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Racial Banishment: A Postcolonial Critique of the Urban Condition in America

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Co-sponsored by WGGP
Location
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Date
Mar 5, 2019   6:00 pm  
Speaker
Professor Ananya Roy, Director of Center for Democracy and Inequality, UCLA
Cost
Free and open to the public
Contact
Anita Kaiser
E-Mail
arkaiser@illinois.edu
Phone
333-6221
Views
30
Originating Calendar
Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP)

This talk is concerned with processes of racial banishment, which I conceptualize as state-instituted violence against racialized bodies and communities.  Breaking with narratives of neoliberalization, I foreground how dispossession and disposability are being remade in the contemporary American metropolis. Holding in simultaneous view black studies and postcolonial theory, I seek to pinpoint the workings of racial capitalism at both urban and global scales. Such frameworks also make possible the study of imaginations and practices that challenge banishment and insist on freedom. Thinking from postcolonial Los Angeles, I share examples of movements and struggles that work to dismantle the color-lines of the 21st century.

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