Studies in National and International Development


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Solidarity Blues: From Surplus Labour to Surplus Labourers in the Plantation-Plant-to-Prison Pipeline

David Austin

Dept of Humanities, Philosophy, and Religion, John Abbott College, Montreal

THURSDAY, MARCH 12th, 2015

Drawing on the work Richard Iton, Saiddiya Hartman, and Fred Moten, among others, this talk will critically engage conventional left discourse and critical race theory and probe the convergence of race and class in a “post-racial” world. Can we in fact speak of a post-racial society in light of a growing black prison population and a disenfranchised labour force? And what do the contemporary politics of dispossession tell us about the prospects of freedom?

David Austin

About the Speaker: David Austin is the author of Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex and Security in Sixties Montreal, winner of the 2014 Casa de las Americas Prize for Caribbean Literature in English or Creole, and editor of You Don't Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of CLR James. He has also produced radio documentaries on CL.R. James and Frantz Fanon for CBC's Ideas.

He currently teaches in the Humanities, Philosophy,and Religion Department at John Abbott College in Montreal.