Registration Open!

Registration for REA2018 is now open and early-bird pricing is in effect until mid-September. Register now!

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Proposal deadline extended to May 15th

Please note that we have extended the deadline for responding to our Call for Proposals to May 15th.

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Beyond Normativity: A Response from Europe

I wanted to share this response from Monique van Dijk-Groeneboer and Ina ter Avest to my blog post of this past November. …Kathy


In her blog Kathy Winings writes: “Unfortunately we have no models within the larger arena to guide us in moving beyond white normativity.” In our pre-REA meeting in Utrecht, March 7-9, we (Michal Opatrny Natascha Kienstra Ozlem Atay, Duncan Wielzen, Julia Ipgrave, Silke Leonhard, Peter Schreiner, Cok Bakker, Monique Van Dijk-Groeneboer, Ina ter Avest) discovered that – although there are no guidelines available – we could learn from each others’ failures to move beyond white normativity. Reframing our question (from: best practices, to: poor practices) moved us beyond powerlessness, since we learned from each other what definitely would NOT help us any further.

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Share our REA2018 meeting flyers

Plans continue for our next annual meeting to be held November 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Reston near Washington, DC. We now have two versions of a flyer that you can download and print, or send to friends and colleagues electronically.

This is a great way to start a conversation about our organization, and invite people to join us for the meeting.

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Welcome to the Blog: Let’s Get Started

Welcome to the REA Annual Meeting 2018 blog. As announced in St. Louis at REA Annual Meeting 2017, the theme for the REA2018 is “Beyond White Normativity: Creating Brave Spaces.” I want to encourage you to participate in this blog throughout the year as a direct way to exchange thoughts on white normativity and your own experiences in creating brave spaces in preparation for REA2018. Take this time to think about this theme and how it impacts the context of your work, research and life experiences. In this way, we can begin to see the numerous and diverse ways in which white normativity is interwoven into the heart of the global challenges we are witnessing. This includes not only the challenges of racism as seen throughout the United States, but also the xenophobia around the influx of migrants and refugees throughout Western and Eastern Europe, the rhetoric of fear used by nationalist candidates for political office in France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, the limited access to power by the First Nations People in Canada and the debate on the redress of past wrongs committed against them, the treatment of the aboriginals in Australia,  and the treatment of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to highlight a few. Issues of sexism and discriminatory behaviors also fall under the umbrella of white normativity, as does the colonialist mindset of multinational companies working in what they might call the “third” world nations.

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Welcome to the REA2018 website

This website is being launched in time to share with members at REA2017. Please remember that everything here is still in draft form until the REA Board meets and approves the theme and call. Feel free to let us know of any issues you see with the site any time.

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