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beyond repair: Lecture by Avery F. Gordon

The Plantation and the Prison

A figure with a stone head walks through two landscapes. In one, suburban German sidewalks and paths yield, at a distance, quiet views of residential buildings surrounded by barbed wire and guarded gates. In the other, windy Puglian motorways and tomato fields make for a noisier more industrial ramble. What links the plantation and the prison historically and theoretically? This talk will attempt to answer the question.

Avery F. Gordon is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London. Her work focuses on radical thought and practice and she writes about captivity, enslavement, war and other forms of dispossession and how to eliminate them. She serves on the editorial committee of the journal Race & Class and is the co-host of “No Alibis,” a weekly public affairs radio programme on KCSB FM Santa Barbara.