Whiteness in Decline: The Emotional Politics of White Nationalist Resurgence

Visiting scholar Paula Ioanide will lecture on emotional politics and its ties to the resurgence of white nationalism.

“Paula Ioanide offers fresh insights into the relationship between social order and alienation, showing the interrelation of explanatory and affective modes that perpetuate gendered racial hierarchy.”

—Ruth Wilson Gilmore on Ioanide’s book The Emotional Politics of Racism

As part of the “Critical Issues in Cultural Studies: The ‘Forgotten Man’ in the Trump Era” series, Paula Ioanide will discuss emotional politics and its ties to the resurgence of white nationalism. Ioanide will examine imagined and real losses in entitlement and status that white Americans have recently come to expect, arguing that the “reactionary emotional politics of white nationalism indicate both the precarious structure of white domination and the effectiveness of racial justice movements.”

Ioanide, author of The Emotional Politics of Racism, is an associate professor of comparative race and ethnicity studies at Ithaca College’s Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity. In her teaching and research, she examines “social and spiritual wounds” caused by injustices such as mass incarceration and militarized policing. In addition to her research, Ioanide organizes against prison and jail expansion in upstate New York. On her Ithaca College faculty page,  Ioanide writes that she “believes in creating social justice cultures and movements that foster healing, interdependence, dignity and freedom.”

Whiteness in Decline: The Emotional Politics of White Nationalist Resurgence
Thursday, April 12
4-6 p.m.
Collins Hall
624 S. Michigan Ave.