May - Jun 18 Events

Narcopolis: Cultures of the Contemporary Drug Wars


30/05/2018 - 31/05/2018


10:00AM - 6:00PM


Graduate School, TR6, QUB

This two-day symposium, sponsored by the Centre for the Americas, the School of Arts, English and Languages, and the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, will examine the cultures of the contemporary drugs wars primarily in the Americas. Working across a range of disciplines, including Criminology, English, Modern Languages and Sociology, scholars will consider how the thematizations of the drug trade in contemporary culture (e.g. media, TV, films, novels etc.) afford us pressing insights into the complex relationships between violence, borders, security, sovereignty and global capital.

Wednesday 30 May

Session 1 Chair: TBC
1.00pm - 2.30pm Ailsa Peate (Lancaster University):  Sexing it Up: Women, Popular Culture, and the War on Drugs in Mexico
  Claudia Nitschke (Newcastle University): An Army of Occupation - The ‘War on Drugs’ in The Wire
Session 2 Chair: Andrew Pepper (QUB)
3.00pm - 4.30pm John Kraniauskas (Birkbeck University), Narco-culture, narco-territory: on Breaking Bad
  Vincenzo Ruggiero (Middlesex University): Dirty Networks and Greed
Session 3 Chair: TBC
5.00pm - 5.45pm

Screening = discussion

Elayne McCabe (QUB), Losing a Whole Generation: Visualizing Global Trajectories of the Opiate Overdose Crisis in Massachusetts


Thursday 31 May

Session 4 Chair: Ricki O’Rawe (QUB)
10.00am - 11.30am Lucy Bollington (University of Cambridge): Expanding the Necropolitical Frame: Aesthetic and Political Theoretical Confrontations with Drug War Conflict in Mexico
  Joey Whitfield (Cardiff University): Narco culture/culture of prohibition: Mimesis in the aesthetics of the drug war
Session 5 Chair: Sarah Bowskill (QUB)
12.00pm - 1.30pm Sharae Deckard (University College Dublin): “Medellín on line two”:  Narco-epic and Drug War Capitalism in Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings
  Andrew Pepper (QUB), Violence, Representation, Ethics: Winslow and Bolaño

The symposium organisers would like to thanks the School of Arts, English and Languages, the Centre for the Americas, and Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice for their generous assistance in putting on this event.


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