Centennial Speaker Series - Dean Spade Presentation

Thursday, January 17, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Zief Law Library - Terrace Room
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Events and Lectures

Dean Spade, from the Seattle University School of Law, will be presenting selections from his recent book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law. In Normal Life, Dean uses Critical Race Theory, women of color feminism, and other intellectual traditions to analyze the role of law reform in contemporary queer and trans politics. He examines the poverty, violence, criminalization and immigration enforcement facing trans populations, and questions the utility of anti-discrimination law and hate crimes laws for addressing these harms.  He proposes that a critical trans politics is emerging that rejects law reform as a goal and engages tactically with legal work as it attempts to dismantle apparatuses of racialized-gendered violence like prisons and borders and build alternative structures that meaningfully address contemporary conditions of poverty and violence.

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