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The Long 2020: Adia Benton and Jonathan Flatley

Mar 12, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with Adia Benton (Northwestern) and Jonathan Flatley (Wayne State) as part of our Spring series, The Long 2020. These talks will address race and the policing crisis in the U.S. Adia Benton will talk about the connections between policing and field epidemiology/contact tracing. Jonathan will discuss how his work on revolutionary counter-moods extends into thinking about this summer’s BLM and anti-police activism.

If you plan to attend, please register for the Zoom webinar here.

Virtual event: Once the event starts you can join the Zoom webinar, view the live video below, or watch on our YouTube channel.

About the Speakers:

Adia Benton is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Benton’s research concerns patterns of inequality in the distribution of and the politics of care in settings “socialized” for scarcity. This means understanding the political, economic and historical factors shaping how care is provided in complex humanitarian emergencies and in longer-term development projects – like those for health. These concerns arise from my previous career in the fields of public health and post-conflict development in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. She is the author of HIV Exceptionalism: Development Through Disease in Sierra Leone (Minnesota 2015) and the upcoming The Fever Archive (Minnesota, TBA).

Jonathan Flatley is Professor of English at Wayne State University. His research interests include the relationship between politics and aesthetics, specifically the ways that art and literature can represent and produce political feelings. His recent books include Like Andy Warhol (Chicago 2017) and Affective Mapping: Melancholia and the Politics of Modernism (Harvard 2008). He is currently working on the book, Black Leninism: How Revolutionary Counter-Moods Are Made, which is about Black group formation, those moments when Black people come together as a group for whom collective action seems urgent, obvious, and vital, and when victory over the forces of white supremacy seems possible.


Mar 12, 2021
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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