Potter College News
Nirmala Erevelles talk “Scenes of Subjection”
- Audra Jennings
- Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
Dr. Nirmala Everelles' presentation, "‘Scenes of Subjection’: Disability at the Intersections in the Carceral State," will foreground how the labor of disability is appropriated by the carceral state to implicate bodies and justify violence against them at the intersections of social difference. Beginning with historical narratives of women facing unimaginable violence within post slavery systems of punishment that included first the convict leasing system and later the chain gang, Erevelles will mark the historical continuities/discontinuities with contemporary violent practices of the carceral state against women and girls that now include segregated special education classrooms, alternative schools, juvenile detention homes, and other institutional settings. In particular, this presentation will trace how the socio-political category of disability is utilized to produce the carceral subject and discuss the conceptual as well as material implications when disability is included in this analysis.
The History Department has invited teachers from schools throughout the region to participate. To attend, you will need to pre-register at http://bit.ly/HISTprofdev (click on April 22, follow the prompts, and you’ll get a Zoom confirmation).