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Race, Justice, and the Ecological Legacy of the Plantation in Southern Louisiana
The humanitarian disaster triggered by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 exposed the racial violence and class domination that structures New Orleans and the broader U.S. South. This talk uses ethnography to explore the social impact of the privatization of public services in Southern Louisiana in the years since Katrina made landfall. With a particular focus on the quasi-privatization of public schools, this presentation analyzes how the politics of space, place, and class in Black New Orleans are being transformed.

Dr. Justin Hosbey
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Emory University

Dr. Justin Hosbey a cultural anthropologist and Black studies scholar. His research explores Black social and cultural life in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mississippi Delta regions. His current ethnographic project utilizes research methods from the digital and spatial humanities to explore and visualize how the privatization of neighborhood schools in low income and working class Black communities has fractured, but not broken, Black space and place making in post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

This lecture is a part of the Oxford-Penn-Toronto International Doctoral Cluster speaker series.

Feb 3, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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