Speaker Series - Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Friday, April 16, 2021, 03:00pm
Making Abolition Geographies
From Covid-19 to sea-level rise, from neoliberalism to rising fascism, every direction seems obstructed by barriers to self-determination and well-being. But if we look again, using an abolitionist framework, we can see possibilities arising locally, regionally, and internationally. The talk will explore practical work by organized people to meet challenges and rework opportunities for social, environmental, and economic justice. How have modest and extraordinary shifts in symbolic and material resources come into being, combine, and coalesce? Reflecting on lessons learned, I will conclude with a discussion of the role of research in the untidy and urgent tasks that shape consideration -- and reconsideration -- of what is to be done.
Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Graduate Center, CUNY)
Ruth Wilson Gilmore writes about abolition, racial capitalism, organized violence, organized abandonment, changing state structure, the aesthetics and politics of seeing, labor and social movements, and internationalism. She is Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is also Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. Author of the prize-winning Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (UC Press), forthcoming books include Change Everything (Haymarket); Abolition Geography: Essays Toward Liberation (Verso); and (co-edited with Paul Gilroy) Stuart Hall: Selected Writings on Race and Difference (Duke). The Antipode documentary Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore features her internationalist work. She has co-founded many grassroots organizations including California Prison Moratorium Project; Critical Resistance; and Central California Environmental Justice Network. Gilmore is co-recipient (with Angela Y. Davis and Mike Davis) of the 2020 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.