THE LECTURE SERIES
RSPI incubates emerging research on racial inequality for the VCU and Richmond community by convening a year-long lecture series for cutting-edge scholarship on topics that include: algorithmic stratification, environmental racism, digital labor, and intersectional approaches to contemporary inequalities.
Guest lecturers are invited to present research-in-progress on some dimension of race, space, and place in the digital society.
RSPI collaborators are currently examining:
How black women consumers exploit fin-tech, market inefficiencies, and beauty ideologies to build transnational economies
The intersections of racial capitalism and environmental policy in local, networked communities
The moral contracts in black popular culture
The demise of chocolate cities
Garveyism for contemporary scholarship and praxis
How communities experience eviction and housing insecurity
As you can see, RSPI interprets digital society as any paradigm that acknowledges technological change.
We welcome research from across the humanistic social sciences. Early and mid-career researchers who would benefit from constructive feedback and developing a research community are especially welcome.
Lecture details will be updated here as speakers are finalized.
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