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IAS Thursdays | The Politics of Futurity
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Deva R. Woodly, Associate Professor of Politics, The New School

Barack Obama famously said that the purpose of social movements is to get a seat at the table. However, as Deva R. Woodly argues in her new book, Reckoning: Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements—a sweeping account of the meaning and purpose of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)—the value of such movements is something much more profound: they are necessary for the health and survival of democracy.

Woodly will begin by sharing how a unique political philosophy—Radical Black Feminist Pragmatism—served as an intellectual foundation of the movement and the role it played in transforming public meanings, public opinion, and policy. The conversation will then turn to speculating on what a 21st century paradigm that centers the politics of care might include. We will discuss how political horizons are constructed in popular discourse and political action; the structural relations of race, coloniality, and indigeneity and what it would take to change those relations; abolition democracy; the politics of gender; disability justice; and the political economy of degrowth. Together, we will ask: what ideas shape the politics of the future, and what consequences and possibilities are implied by their pursuit?

IAS Thursdays at the Institute for Advanced Study brings ideas, conversations, and viewpoints to the heart of the University of Minnesota. Our events are free and open the public; IAS Thursdays are designed for scholars from all walks of life.

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Dec 1, 2022 03:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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