Carceral Capitalism: A Book Reading and Discussion with Jackie Wang

April 11, 2019
Event Types
Special Program
An event is held in the lobby of the Weisner Building outside of the List Center galleries. The focal point is a table surrounded by plants and special lighting.

Installation view of Evelyn Rydz’s A La Mesa part of the 2019 Student Lending Art Program Exhibition. Photo by Cassandra Rodriguez

Artworks on view in Kapwani Kiwanga: Safe Passage raise issues of racialized surveillance and the power dynamics of being seen and unseen. Join Jackie Wang for a reading and discussion of her latest book, Carceral Capitalism, a collection of essays on the contemporary continuum of incarceration: the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, and algorithmic policing. Wang will examine contemporary incarceration techniques that have emerged since the 1990s continuing the lineage of surveillance in its relation to blackness in America.   

Speaker Bio:

Jackie Wang is a student of the dream state, black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, performer, library rat, trauma monster and PhD student at Harvard University. She is the author of a number of punk zines including On Being Hard Femme, as well as a collection of dream poems titled Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb.

Copies of Carceral Capitalism will be made for sale at the event by the MIT Press Bookstore and Semiotext(e).

This program is free and open to the general public but RSVPs are required. RSVP here.