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Under the Gun: A Conference on State Violence and Black Populations

On October 19 and 20, 2017, the Marginalized Populations Project held its first conference focusing on state violence towards black populations throughout the world.

The conference, organized by Michael Hanchard, Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Marginalized Populations Project, brought together internationally renowned scholars and social movement and political actors to examine the disproportionate experiences of Afro-descendant populations in France, Brazil, Jamaica, Colombia, and the U.S. with state, extra-judicial, and popular forms of organized violence. 

This conference was sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies and the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania with the generous support of the Marginalized Populations Project, Fels Policy Research Initiative, University Research Fund, and a School of Arts and Sciences Conference Grant. 

Watch videos from the conference below!

 

Click here to view images from the conference.

  

Welcome and Keynote Lecture about Brazil

Welcome: Wendell Pritchett, Provost, University of Pennsylvania
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Michael Hanchard, Department of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Keynote Speech: Ivanir dos Santos, Center for the Articulation of Marginalized Populations, Brazil

 

U.S. Panel

Kathleen Brown, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania
Dorothy Roberts, School of Law, Departments of Sociology & Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Jones-Correa, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, Chair/Discussant 

 
 

Brazil Panel

Márcia Regina de Lima Silva, Departamento de Sociologia (Department of Sociology), Universidade de São Paulo
Christen Smith, Departments of African & African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin
Tukufu Zuberi, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Chair/Discussant

 

U.S. and Brazil Panel Q&A

 
 

Colombia Panel

Alfonso Cassiani, Independent Scholar/Activist
Aurora Vergara-Figueroa, Departamento de Estudios Sociales (Department of Sociology), Universidad ICESI
Ann Farnsworth-Alvear, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, Chair/Discussant

 
 

Keynote Lecture about France

Didier Fassin, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University

 
 

France and Canada Panel

Abdoulaye Gueye, Department of Sociology, University of Ottawa
Debra Thompson, Department of Political Science, University of Oregon
Lydie Moudileno, Department of Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania, Chair/Discussant

 
 

Day 2 Q&A

 
 

Jamaica Panel

Deborah Thomas, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Horace Levy, Jamaicans for Justice
Dorothy Roberts, School of Law, Departments of Sociology & Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Chair/Discussant