In this research seminar, Avery F. Gordon will describe the work of the Hawthorn Archive and present some documents from a forthcoming collection. The Hawthorn Archive, named after the fabled tree, is not a library or a research collection in the conventional sense, but rather a disorganized and fugitive space where autonomous radicals, runaways, abolitionists, commoners, dreamers and others develop a political consciousness of being in-difference to the deadly forms of power they encounter.
Avery F. Gordon is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Visiting Professor in the School of Law at Birkbeck (2015-2018). She is the author of The Workhouse: The Breitenau Room (with Ines Schaber); Keeping Good Time:Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People; Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination among other books and articles. Her work focuses on radical thought and practice and over the last several years, she has been writing about imprisonment, war and other forms of dispossession and how to eliminate them. She serves on the Editorial Committee of Race & Class, is the co-host of No Alibis, a weekly public affairs radio program on KCSB FM Santa Barbara, and is the keeper of the Hawthorn Archives.
Law Research Seminars are held on Wednesdays at lunchtime. The seminars are free and open to the public, and a light lunch is provided.