"Racial Banishment: A Postcolonial Critique of the Urban Condition in America," Ananya Roy (UCLA), Nicholson Distinguished Scholar Lecture

03/05/2019 - 6:00pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum 600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801

This talk is concerned with processes of racial banishment, which I conceptualize as state-instituted violence against racialized bodies and communities.  Breaking with narratives of neoliberalization, I foreground how dispossession and disposability are being remade in the contemporary American metropolis. Holding in simultaneous view black studies and postcolonial theory, I seek to pinpoint the workings of racial capitalism at both urban and global scales. Such frameworks also make possible the study of imaginations and practices that challenge banishment and insist on freedom. Thinking from postcolonial Los Angeles, I share examples of movements and struggles that work to dismantle the color-lines of the 21st century.