PROGRAM

NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, ANTHROPOLOGY SECTION
2018-2019 DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES:

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO EQUALITY?
CONSIDERATIONS OF WHY INEQUALITIES COME TO SEEM GLOBAL AND INEVITABLE.

Sherina Feliciano-Santos University Of South Carolina (Linguistic Anthropology)

 

The escalation of violence by police is often justified as being based on split-second decisions where a law enforcement official’s perception of threat is posited as sufficient warrant for their behavior. While such justifications are posed as rational and equitable, recent events have made explicit a pattern of bias in violence against unarmed black and brown subjects. This begs three interrelated questions, what is it about the experience of fear and threat that seems self-evident in the context of some racialized bodies? What is it about ideologies regarding fear that justifies violence? How does a discourse of fear naturalize and perpetuate racialized inequalities?

Drawing on the analysis of body- and dash-cam footage of Driving Under the Influence stops and ethnographic research of the legal system in the U.S. South, this presentation considers how racist ideologies become experienced as fear, anxiety, and rage, impacting how the bodily movements, speech, and non-verbal gestures of already marginalized subjects become interpreted as signs of violence and threat in routine police stops and arrests. By looking at how a racialized gaze and the emotions it generates reproduce inequality and sustain violence, these findings expose tacit mechanisms involved in fear production and violence, thus also offering avenues to confront and interrupt their reproduction.

Date: Monday December 3rd, 2018

Location: Roosevelt House, 47-49 E. 65th St. New York, NY 10065 (Hunter College)

Register: Free to the public, preregistration encouraged: at 212-298-8640 or at customerservice@nyas.org

You may register by phone, 212-298-8640 or 212-298-8600. Early registration is strongly recommended, since seating is limited. For the buffet supper, registration is also required If you will be registering for an event for the first time, the New York Academy of Sciences will ask you first to set up a user account with them. Registration is free and does not require divulging personal or financial information.

 


The Right to Remain Silent: Self-Monitoring and the Experience of Inequality During Traffic Stops in the U.S. South | Posted on November 28th, 2018 | Faculty Seminars, Public Programs