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Sequelae: Blackness, Violence, Gender and Time

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 10, 2018. 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Building 50, Room 51a
Workshop: 
Concerning Violence: A Decolonial Collaborative Research Group
Meeting Description: 

We will discuss Professor Smith's current work on the global gendered necropolitical logic of anti-Black state violence across the Americas. The gendered necropolitics of trans-American anti-Black violence is expansive and includes the direct, immediate death of Black people and the lingering, slow death caused by sequelae. Although state terror often results in the immediate physical death of young Black men, it is principally, yet tacitly, performed for Black women and impacts Black women disproportionately. The discussion will center around the question on how Black mothers in Brazil and the United States respond to anti-Black state violence. Please RSVP in order to receive an electronic copy of the piece we will be discussing by emailing Jameelah Morris at morrisji@stanford.edu.

Christen Smith got her PhD at Stanford University and is now associate professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her work primarily focuses on transnational anti-Black police violence, Black liberation struggles, the paradox of Black citizenship in the Americas, and the dialectic between the enjoyment of Black culture and the killing of Black people. Her book, Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence and Performance in Brazil, uses the lens of performance to examine the immediate and long-term impact of police violence on the Black population of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and the grassroots movement to denounce and end this violence. Her more recent, comparative work examines the lingering, deadly impact of police violence on Black women in Brazil and the United States.
 

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