Critical Mixed Race Studies conference 2017
Feb. 24–26, 2017
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
(click on the pic of the performers, right, from the 2014 conference to visit the official CMRS website).
Tangled Roots performed, presented, and exchanged ideas at this meeting in 2014
and it changed our lives!
The very opposite to a dry, academic conference, CMRS is so much more. But don't take our word for it. Here, academic and writer Catherine Goyenechi explains why this is one meet-up you don't want to miss...
As I approached the registration table, I was suddenly overcome with emotion. Tears welled in my eyes, I could feel my heart beat increase, and I experienced a sense of belonging that was entirely new to me. I had met mixed race people before, numerous times, but I was walking into a large crowd of mixed people, an intentional gathering. Everywhere I turned, people were racially ambiguous. I don't think I understood until that moment how long I had gone through life not feeling like I fit in, feeling that others outside my immediate family didn't fully grasp my sometimes confusing but always rich experience. Simply walking into a space filled with others who live in the between as I do was the most validating experience I had ever had. I fully existed in that moment in a way I had not before.
I went through the three day conference taking in everything I absolutely could. I attended as many panels, symposia, and events as I could manage before returning home each night completely overwhelmed with information and exhausted. I met so many kind, fascinating, and brilliant individuals. I wrote down so many names research studies, books I wanted to order, events I wanted to attend, and films to watch. I had finally found a community. Those three days were literally life-changing for me.