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12:00pm - Speaker Series: Damani Partridge - Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

  • When: January 22, 2020, 12–1:30 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th floor, Lakeside, Chicago, IL 60611

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Making 'White' Space: The Affective Dimensions of Hipster Arrivals in a 'Black' City

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Some Detroiters report that spaces in the city that used to be predominantly “Black” (or viewed as abandoned) have now become “White” spaces. Interestingly, this shift appears to be not only economic.  Based on research I have been conducting with a changing group of collaborative filmmakers since 2014 as part of the project I direct called, “Filming the Future of Detroit,” this manuscript examines the emergence of an increasing everyday hostility amidst a rhetoric of “vacant spaces” in a “depopulated city.” It thinks about hostility as a systematic node through which “White” urban spaces get established in an otherwise “Black” city. This happens alongside economic and physical measures (rent increases, the insertion of parking meters in residential neighborhoods, tax foreclosures, and school closings) and appears even more rapid in its everyday orchestration even if it is not an explicitly planned phenomenon. 

 Damani J. Partridge is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and at the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. He has published on questions of citizenship, sexuality, post-Cold War “freedom,” Holocaust memorialization, African-American military occupation, the production of noncitizens, and the Obama moment in Berlin. His forthcoming book, Hypersexuality and Headscarves: Race, Sex, and Citizenship in the New Germany will be published by Indiana University Press in January 2012

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