From Racial Capitalism to Prison Abolitionism: a BISR Teach-In

Friday, June 26, 2020 - Saturday, June 27, 2020

Online Event


Event of Note:

As protests continue to convulse the nation in the wake of the racist killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd, among countless others, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research is organizing a two-day teach-in, free and open to the public, in which BISR faculty will explore issues and concepts that directly address, or help contextualize, the crisis of American racism, criminal justice, and dispossession.

Taking place Thursday and Friday, June 25th and 26th (12-6pm), and streaming live on the BISR Facebook page, the teach-in will feature BISR faculty Nara Roberta Silva, Anthony Alessandrini, Patrick Blanchfield, Raphaele Chappe, Danya Glabau, and Ajay Singh Chaudhary, each teaching, in turn, on topics ranging from racial capitalism to policing to race and technology to political violence to prison abolitionism. Faculty will teach from specific texts, which viewers can access and read in advance by RSVPing below. 

The event is free to attend and can be viewed, at the below mentioned times, on the BISR Facebook page.


12-2pm | What is Racial Capitalism? | Nara Roberta Silva
Reading: Preface and Introduction of Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (UNC) by Cedric J. Robinson (with the preface written by Robin D.G. Kelley)

2-4pm | A Short Course on Neoliberalism | Raphaele Chappe and Ajay Singh Chaudhary
Reading: Chapter 2 of Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown (Verso) by Philip Mirowski

4-6pm | American Policing | Patrick Blanchfield
Reading: TBA

12-2pm | Understanding Political Violence | Ajay Singh Chaudhary
Readings: Chapter 1 of The Wretched of the Earth (Grove Press) by Frantz Fanon and chapter 1 of The Concept of the Political (Chicago) by Carl Schmitt

2-4pm | Race, Technology, and Biopolitics | Danya Glabau and Shimrit Lee (discussant)
Readings: Pantopticism chapter of Discipline and Punish (Penguin) by Michel Foucault, chapter 3 of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (Duke) by Simone Brown, and “Racial Fictions, Biological Facts: Expanding the Sociological Imagination through Speculative Methods” by Ruha Benjamin (published in Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience (issue 2, volume 2))

4-6pm | Prison Abolitionism | Anthony Alessandrini
Reading and Podcast: Chapters 1, 4, 5, and 6 of Are Prisons Obsolete? (Seven Stories Press) by Angela Davis and Intercepted Podcast: Ruth Wilson Gilmore Makes the Case for Abolition