New at Black Perspectives: Necropower and Natural Disasters

Over at Black Perspectives, the African American Intellectual History Society blog, I wrote a piece that uses theorist Achille Mbembe’s idea of necropower to understand the vulnerability of Black communities to natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I don’t consider my work to be very theoretical, but I read Mbembe’s essay while I was evacuated from Irma, and felt like I had to write this for the blog. T.J. Tallie, Ramzi Fawaz, and Melanie Newport were kind enough to offer helpful comments on an early draft of this, and I’m grateful to the students in my African American history class this semester, because my conversation with them about race and Hurricane Harvey set me to thinking about these issues.

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The Calendar of Loss: Dagmawi Woubshet on Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS

Interview by Dan Royles Dagmawi Woubshet’s The Calendar of Loss (Johns Hopkins, 2015) examines the politics of mourning in the early years of the AIDS epidemic both in the United States and Ethiopia. The book details the ways in which early AIDS mourners used poetry, obituaries, visual art, and direct action protest both to commemorate loved ones and to challenge the…

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