Sam Binkley, Professor of Sociology at Emerson College, Boston, will talk about the affective intensity and institutional logics of populist shame and racism. Free admission, please register below.

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Shame and the Humiliated Subject of Populist Racism

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Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have delivered twin shocks to the political and racial equilibria of the Anglosphere. What these crises reveal, among other things, are the vast reservoirs of affective intensity that can be unleashed against the specter of encroaching racial and ethnic diversity among populations traditionally identified by a colonial legacy of whiteness.

In this talk, some alignments are explored between the affective intensity of populist shame/humiliation and the implicit logic of racism itself. The intersection of populist humiliation and racism provides critical insight into the dynamics of the present, and also allows us to better comprehend the links between institutional or governmental logics and corporeal, affective states.

Sam Binkley is Professor of Sociology at Emerson College, Boston. He has published articles on the historical and social production of subjectivity in varied contexts, chiefly through a theoretical engagement with the work of Michel Foucault, and an empirical interest in popular psychology. His current research considers the wider problematic of anti-racism, understood as governmental imperative.

Introduction: Prof. Dr. Paula-Irene Villa, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Professor of Sociology/Gender Studies

Organizers: Bavarian American Academy, Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations, Lehrstuhl für Soziologie und Gender Studies - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

(Photo: Sam Binkley @Sam Binkley)