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Black in Geography: Blackness and Policing

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  • UserDr. Wangui Kimari and Dr. Adam Elliot-Cooper
  • ClockThursday 19 May 2022, 16:00-17:30
  • HouseZoom.

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Please join us for the next session in the Black in Geography student-led seminar series, on Blackness and Policing.

The seminar takes place Thursday 19 May at 4pm BST on Zoom. We will share the Zoom link closer to the time.

The history of policing is bound up with the history of colonisation, and coloniality in the present. Policing techniques were central to imperial rule, with colonisers optimising carceral technologies and then exporting these to regimes and regions around the world. An international trade in policies, practices and weapons continues to shape contemporary policing.

At the same time, the history of policing is also a history of Black resistance. Black people – and in particular Black women – have played a central role in struggles against carcerality and policing. With visions of police abolition at the heart of movements for social justice, this session explores the global geographies of policing and Black resistance. How is policing across the world still marked by colonial logics? And how have different Black collectives and communities successfully fought back?

Our panel features two leading academics whose work examines these questions.

Dr. Wangui Kimari is an anthropologist whose work draws on many local histories and theoretical approaches in order to think through urban spatial management in Nairobi from the vantage point of its most marginalized residents. She is also the participatory action research coordinator for the Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC), a community-based organization in Mathare, Nairobi, and an editorial board member of the online publication Africa Is a Country.

Dr. Adam Elliott-Cooper is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London. He is the author of Black Resistance to British Policing (Manchester University Press, 2021).

We look forward to seeing many of you there.

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