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Jenny Burman – Dangerous Geographies and Threshold Lives

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5 à 7
January 26, 2017
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Feminist Media Studio
CJ Building, Room 2.130
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Montreal (Qc)

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jenny Burman’s 5 à 7 presentation on January 26 has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule it for another date during the Winter 2017 semester. We apologize for any inconvenience.*


Drawing from a broader research project on the serial murders of mostly racialized women in South Los Angeles (1980-1995) and East Vancouver (1985-2000), this presentation will focus on the conditions of the life and death of 15 year-old P.B. (1987-2002, Los Angeles). It is a feminist social autopsy or forensic analysis in the sense that I bring multiple overlapping structures and processes to bear on the serial murders of P.B. and other women, asking: what made these particular women so vulnerable in this part of the city during these years? To assist in the development of a counter-narrative to media coverage of serial murders and online crime maps that demarcate zones of death and abjection, I use counter-mapping and multimedia storytelling techniques.

Jenny Burman is Associate Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. She teaches and writes on postcolonial thought, critiques of multiculturalism, and the intersection of urban space and gender/race-based violence. She is the author of Transnational Yearnings: Tourism, Migration, and the Diasporic City (UBC Press), as well as articles in journals such as Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, Topia, and small axe.