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Speaker Series: Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic

Wednesday, June 5 at 5:00pm to 6:30am

Fenton Hall, 110
1021 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403

This term-long colloquium (RL623) looks at the ways in which disposable bodies and violence are fast becoming a cultural currency associated with the kingpin culture of narcotraffic. This is a key debate for which the humanities and the social sciences are very well positioned to encourage critical thinking of the consumer culture (both Netflix shows, as well as drug consumerism) undergirding the glamorization of narcotraffic. This program includes the Film Series on Monday evenings (GSH123 6-8.30pm) and various speakers on different Wednesday evenings (5-6.30pm), as a way to engage with pressing issues of human rights, globalization, and global health. These cultural texts need to be critically accessed through a humanistic inquiry into the production of networks of cultural representations that endorse honor codes, impunity, naturalized political corruption, and the (de)valorization of the human body, all part of the glorification of narcotraffic, itself an epitome of capitalist accumulation and neoliberal deregulation.