The CEP invites faculty, students, and staff to participate in a spring discussion group and incubation space focused on using abolitionist thinking to challenge our existing pedagogical practices and the way we live our lives. Participants will use abolitionist values to create personal and pedagogical praxes, come up with actionable plans toward a meaningful material transformation of the world we live in, and will address questions including: What critical and imaginative dreams does abolition allow? Is it even possible to be abolitionists while working within an institutional setting? What does it take to put our abolitionist commitments into action? If you are interested in exploring these questions, please fill out this interest form to receive further information.
Session 1: February 3, 4-5:30pm
Introductions: What is abolition, why has it brought you here, and how might it help us envision a new world we want to live in?
Session 2: March 3rd, 4-5:30pm
Developing an abolitionist framework: How can we use abolitionist values to inform the projects we want to undertake?
Session 3: March 24, 4-5:30pm
Identifying projects and making commitments: How do we put our abolitionist frameworks into action?
Session 4: April 14th, 4-5:30pm
Abolitionism as an everyday practice: How can we develop and sustain abolitionist practices on many fronts?
Session 5: May 5th, 4-5:30pm
Guest speaker Q&A and group discussion: Is it possible to do meaningful abolitionist work within institutions?
Discussion Session One: How do you prefigure the world you want to live in?
BCRW interviews between Dean Spade and Tourmaline:
Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought (2020) 2/13 Abolition Democracy with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Robert Gooding-Williams, Kendall Thomas, Ivan Calaff, Flores Forbes, and Bernard E. Harcourt
Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought (2020) 3/13 Abolish the Police with Amna Akbar, Derecka Purnell, Josmar Trujillo, Alex Vitale, and Bernard E. Harcourt