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Asian North American Religion, Culture and Society Unit and Religion, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism Unit

Call for Proposals

Asian American Settler Colonialism and Climate Change

Kyle Whyte, the Potawatomi scholar-activist, describes climate change as an “intensified form of colonialism,” where the settler state sustains and replicates itself through militarization and industrialization, both extractive structures of labor and resources. Climate change conversations in this vein have predominantly focused on the tensions between European settlers and indigenous communities. However, Asian American studies scholars have also tended to issues of settler colonialism in relation to Asian settlers and Native Hawaiians (Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Okamura), to Asian American racial formation in the creation of the US settler state (Iyko Day), and representative tensions between Asian American and indigenous communities (Quynh Nhu Le). We invite papers on Asian American settler colonialism and climate change, especially tied to religious formation and material realities, including but not limited to:

  • Identifying the critical questions at hand in making the connections between Asian American religious communities as settler communities, and climate change, relying on historical, theoretical, literary, or ethnographic analyses;
  • Offering an analysis of the theological logics that undergird Asian American settler colonialism , and whether these logics are replicated across diverse Asian American religious communities;
  • Providing a case study of a collaboration between indigenous-Asian American religious communities, identifying the shared goals at hand (and whether or not they address climate change), as well as challenges and potential possibilities for cross-community solidarities



Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection