What ties together Palestinian checkpoints, the end of public housing in New Orleans, Roma dispossession in Eastern Europe, and power blackouts in the wake of Hurricane Maria's destruction of Puerto Rico? Professor Kevon Rhiney joined Naomi Klein (Journalism), Jasbir Puar (Women's and Gender Studies), and Ethel Brooks (Sociology) for a roundtable discussion on disaster capitalism in the wake of these and related disasters for a packed house in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers on November 29th, 2018.
Building on Naomi Klein's labelling of the conjoint influences of economic restructuring, neoliberal policy, and natural hazards under the framework of disaster capitalism, the panelists pushed for an understanding of socio-economic catastrophe attentive to the perils of political extremism, climate denialism, and racial violence. A broad group of students and members of the public in the audience asked questions about making the demands of climate justice more urgently felt in national contexts where political leadership has displayed a willingness to allow natural and economic hazards to continuously fall upon the poorest and most marginalized.
The flyer for this original event can be viewed here: https://geography.rutgers.edu/news-events/past-events/icalrepeat.detail/2018/11/29/424/-/disaster-capitalism-palestine-puerto-rico-and-beyond