The NYU Cultures of War and the Postwar Research Group, in conjunction with the Centre for the Americas and The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast, invite you to an online international seminar series examining the complex relationship between race, class and policing in the Americas.
Recent work on policing has shifted the focus of carceral studies from prisons to the mechanisms that fill them. Abolitionist scholar-activists now include police in their sights as a matter of course. Our keynote speaker, Professor Micol Seigel, takes this broadening vision a step farther to look at another isle of the carceral archipelago—or a submerged crag of the iceberg—that too often evades critical focus.
Micol Seigel is Professor of American Studies and History at Indiana University Bloomington. She is the author of Uneven Encounters: Making Race and Nation in Brazil and the United States (Duke UP, 2009) and editor of Panic, Transnational Cultural Studies, and the Affective Contours of Power (Routledge, 2018). In her most recent book, Violence Work: State Power and the Limits of Police (Duke UP, 2018) she offers a new theorization of the quintessential incarnation of state power: the police. Foregrounding the interdependence of policing, the state, and global capital, Seigel redefines policing as "violence work," showing how it is shaped by its role of channeling state violence.
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