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'Seeing like a cop': Visuality & colonially in spaces of gendered criminalisation - Dr Emma Russell

Venue: 373 Euston Road

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Speaker: Dr Emma Russell, La Trobe University

Discussant: Dr Megan McElhone, Birkbeck

Chair: Dr Sarah Lamble, Birkbeck 

Note this is a hybrid event and you can attend online or in-person. 

Location: 373 Euston Road (Room 401), London, NW1 3AR 
Birkbeck, University of London

For those who wish to attend online, please register to receive the online link. 

Abstract: Building on conceptions of policing as a colonial project, this paper contributes to spatial and sensory understandings of the violence work of policing by highlighting how practices of gender and racial criminalisation rely on particular ways of seeing in space. That is, criminalisation results from ‘seeing like a cop’ (Guenther, 2019), and reordering and securing spaces accordingly. I explore the logics and effects of this regime of visuality and spatial governance, drawing upon qualitative research examining the criminalisation of women who experience various forms of interpersonal, state, and structural violence. I show how police visions of gender and racial pathology, danger, and disposability reproduce carceral continuums that connect and enmesh the street and the home as sites of state violence and gender entrapment, deepening understandings of the coercive power of the police.

This event is part of the Criminology Seminar Series at Birkbeck.

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