabeth Liang
“Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey”
Elizabeth Liang was raised in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Morocco, Egypt, and Connecticut as a Guatemalan-American business brat of Chinese-Spanish-Irish-French-German-English descent. Her show ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey, has begun its international tour. She co-hosts the podcast “Hapa Happy Hour,” leads a workshop on solo show writing and writes for

Fred SasakiFred Sasaki
“How to Hafu it All: Three Easy Steps to 100%”
Fred Sasaki is art director for Poetry magazine, a gallery curator for the Poetry Foundation, founding organizer of the Printers Ball, and co-founder of Homeroom Chicago’s “101″ lecture series. With his son and late father he is the author of the zine series, FRED SASAKI’S & FRED SASAKI’S FOUR PAGER GUIDE TO: HOW TO FIX YOU.

Tania Canas
Tania Canas
Tania Canas is the Arts Director at RISE Refugee, Australia’s first aid and advocacy organisation to be run and governed by refugees, asylum seekers and ex-detainees ( She is a second year PhD student at the University of Melbourne, and sits on the Editorial Board for the International PTO Academic Journal. Her one-scene monologue script “Untouchable” was published with Currency Press Australia 2013. For more:

Tangled RootsTangled Roots
Lladel Bryant, Adam Lowe, Katy Massey, Zodwa Nyoni
Four strangers meet on a train and share their stories. Have they more in common than they think? A live performance of true stories from the Tangled Roots Book of True Life Tales. Conceived by Dr. Katy Massey, adapted by Zodwa Nyoni and directed by The Cast. Tangled Roots is a programme of performance, workshops and books celebrating mixed race families in the UK.
For more:


Feature Films:
Not Quiete WhiteThurs, Nov 13 4:00-5:30pm Silk Road Rising presents Not Quite White: Arabs, Slavs, and the Contours of Contested Whiteness(2012, 24 min 8 sec) directed by Jamil Khoury and Stephen Combs – screening and talk back session with Jamil Khoury.
A documentary film that explores the complicated relationship of Arab and Slavic immigrants to American notions of whiteness.

Finding Samuel Lowe
Fri, Nov 14, 3:15-5:00pm Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China (2014, 1 hour 28 min) – screening and Q&A with the executive producer Paula Williams Madison. Family transcends race, space, and time. Three successful black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage while searching for clues about their long-lost grandfather, Samuel Lowe. Their emotional journey spans from Toronto to Jamaica to China, reuniting them with hundreds of Chinese relatives they never imagined existed.

A Lot Like You
Sat, Nov 15, 10:45am-12:15pm A Lot Like You, (2012, 82 min) directed by Eliaichi Kimaro. Join the director for a round table discussion “Mixed Experiences on Screen” on Thurs, Nov 13 9:45-11:15am along with Jeff Chiba Stearns (Mixed Match), Megumi Nishikura (Hafu), and our Mixed Roots Stories keynote Zelie Asava.
Eliaichi Kimaro is a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When her retired father moves back to Tanzania, Eliaichi begins a project that evocatively examines the intricate fabric of multiracial identity, and grapples with the complex ties that children have to the cultures of their parents. A Lot Like You raises questions about the cultures we inherit and the cultures we choose to pass down, and reveals how simply bearing witness to another’s truth telling can break silences that have lasted lifetimes.


CMRS Conference organizer:
Camilla Fojas, Professor Latin American and Latino Studies and Vincent de Paul Professor
phone: (773) 325-4994

Mixed Roots Stories and arts programming contact and CMRS co-organizer:
Laura Kina, Professor Art, Media, & Design and Vincent de Paul Professor
phone: (773) 325-4048
For more information on Mixed Roots Stories visit:
Or contact the co-organizers Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni or Chandra Crudup at