The Association of American Geographers has released its preliminary program for the 2015 annual meeting in Chicago. In addition to my participation in a paper session I mentioned in a previous post, I will be a panelist in a session titled “Contemporary North American Police States: Ferguson, Ayotzinapa, and Alternative Futures,” organized by Maegan Miller and Mat Keel. Here’s the abstract:
This session is being convened as an emergency response to current events in Ferguson, NYC, Mexico and beyond. Inspired by recent instances of police violence and repression (that include but are not limited to the murders of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and the 43 ‘disappeared’ Ayotzinapa students) and attendant mobilizations around the issue of police-brutality, ?this panel brings together a diverse group of activists and academics to discuss various dimensions of modern police power. Panelists will shed light on the historical origins and contemporary contours of North American ‘police states,’ as well as strategies for imagining and enacting alternative futures. Presenters in this session will explore the relationship between contemporary police violence and interlocking systems of domination (racism, hetero-patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, and statism); the militarization of police forces; repressive state responses to protests; possibilities for and dynamics of transnational solidarity; and visions for resistance and revolution.
My comments in the panel will share something with my paper forthcoming in Political Geography (mentioned in a previous post). But I intend to focus on possible solidarities between activists in the United States (#BlackLivesMatter) and in Mexico (#Ayotzinapa), which I anticipate in the Political Geography paper as “solidarities that exceed perceptible likeness.”