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Dear MXRS Community,

There are no answers.

A very simple revelation, no doubt. It is one at which many have already arrived and one with which many might feel quite comfortable. As I discover the ins and outs of the Commons, as I ask questions that bring me to new curiosities of Critical Mixed Race Studies, I am reminded that there are no answers. Here, in the land of multiplicity, in this space where we allow ourselves to sift through the depths of our intersections and challenge what it means to have mixed roots, I am reminded that there are no answers.

The MXRS Commons originated in the mind of Dr. Stephanie Sparling Williams who has gifted me with the opportunity to invite, connect, and arrive at new questions with scholars, activists, and artists of all storytelling media. While my background is in music and performance, I am intrigued by identity: mixed identity, liminal spaces, intersections. The Commons is not a space for answers but active and critical dialogue. It is a space for offering our questions. It is a space for examining Mixed from the left and right, from underneath, from a distance, in a reflection, and every possible way.

In the name of multiplicity and in honor of infinite perspectives, the 2017 MXRS Commons seeks to invite submissions from scholars, activists, and artists in response to the theme for the 2017 Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) Conference, an Exploration of Trans (gender, gressions, migrations, racial) Fifty Years After Loving v. Virginia. While the concept of mixed race has theoretically existed since the concept of race, 1967 is a dog-eared page in this story, ending anti-miscegenation in the United States. Where are we in the story fifty years later? Since then, the story has been made complex with our questions and challenges, like the expansion of trans- identities. Like Mixed, Trans, too, can be examined from the left and right, from underneath, from a distance, in a reflection, and every possible way. This is the vision for the 2017 Commons. Submissions are not limited strictly to these topics, however, we encourage participants to consider how their current work might intersect with the theme.

Thank you for your questions, for lending your voices, for showing us how you see.

Carly Bates

MXRS Commons Editor

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