Policing the Crisis, Revisited

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Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore


Dr Ayça Çubukçu

Dr Ayça Çubukçu

Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore will deliver this year's Annual Lecture of the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and Politics of Solidarity Research Group

We approach the second anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by police. Mindful of the global uprisings, broad repression, and symbolic displacements occasioned by that tragic event, this talk will take analytical cues from 'Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State, and Law and Order' (1978).

Stuart Hall and his colleagues developed, fought over, and concentrated a surprising array of themes and categories in their wide-ranging chapters. Inspired by what they made, this lecture will trace a historical geography of the present, by looking backward and forward through time and across space in comparative and transnational context. Topics will include organized abandonment, premature  death, labor market structure, unwaged outsourcing of police work, borders and barriers, the relative autonomy of organized violence, race, status, and citizenship.  The lecture will conclude with some observations on the contemporary international abolition movement.  

Meet our speaker and chair

Speaker: Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Co-founder of many grassroots organizations including the California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network, Gilmore is author of the prize-winning Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (UC Press). Forthcoming projects include Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition (Haymarket); Abolition Geography: Essays Toward Liberation (Verso); and (co-edited with Paul Gilroy) Stuart Hall: Selected Writings on Race and Difference (Duke).

Gilmore has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. In April 2019 Rachel Kushner profiled Gilmore in The New York Times Magazine. Honors include the American Studies Association Angela Y. Davis Award for Public Scholarship (2012); the Association of American Geographers Harold Rose Award for Anti-Racist Research and Practice (2014); the SUNY-Purchase College Eugene V. Grant Distinguished Scholar Prize for Social and Environmental Justice (2015-16); the American Studies Association Richard A Yarborough Mentorship Award (2017); The Association of American Geographers Lifetime Achievement Award (2020).

Most recenltly she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2021), and awarded, along with Angela Y. Davis, and Mike Davis, the 2020 Lannan Foundation Lifetime Cultural Freedom Prize.

Chair: Ayça Çubukçu (@ayca_cu) is an Associate Professor of Sociology at LSE and co-director of LSE Human Rights.

More about this event 

LSE Human Rights (@LSEHumanRights) is a trans-disciplinary centre of excellence for international academic research, teaching and critical scholarship on human rights.

The Department of Sociology (@LSEsociology) seek to produce sociology that is public-facing, fully engaged with London as a global city, and with major contemporary debates in the intersection between economy, politics and society – with issues such as financialisation, inequality, migration, urban ecology, and climate change.

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