Eric A. Stanley presents "Atmospheres of Violence" in conversation with Jamie Grace

Eric A. Stanley presents "Atmospheres of Violence" in conversation with Jamie Grace

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Saturday, July 2nd 2022
1:00 pm
Red Emma's
NB afternoon event! Advances in LGBTQ rights in the recent past—marriage equality, the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the expansion of hate crimes legislation—have been accompanied by a rise in attacks against trans, queer and/or gender-nonconforming people of color. In Atmospheres of Violence, theorist and organizer Eric A. Stanley shows how this seeming contradiction reveals the central role of racialized and gendered violence in the United States.

Rather than suggesting that such violence is evidence of individual phobias, Stanley shows how it is a structuring antagonism in our social world. Drawing on an archive of suicide notes, AIDS activist histories, surveillance tapes, and prison interviews, they offer a theory of anti-trans/queer violence in which inclusion and recognition are forms of harm rather than remedies to it. In calling for trans/queer organizing and worldmaking beyond these forms, Stanley points to abolitionist ways of life that might offer livable futures.

Eric A. Stanley is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and coeditor of Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility and Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex.

Jamie Grace is the Policy Coordinator at FreeState Justice. With a over half a decade of community organizing experience, she formerly worked at the ACLU of Maryland where she worked during the 2021 session to push police reforms & the trans panic repeal. She graduated from the University of Baltimore in 2020, applying her skills to running trans led organizations like Gender Museum and the Baltimore Transgender Alliance. Her tactics for advancing trans liberation vary from community organizing, political advocacy & artistic civil disobedience.

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