Fugitive Cartographies: Blackness, trash and the afterlives of slavery


The New School

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 12th @ 6pm

Location: The New School, Wolff Conference Room, D 1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center @ 6 East 16th Street, New York NY 10003

Trash has been made an intractable part of poor Black life. Racist fantasies of proximity and distance shape the infrastructural and social management of waste and what it means to declare something in need of cleaning. Overburdened by trash’s emplacement and signification, how do people live, challenge, and speak out the spatialized racial violence of disposability and the unmappable consequences of how toxicity? This talk considers how Black fugitive practices respond to the production of waste flows—and the urban transformations that mitigate, rationalize, and direct them—experimenting with alternative forms of movement, Black futurity and being. 

Dr. Marisa Solomon is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Baruch College (CUNY), and an alum of The New School for Social Research's Anthropology Program. Her research explores what it means to live with and alongside enforced proximity to trash. Exploring trash as a material, political, and discursive formation of racial capitalism, Dr. Solomon’s research considers how trash, toxicity, and disposability as afterlives of slavery shape Black fugitive practices and eco-political projects.

Presented by the Anthropology Department at The New School for Social Research.

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