Black Women, Domestic Violence, and Paradoxical Space

Fri Mar 11 2016, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

abierria_0An Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) Distinguished Lecture:

Black Women, Domestic Violence, and Paradoxical Space

Presented by Alisa Bierria
Associate Director, Center for Race and Gender
University of California, Berkeley

Date: Friday, March 11, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Location: Calit2, UC Irvine (directions)
Logistics: A light lunch will be available 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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stand_your_groundFeminist critiques of domestic violence have created lucid explanations of how gendered power relations drive patterns of violence in abusive heterosexual relationships.

Recent public debates about the racialized and gendered discrepancies of the application of “Stand Your Ground” laws have created an opportunity for stronger spatialized analyses of domestic violence, particularly in the context of the criminalization of battered women who are disproportionately black women and other women of color. Can a geopolitical analysis of domestic violence create a richer understanding of the criminalization of domestic violence survivors who act in self-defense?

In this talk, Bierra will consider the prosecution of Marissa Alexander as a case study to begin a discussion about the spatialized and racialized dimensions of domestic and state violence.

About Alisa Bierria

Alisa Bierria is the Associate Director of the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley and a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University. Alisa is a member of INCITE! and the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign, and has years of experience writing, teaching, and organizing on issues of violence and redress. She is co-editor of Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence, a special issue of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order.


University of California, Irvine
4100 Calit2 Building
Irvine, CA 92697-2800

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