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The Architects of Contemporary Abolitioinism: George Jackson, Angela Davis, and Michel Foucault

Monday, March 18, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Robert Sutherland Hall
Room: 202
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Abstract: The political theories and activism of George Jackson, Angela Davis, and Michel Foucault shaped abolitionist critiques of policing and mass incarceration in the 20th century and the popularization of prison/police abolitionism in the 21st century. This talk explores their ideological spectrum of abolitionism, filtered through academia and advocacy democracy, to examine the pragmatic contributions and contradictions of contemporary prison reform and revolutionary politics in the US.

Joy James professor at Williams College, and the author of "Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics"; "Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals"; "Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender and Race in U.S. Culture". James is completing a book on the prosecution of 20th-century interracial rape cases, tentatively titled “Memory, Shame & Rage.” She has contributed articles and book chapters to journals and anthologies addressing feminist and critical race theory, democracy, and social justice.

This event is generously sponsored by the Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship Series, and co-organized by the Cultural Studies Graduate Programme, the Gender Studies Department and the Department of Philosophy at Queen's University.

Childcare will be provided at this event. Please email to register your child/ren or if you have any questions.

Yasmine Djerbal
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