The BlackLight Project

BlackLight is a performance ethnography project. We utilize the creativity and critical insight of a multigenerational group of women to reimagine the possibilities for living in under-resourced urban environments.

BlackLight at CUNY Graduate Center: Growing Up Policed

Incited by the case of the felony conviction of a young woman of color for sexting with her girlfriend in Oregon and participatory research on criminalization among 1,100 young people in New York City, the mini-conference focuses on the nexus of youth, technology, law enforcement, and constructions of racialized sexuality. Using a broad definition of “policing” that extends across jails, schools, subways, and cyberspace, the conference examines the tools that parents, professionals, and others use to watch over, intervene with, and attempt to “correct” youth. Panels on legal and technology issues will explore the production of knowledge about and surveillance and punishment of LGBTQ youth of color as well as parallel and overlapping processes among other queer and straight youth.  Workshops conducted by cutting-edge youth community-organizing and arts projects, Growing Up Policed will also host crucial conversations with and among LGBTQ youth, their allies, and friends to share resources and ideas toward ensuring that their relationships flourish, their communities thrive, and the scope and scale of the dynamic resistances they are forging continue to broaden. The conference will be simultaneously video broadcast between Oregon and NYC with speakers on both coasts.

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I dance. I write. I work collaboratively with lovers of life, joy seekers, dream makers, compassionate critics, change agents, elegant theorists, inner peace dwellers and free radicals to make art that makes a difference.

One comment on “BlackLight at CUNY Graduate Center: Growing Up Policed

  1. AG
    February 3, 2012

    Beautiful and brutal. The blacklight shines so bright….

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This entry was posted on December 26, 2011 by in BlackLight Performances, Talks.
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