Antiracism, Decolonization, and Intersectionality for Systemic Transformation (ADIST)

This strand promotes conceptual and empirical work to develop and implement a critical, transformative, and sustainable agenda, whose goal is to enact antiracism, decolonization, and intersectionality for systemic change in applied linguistics. The inquiry embraces Indigenous knowledge, antiracist and queer pedagogies, critical disability studies, justice-oriented activism, and re-imagined forms of research. It disrupts systemic racism, settler colonialism, Empire, anti-Blackness, anti-Asianness, antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-LGBTQ freedom, economic disparities, and any number of repressive ideologies and practices observed within applied linguistics and across its transdisciplinary relationships and entanglements. Central questions include (but not limited to): What forces contribute to the low numbers of Black and Brown scholars within applied linguistics, and what can be done to reverse the trend? How can applied linguists of the present and future generations become better prepared to address racism and other forms of injustice in their research, teaching, and service? How can we decolonize language studies and applied linguistics across undergraduate and graduate programs? What challenges do epistemologies from the Global South pose to the White hegemonic knowledge within applied linguistics? Presenters may address these and other relevant questions drawing on diverse research methodologies, epistemologies, or theories.