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

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Center for African Studies
Location
Knight Auditorium
Date
Mar 5, 2019   6:00 pm  
Speaker
Professor Ananya Roy
Cost
Free and open to the public.
Contact
Angela Williams
E-Mail
aswillms@illinois.edu
Phone
217-244-5939
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Originating Calendar
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This talk is concerned with processes of racial banishment, which Professor Roy conceptualizes as state-instituted violence against racialized bodies and communities. Breaking with narratives of neoliberalization, she foregrounds how dispossession and disposability are being remade in the contemporary American metropolis. Holding in simultaneous view black studies and postcolonial theory, she seeks 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, she shares examples of movements and struggles that work to dismantle the color-lines of the 21st century.

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