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Professor Keisha Khan-Perry “Evictions and Convictions”

March 20, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


This presentation frames Keisha Khan-Perry’s book project in progress, “Evictions and Convictions.” Her book focuses on Black dispossession (loss of land/territorial rights, housing evictions, gentrification, incarceration) as a form of anti-Black violence devastating Black communities. Perry draws from examples in Brazil, Jamaica, and the United States to illustrate how latent and subtle forms of aggression buttress the unequal social order and show how Black women are key political protagonists in the fight against this aggression. She explores the similarities as well as the global mechanisms of gendered racial subjection that challenge narratives of social progress in the United States and Jamacia, and racial democracy in Brazil. Moving between rural and urban spaces, she focuses on how Black women’s politics are deeply connected to resistance against geographic domination as practiced in policing and forced neighborhood removals. The stories of political struggle provide concrete examples of the gendered racial dimensions of state-sanctioned violence transnationally and why Black hemispheric solidarity matters for our collective political work for social justice.

, Room A17


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