Brown Bag Biography: Laurel Mei-Singh

February 28, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Kuykendall 409A

“Accompaniment Through Carceral Geographies: Abolitionist Research Partnerships in Indigenous Communities” by Laurel Mei-Singh, Dept. of Ethnic Studies at UH Mānoa

Carceral geographies theorize the nation-state’s endemic partition-building. At the same time, attempts by the nation state to spatially hold together its colonial and racial apparatuses are inherently incomplete. This presentation offers an auto-ethnographic account regarding how the non-Native ethnographer can support efforts for the abolition of militarized police violence in indigenous communities. In this endeavor, it examines how abolitionist frameworks can confront the spatiality of racism and colonialism without reproducing the material and social divisions that facilitate its persistence. - Born and raised on O'ahu, Laurel's research interests include land and militarization, the relationship of race and indigeneity to histories of war, fences and self-determination, racial capitalism, and Oceania. She is currently writing a book entitled Partitioning the Pacific. It develops a genealogy of military fences and grassroots struggles for land and livelihood in Wai‘anae, a heavily militarized region on the west side of Oʻahu.

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Center for Biographical Research, Mānoa Campus

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