Emergent Horizon: NAASN 2019
This year’s conference theme, “Emergent Horizons,” invites thought and discusion that critically examines, expounds, and encourages projects of world building and social transformation. Horizons are both the limit of perception and the referential lines that orient movement and geography. In the same manner, projects of social and political change have aspirational goals of building new worlds and new realities.
In following this theme, this year’s conference invites us to think through and beyond the limits of what we as scholars, activists, and militants perceive of and comprehend as revolutionary struggle in the past, present, and future. How is resistance and resilience taking shape? What are the contours of the world we live in? How can we expand our perceptions and practices to shape our present and imagine our futures? In short, what is on the horizon?
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Land acknowledgement/anti-colonial statement:
The city of Atlanta and the rest of so called North Georgia is land stolen by settler colonialists starting on a permanent basis in the 1730s. Before the settlers, historically north Georgia was part of the Mississippian Culture. By the time of settler arrival the Indigenous peoples living here were the Creek people and Cherokee people.
The two peoples were gradually pushed out by the settlers and this came to a head in 1829 with the discovery of gold in Dahlonega, Georgia and the subsequent mass arrival of new settlers seeking gold. By 1831 the Trail of Tears began. This infamous ethnic cleansing of North Georgia saw many Indigenous peoples forcefully moved off their lands to Oklahoma.
The NAASN 2019 collective feels it is important to address the past and the present day violence of settler colonial occupation in the work that we do to disrupt the logic of US nation state hegemony.