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History Department Conference: From the Color Line to the Carceral State
Start Date: 10/27/2015Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 10/27/2015End Time: 7:30 PM

Event Description:
Prisons, Policing and Surveillance in the 20th and 21st Centuries

When considering the major dilemma of the twentieth century, W.E.B. Du Bois famously declared, "The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line." Since the death of Trayvon Martin in 2013, the nation has witnessed a wave of social protest movements declaring that "Black Lives Matter" and decrying the criminal justice system as beset with racialized and abusive policing that has led to widespread racial discrimination and mass incarceration. Scholars of the twenty-first century have taken up Du Bois's claim to consider the ways in which prisons, policing, and surveillance have constructed a contemporary condition that one scholar has called the "New Jim Crow."

Stony Brook is convening seven leading scholars to examine the historical roots, dispersed locations, and present-day consequences of "mass incarceration" and the carceral state. This special conference considers a broad range of topics—the colonial borders of the carceral state and the origins of voter disenfranchisement; the militarization of policing and the "War on Drugs"; lynching and capital punishment; prison construction and prisoner rebellions; police/state violence and urban uprisings; immigration and immigrant detention/deportation; and domestic spying and the surveillance state.

The aim of the conference is to connect the historical origins of the carceral state with contemporary struggles over policing and mass incarceration. Toward that end, the conference will conclude with a panel of five leading activists and civil rights attorneys. More »

Free and open to the public.
Location Information:
West Campus - Humanities  (View Map)
100 Nicolls Road
Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
Room: 1008
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