19 Jun 2024 14:30 - 16:00 Online | S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP



Danai Avgeri (ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography)


Mohammed Elnaiem (Director of the Decolonial Centre)


Organised abandonment is a phrase which Ruth Wilson Gillmore uses to describe the predominant technology of structural violence in an era where millions, if not billions have been made redundant and surplus to the requirements of capital. Organised abandonment, Gilmore contends, needs to deploy organised violence — to absorb some of the surplus populations in order to contain the rest.  Capital needs an otherwise unemployed prison guard to keep the prisoner in a cage. One can of course, also see the various regimes of violence which are used to contain hungry, and dispossessed passions — to protect, using her words, capitalism from capitalism. But is organised abandonment sustainable?

Mohammed Elnaiem, director of the Decolonial Centre, will argue that in fact, genocide happens when organised abandonment is no longer possible. This will be a talk that explores case studies in Palestine, the DRC, and Haiti.

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Speaker biography

Mohammed Elnaiem is a researcher and author, and the Director of the Decolonial Centre, a Pluto Educational Trust project dedicated to anti-colonial and decolonial political education. His former column, “Black Radicals,” ran for two years on JSTOR Daily. He has published for news and political analysis outlets, including Al Jazeera, New Internationalist, Jacobin Magazine, The Funambulist, Africa Is a Country, World Politics Review, The Global African Worker, New Frame, ROAR Magazine, and Toward Freedom. In his writing and research, he has explored various topics, including blackness, the Sudanese revolution, reparations movements, the history of slavery and imperialism, and the relationship between capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy.

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