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Upcoming Law.Arts.Culture talk: Paul Passavant

Passavant poster

This upcoming Monday October 5, 2015, Osgoode Hall Law School will play host to the presentation Policing Occupy: Aesthetics, Security, and the Illuminator Project by Professor Paul Passavant. The presentation will occur on Monday, October 5, 2015, 12:30pm to 2:00pm in Ignat Kaneff Building, Room 2027. RSVP Required (and lunch provided) here: http://bit.ly/osresearch

Event Code: PAUL

The abstract for the presentation is as follows:

Policing in the United States has become transformed by the “Broken Windows” theory of policing since its inception in the early 1980s, its institutionalization within the New York Police Department (NYPD) in the 1990s, and its spread to other jurisdictions. The”Broken Windows”; theory calls for policing to go beyond actual crime to target perceptions of “disorder.” By targeting the perception of disorder, “Broken Windows” inspired policing is a form of aesthetic management. It polices signs of value and disqualification. “Broken Windows” inspired policing is the form of policing that coincides with the response of cities in the United States to the urban fiscal crisis of the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, cities reoriented infrastructure away from residents to welcome the FIRE industries (finance, insurance, real estate) and to appeal to shoppers, tourists, and conventions, while managing their brand. As an entertainment destination, the city was re-purposed for post-Fordist symbolic production. The Illuminator project that emerged out of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) calls upon the 99% in branded, communicative urban space, while shining a light on how corporate capital expropriates us. The policing of the Illuminator project shows how the NYPD uses minor violations to prevent or disrupt the Illuminator’s visual protests to display the presence of the 99% in the neoliberal, post-Fordist city. The NYPD’s “use of minor violations, if not the arrest process itself” for aesthetic government of urban space extends the practice of “Broken Windows” inspired policing to those demonstrating how neoliberalism tends to the well-being of corporations located in New York, but not the well-being of the people. In this way, NYPD order maintenance policing preserves the image of the city as a brand, as well as the value of the corporate brands embedded in urban space.