Cedric Essi: "It’s all in the Family: Kinship, Property, and Structural Racism after Trump"
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This lecture is part of the Bavarian American Academy Student Conference on Structural Racism in the United States. Dr. Cedric Essi is one of the two keynote speakers. Dr. Rosalind Hampton will hold her keynote lecture on "Canadian Academia as Colonial Continua".
The rise of Barack Obama to the White House was accompanied by national debates about the possibility of an imminent “post-racial” era in the United States. But in the wake of the Trump presidency, “structural racism” has become the new key term in mainstream diagnoses of the state of the Union. My talk traces how this shift has been shaped by changing notions of American kinship and highlights how historical links between kinship and property continue to determine racism in the Biden era.
Dr. Cedric Essi is a post-doctoral scholar at the collaborative research center “Law and Literature” at Osnabrück University (SFB 1385 “Recht und Literatur”). He graduated from the University of Würzburg, received his PhD in American Studies from FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and also taught at the University of Bremen. Essi’s work focuses on critical race theory, cultural legal studies, as well as queer studies. He has been supported by research fellowships at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, and the University of Southern Denmark.
Organizers: Universität Passau, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, LMU München, Bavarian American Academy
Supported by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung.
(Photo: Cedric Essi © Gregor Essi)