SOAN Colloquium_ October 2019

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room C

Speaker: Orisanmi Burton, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at American University 

Title: "Stealth Histories of Prison Pacification"

In this talk, Orisanmi Burton analyzes the U.S. prison as a form of counterinsurgency warfare. He traces how, beginning in the early 1970s, the massive growth and development of the New York State prison system has occurred in response to revolutionary, anti-racist organizing inside and outside prison walls. Burton provides a critical theoretical framework for understanding prisons as war and for apprehending the ways in which contemporary prison protocols are designed to prevent radical political consciousness, outside solidarity, and struggle.