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UC Berkeley: Lecture on Race and the Apparatus of Disposability

  • MLK Student Union Building - Multicultural Community Center 2495 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)

The Center for Race & Gender Fall 2018 Distinguished Guest Lecture presents ”Race and the Apparatus of Disposability” featuring Sherene H. Razack, Distinguished Professor and the Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Gender Studies, UCLA.

Presentation Overview:

Disposability, a condition written on the body, is a racial project. Populations that stand in the way of the progress of capital accumulation are targeted for disposability and relegated to the realm of “sub-humanity.” Processes of disposability enable white European-ness to prevail. In this paper, I pursue what race has to do with disposability through an examination of the death in custody of a Roma refugee. I end with comments about the connections that can be drawn between the processes of disposability for refugees, African Americans and Canadians and Indigenous peoples who die at the hands of the police. These connections reveal disposability to be a racial and global process orchestrated by states and sustained by professionals (medical, legal, police).

Speaker Bio:
Sherene H. Razack is a distinguished professor and the Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Gender Studies, UCLA. Her books include: Dying From Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody (2015); At the Limits of Justice: Women of Color On Terror (2014, ed. with Suvendrini Perera); States of Race (2011, co-editor with Malinda Smith and Sunera Thobani); Casting Out: Race and the Eviction of Muslims From Western Law and Politics (2008); Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping and the New Imperialism (2004); Looking White People in the Eye (1998).

Co-sponsored by:
Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative
Canadian Studies
HIFIS Diversity and Health Disparities Cluster
Townsend Center for the Humanities
Multicultural Community Center



Earlier Event: November 15
Berkeley: Living Room Conversations
Later Event: November 15
Dublin: Film Screening and Discussion