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CEPPA Talk – Kristie Dotson (University of Michigan)

April 7, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Title: Beyond the Now: Epistemic Oppression and the “Common” Sense of Incarceration

Abstract: In this presentation, I narrate an encounter with 2 Black teenagers who attempted to steal my cellphone and the difficulty of insisting on accountability while avoiding the worst parts of the state-run criminal justice system. Ultimately, I demonstrate that, at times, when a situation calls for accountability for a serious wrongdoing in the U.S. one can find oneself trapped in a “now” that has been constructed by 1) ineffective carceral imaginations, 2) insufficient structural options for accountability, and 3) inadequate lexicons of permissibility. I conclude by suggesting key questions for exploration in the U.S. carceral state are: what are the communities we want to build with the accountability options on which we rely? How can we make the current “common” sense of incarceration “uncommon?”

Co-Hosted with ECT and FPST



April 7, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Nick Kuespert