I’m headed to Davis next week for the next stop on my book tour for Blood Cultures: Medicine, Media, and Militarisms. In Davis, I’ll be giving a talk called “Crimson Empire: Blood and Nation from Alcatraz Island to Guantánamo Bay.”
About “Crimson Empire”
Spilling blood, managing blood, banking blood, and even sucking blood defined 20th-century American empire. In this talk, Cathy Hannabach examines how blood saturated the twentieth-century US cultural imaginary, slipped into laws and policies, flowed across screens, and seeped into our most intimate encounters. In sites as varied as Alcatraz Island, California, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Hannabach traces how these gendered, sexualized, and racialized blood practices were violently mobilized in the service of US empire, as well as creatively transformed by feminist, anticolonial, anticapitalist, and queer artists and activists.
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