Webinar: The Continuing Unmattering of Black Lives. On the ongoing protests against the logics of lynching

Recently, Kimberlé Crenshaw argued that the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery show how ”the violence of the past is the violence of the present”. Since then, the deaths of George Floyd (USA) and Regis Korchinski-Paquet (Canada), have resulted in Black protests that are now going global.

At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has also been weaponized against Black people, the disregard for Black lives is thrown into extra sharp relief. Activists and intellectuals repeatedly point to the deeper history of state-sanctioned, gratuitous violence against Black people: lynching. While this connection is not recent, protesting the logics of this slow form of antiblack genocide entails an important refusal to be silenced by dominant discourse.

In this CEMFOR webinar, three Black Studies scholar convene to discuss the continuing unmattering of Black lives and the current wave of protests in the USA and Canada.

To participate in the webinar, register your name and email address to daniel.strand@cemfor.uu.se.


• Ylva Habel (chair) is Assistant Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University, and affiliated to CEMFOR. Her research draws on black studies and postcolonial, critical race and whiteness studies, specifically revolving around the affective economy of Swedish, colorblind discourses connected to welfare values.

• Christopher Paul Harris is a Postdoctoral Fellow in History at the Department of African American studies at Northwestern University. Harris’s research explores how contemporary forms of Black politics, culture, and performance contest and reshape a range of political, social, and cultural norms across the Black Diaspora.

• Jasmine Kelekay is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and at CEMFOR, Uppsala University. Kelekay's work examines the relationship between racialization and criminalization, with a particular focus on constructions of Blackness and the institutionalized social control of Black communities across the African diaspora.

När: 5 juni 2020 15:00 - 5 juni 2020 17:00

Var: / Digital

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