BLACK WOMEN UNDER FIRE:
ABOLITION, BLACK LIBERATION, AND FEMINISM IN BRAZIL
Postponed to Spring 2024
This talk will analyze the way in which Black women have been criminally punished in Brazil, from colonialism to coloniality, and the varied forms of Black resistance that they have led in the face of the punitive State. Based on Black women’s resilience and radical political imagination in defense of themselves and their communities, these movements have proved fundamental in building well-being and good living. We will focus particularly on the criminal justice and penitentiary systems which serve as the most explicit tools for maintaining inequalities based on racial hierarchies and the precarity of Black life. Finally, the talk will present an overview of the struggles undertaken today in Brazil by Black women, who are at the forefront of the country’s main antiracist movements.