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Counting Frequency: Un/gendering Violence Against Black Women

Christen SmithThe Race and Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI), in partnership with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Africana Studies Program, Department of Anthropology and Department of Sociology, invites you to attend our upcoming virtual Colloquia on Wednesday, February 23 from 4:00-5:30 PM CST. This program will feature Dr. Christen Smith, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Dr. Christen Smith’s presentation will be examining Black women’s experiences with policing. Dr. Smith argues that police terror is not predicated upon gender; rather it enacts gender by undoing gender. Thus, it requires a new arithmetic of time and space in order to read beyond normative, hypermasculine narratives of police violence. While the dominant discourse of race and policing asserts that police terror disproportionately affects Black men, the frequency of Black women’s experiences with police terror attunes to a lingering yet deadly impact beyond the linear, Cartesian dimension of body counting, a frequency Dr. Smith terms sequelae.

Join us virtually on Wednesday, February 23 from 4:00-5:30 PM CST. Zoom Meeting  ID: 91640031993; Password: WGST.