FROM MINNEAPOLIS TO DESSAU, FROM MORIA TO TRIPOLI, FROM THE SHORES TO THE LAND AND THE SEA:
TRANSNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIES OF ABOLITION

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        Last years’ uprisings for black lives have sparked the globe in midst of a pandemic, strengthening an anti-racist mass movement and dismantling the carceral conjuncture of racial gendered capitalism. Movements and activists not only stood in solidarity with the black criminalized and working poor in the US, but further drew connections that attend to the local and global dimensions and entanglements of the punitive turn. Engaging with these connections and challenging methodological nationalism(s) with regard to struggles for black lives, this contribution discusses the practices of abolition geographies, and how these practices are in transnational conversation. Drawing on collaborative research with black-led collectives and initiatives in France, Germany and Switzerland, understood as relational locations not as bounded units, this project links abolition geographies in the Black Atlantic and the Black Mediterranean and therefore traces contemporary forms and spatial practices of black abolitionist internationalism.




Vanessa Eileen Thompson is a lecturer in comparative social and cultural anthropology at European University Viadrina, teaching and working in the fields of black studies (especially black social movements), critical racism studies, postcolonial and transnational feminism, critiques of policing and abolition, and urban sociology. She has published on blackness and black movements in France and Europe more broadly, black abolitionist practices and Fanonian thought. She has co-founded an intersectional cop-watch collective in Germany, is a member of the International Independent Commission on the Death of Oury Jalloh and organizes within international abolitionist collectives.
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