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Dylan Rodriguez, “The Illiteracy of ‘Mass Incarceration’: Racial Terror and the Insurgent Poetics of Evisceration”

Dylan Rodríguez is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. He is the author of two books: Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition (University of Minnesota Press, 2009). A central concern animates Prof. Rodriguez’s work: how do the historical logics of racial genocide permeate our most familiar systems of state violence, cultural production, institutionalized knowledge, liberation struggle, and social identity? How do ordinary people (including scholars) inhabit racial genocide—make sense of it, narrate it, suffer it, and revolt against it? Prof. Rodríguez’s most recent and current thinking examines how the genocidal and proto-genocidal logics of social liquidation, cultural extermination, physiological evisceration, and racist terror become normalized features of everyday life in different historical periods, up to and including the “post-civil rights” and “post-racial” moments.

This event is a part of the “Mass Incarceration and the Carceral State” Series, an initiative supported by Humanities Writ Large.

Details

Date:
September 16, 2015
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Venue

0012 Westbrook Hall