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Jodi Melamed: The Open Secret of Racial Capitalist Violence
WhenFriday, Oct. 19, 2018, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus room120
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsWISIR (Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality & Race), Bridges Center for Labor Studies, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities

How can we explain the open secret of permissible violence for racial capitalist accumulation, in the US and globally? Jodi Melamed (English, Marquette University) argues that we must come to grips with the diffuse and deadly capacities of administrative power to give impunity to racial capitalist violence through seemingly neutral repertoires of ‘democratic’ and ‘technical’ governance. In this talk, she examines administrative violence in terms of settler logistics: the organizing, managing, and coordinating of flows of things (meanings and resources) in order to continuingly materialize infrastructures of “ownership” for those who have taken possession. She discusses the importance of contemporary Native-led and Palestinian-led boycott and divestment actions, which turn the geographic-economic processes underpinning settler logistics and racial capitalisms into vulnerabilities.

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