Carceral Capitalism

When and Where

Friday, March 29, 2019 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OISE 5-210
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6


Rising incarceration rate, financial profits, municipal revenues from fines, algorithmic policing, automated processing, extraction and looting, and gratuitous violence. What do these things tells us about modern capitalism? 

Carceral Capitalism: Jackie Wang in conversation with Devyn Springer 

On March 29, join us for a conversation between Jackie Wang and Devyn Springer. 

Jackie Wang's 2018 book Carceral Capitalism (MIT Press) explains how predatory lending and parasitic governance link with racial capitalism and carceral techniques. Jackie is “a student of the dream state, black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, performer, library rat, trauma monster, and PhD candidate at Harvard University.” In Carceral Capitalism, Jackie argues that "racialized economic practices and modes of governance” come together to solve a series of modern crises generated by financial capitalism.

Devyn Springer is an Atlanta-based writer, editor, artist, and published author of 'Grayish-Black: poetry from the ribs.' Devyn’s work focuses on exploring the space where the socio-political meets the personal; the small place where race, class, sexuality, and art combine to create grand conversations on the ways in which systems of domination affect our everyday lives; the often poetic and sometimes sobering realities of life as a Black, queer, Muslim navigating a world much too small for itself. Devyn also hosts Groundings, a podcast “where organizing, theory, and history come in contact with dialogue, experience, and storytelling."

The event space is accessible, including wheelchair accessible. 

This event is organized by graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Toronto.

Contact Information


U of T's Equity Studies Program, Intersections: Labour and Economic Geographies Cluster, Department of Geography and Planning, School of Cities, Centre for the Studies of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6