Abolition Democracy 13/13 Seminar Series Schedule 2020-2021

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Opening with music written and performed by Kenyatta Emmanuel, Robbie Pollock, and Isaias Umali III of the Freedom Trap, poetry by Ian Manuel, and artwork by persons who have been affected by racialized mass incarceration.

with an Introduction to Abolitionism Today by Jindu Obiofuma, Cheryl Wilkins, the Abolition Collective, the Barnard Abolition Collective, and the team at The Digital Abolitionist

and

A “Critical Conversation about Abolitionism” with Ivan Calaff,

Alexis Hoag, and Bruce Western

discussing

Envisioning Abolition Democracy” by Allegra McLeod

6:15-8:45 pm

Columbia University

 

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

with

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Ivan Calaff, Robert Gooding-Williams, Flores Forbes, and Kendall Thomas

Reading and discussing

Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 

by W.E.B. Du Bois

Abolition Democracy: Beyond Prison, Torture, and Empire 

by Angela Davis

This session will open with a reading by Christopher Wolfe of his personal essay: “The most beautifullest thing in this world.”

Columbia University

 

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

with Amna Akbar, Derecka Purnell, Josmar Trujillo, and  Alex Vitale

Reading and discussing

The End of Policing by Alex Vitale

How I Became a Police Abolitionist” by Derecka Purnell

An Abolitionist Horizon for Police (Reform)” by Amna Akbar

6:15-8:45 pm

Columbia University

 

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Artist Dread Scott will open Abolition 4/13 with a presentation on his slave revolt reenactment project and the motivation, planning, and development behind it.

Professors Dennis Childs, Maeve Glass, and Stephanie Jones-Rogers 

will read and discuss

Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary by Dennis Childs

They Were Her Property by Stephanie Jones-Rogers

Venus in Two Acts” by Saidiya Hartman

Partus sequitur ventrem: Law Race, and Reproduction in Colonial Slavery” by Jennifer Morgan

Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery by Joseph P. Reidy

The History of Mary Prince by Mary Prince

Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner

6:15-8:45 pm

Columbia University

 

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

This seminar will open with a performance by singer Theo Bleckmann

Followed by

Professors Amy Allen,  Étienne Balibar, Karuna Mantena and Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Reading and discussing

Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

Critique of the Gotha Programme by Karl Marx

What is Property? by Pierre Joseph Proudhon

12:15 – 2:45 pm EST / 6:15-8:45 pm Paris time

 

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

A Joint Session with the Institute for Social Research at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt:

Opening with a performance by Heartbeat Opera of Breathing Free with presentations by Filmmaker Anaiis Cisco, Director Ethan Heard, and Creative Producer Ras Dia

followed by

Professor Martin Saar and Bernard E. Harcourt

Reading and discussing

State Capitalism: Its Possibilities and Limitations” by Friedrich Pollock

Franz Neumann, Behemoth: The Structure and Practice of National Socialism, 1933–1944 by Franz Neumann (excerpts)

Late Capitalism or Industrial Society?” by Theodor W. Adorno

12:15 – 2:45 pm EST / 6:15-8:45 pm Frankfurt time

One Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse (excerpts).

Behemoth: The Structure and Practice of National Socialism, 1933-1944 by Franz Neumann

 

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

A Joint Session with The Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy at the University of Warwick

Opening with a conversation with playwright Cori Thomas and Adnan Khan on the play

LOCKDOWN

followed by a conversation with

Miguel BeisteguiHenrique Carvalho,

Stuart Elden, Daniele Lorenzini, Goldie Osuri, Irene Dal Poz, and Federico Testa

on

The Punitive Society by Michel Foucault

12:15 – 2:45 pm EST / 5:15-7:45 pm UK time

 

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

with

Lisa Montgomery’s attorney Kelley Henry, death penalty reporter Liliana Segura, trauma psychologist Susannah Sheffer, mother of Joseph Nicols Lee Greenwood, and death penalty attorneys Alexis Hoag and Bernard E. Harcourt discuss the trauma of the death penalty on families of the condemned and the abolition of the federal death penalty

12:15-2:45 pm

Columbia University

 

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

with

Reginald Dwayne Betts and Allegra McLeod

Reading and discussing

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis

Prison Abolition and Grounded Justice” by Allegra McLeod

6:15-8:45 pm

Columbia University

 

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

This seminar will open with a presentation by Tymber Hudson

followed by

a conversation with Professor Dorothy Roberts

on

Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts (excerpts)

Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare by Dorothy Roberts (excerpts)

Prison, Foster Care, and the Systemic Punishment of Black Mothers” by Dorothy Roberts

Abolishing Policing Also Means Abolishing Family Regulation,” by Dorothy Roberts

6:15-8:45 pm

Columbia University

 

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

with Alyssa Battistoni, Daniela Gandorfer, and Reinhold Martin

Reading and discussing

Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime, by Bruno Latour

“Où suis-je?” — Leçons du confinement à l’usage des terrestres (Chapter 1), new book (in French, 2021) by Bruno Latour

Abolish Oil” by Reinhold Martin

Gas Guzzling Gaia, or: A Prehistory of Climate Change Denialism” by Leah Aronowsky

6:15-8:45 pm

Columbia University

 

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

with Professors Seyla Benhabib, Joseph Carens, and Paulina Ochoa Espejo

Reading and discussing

We Refugees” by Hannah Arendt

Migration as Decolonization” by E. Tendayi Achiume

The End of the 1951 Refugee Convention? Dilemmas of Sovereignty, Territoriality, and Human Rights” by Seyla Benhabib

The Ethics of Immigration (chapter 11) by Joseph Carens

6:15-8:45 pm

Columbia University

 

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Opening with a performance by the poet Ian Manuel, author of My Time Will Come

followed by

Katherine Franke, Ian Manuel, Derecka Purnell, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

reading and discussing

What is Owed” by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Annihilation of Caste by B.R. Ambedkar

Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition by Katherine Franke

6:15-8:45 pm

Columbia University