Politics of (Un-)Breathing: Policing Blackness in EuropeMonday, October 4, 2021
12-1:30pm Eastern Time (US) / 6-7:30pm German time
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About the Event
The global protests and mobilization for black lives crystallized around policing, although simultaneously pointing at the broader dimensions of criminalization and control of especially black and other racialized poor folks and communities. The protests unfolded globally very quickly, also in many parts of continental Europe such as Germany, France and Switzerland.
In this talk, we discuss the differential logics of policing in Europe, which are connected to the histories of empire, colonialism and the current conjunctures of racial gendered capitalism. Drawing on Frantz Fanon’s notion of “combat breathing”, black feminist methodologies and activist research with black urban and refugee movements in Europe, resistances and abolitionist horizons are engaged with, horizons that have their local and specific forms of abolitionist practice and can’t be subsumed under a US-centric lens, but are rather part of the transnational dimension of abolition.