Abolition

CAS Annual Initiative 2019-20

Abolition is an exciting new initiative examining the radical, yet realizable, possibilities of abolition in its many forms. Abolition is not solely defined by the negative process of dismantling destructive structures and systems, but primarily seeks to build the type of society we want to live in, one that does not require disposing of entire sectors of our social world, but creates the conditions where all can survive and thrive. It is about redirecting the massive resources spent on systems of oppression toward positive investments like education, public health, and restorative justice. The goal of this new initiative is to examine the multiple, convergent forms of power in the at times intersectional areas of prisons, police, immigrant justice, gendered and sexual violence, environmental justice, disability justice, and more, in order to propose an abolitionist democratic present and future.

Professors Toby Beauchamp (Gender and Women’s Studies) and Naomi Paik (Asian American Studies) have been appointed CAS Resident Associates for AY2019-20 in charge of this initiative which includes a public events series and a seminar in Spring 2020 among other activities.