Round Table Discussion 1: Is Justice a Process or an Outcome?

Widely maintained mythologies hold that “justice” refers to conclusive punishment for criminal wrongdoing (as in “an eye for an eye”). These narratives, centered on deviant acts rather than the systems in which actions unfold, delimit the possibility of justice within longstanding and embedded structures that have excluded certain individuals from the onset. If justice is understood as a process rather than an outcome, part of its work is to scrutinize the systems within which exclusive and excluding laws have been written and sustained.

Participants are Dr. Sarah Keenan (School of Law - Birkbeck, University of London) and will feature Dr. Chandan Reddy (University of Washington, Seattle) and Dr. Christopher J. Schell (University of Washington, Tacoma).

Round Table Discussion 2: What Documents Constrain, Narrate, or Liberate Subjecthood?

Documented processes that are prescribed and enforced by official and state methods can limit, if not erase, who we are, and, in doing so, they lend insight into how we render persons as subjects and as legible. A broader concept of documentary membership complicates the notion that status is essentially vested in documents, rather than in the activities and lived experiences of persons. Membership and rights need not be predicated on access or possession of state documents, but can materialize in numerous more meaningful ways, in more grounded and active engagement in political and social activities.

Participants are Dr. Nicole Fleetwood (Rutgers University), Dr. Dan Berger (UW Bothell), Alex Fisher (UW Seattle, Pre-Doctoral Student), Dan Paz (UW Seattle), and Dr. Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky (UW Seattle).

Round Table Discussion 3: What is the human, anyway?

The “human” is a historically constructed category with political and social agency, and in Western science and culture sets up a hierarchical distinction from other animals and forms of life. In this process of differentiation, animality has been racialized, and used as a means of limiting freedom and protections to members of humankind that threaten a fantasy of white superiority. How do these hierarchies and distinctions persist in the shaping of policy and social relations? How might thinking across species reveal new opportunities for liberation work across different forms of oppression wrought by racism, sexism, imperialism, and capitalism? And, thinking beyond the animal, how might we turn to other forms of interspecies connections and multi-species agencies to recalibrate the meaning of the human for survival on our damaged planet?

Participants are Dr. Colin Dayan (Vanderbilt University), Dr. Radhika Govindrajan (UW Seattle), Dr. Phillip Thurtle (UW. Seattle), and Dr. Joanne Woiak (UW Seattle).

Maria Gaspar: Disappearance Landscape – Session A

Disappearance Landscape is a virtual workshop that uses the body to interrogate and intervene highly contested sites. Using green screen strategies, participants will examine jails, prisons, border walls, conflict zones, and other places of power in order to mediate, flip, dissect, transpose, or dismantle forms of oppression and confinement.

The Henry Art Gallery will be mailing free kits to workshop registrants, that include paper and adhesive, to construct a greenscreen background for the participatory workshop. Once registered for this event, please email your preferred shipping address to ians@henryart.org. Because this workshop requires a mailed component, please register by January 26 to ensure receipt of your kit. Kits should arrive the week of February 1. Due to timing and shipping constraints, mailed kits will be limited to registrants residing in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Maria Gaspar: Disappearance Landscape – Session B

Disappearance Landscape is a virtual workshop that uses the body to interrogate and intervene highly contested sites. Using green screen strategies, participants will examine jails, prisons, border walls, conflict zones, and other places of power in order to mediate, flip, dissect, transpose, or dismantle forms of oppression and confinement.

The Henry Art Gallery will be mailing free kits to workshop registrants, that include paper and adhesive, to construct a greenscreen background for the participatory workshop. Once registered for this event, please email your preferred shipping address to ians@henryart.org. Because this workshop requires a mailed component, please register by January 26 to ensure receipt of your kit. Kits should arrive the week of February 1. Due to timing and shipping constraints, mailed kits will be limited to registrants residing in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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