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An afternoon with Gregory Mitchell at The Williams Bookstore

Fri, December 9th, 2022
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm

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     Join us for an afternoon conversation about Gregory Mitchell’s new book, Panics without Borders: How Global Sporting Events Drive Myths about Sex Trafficking, between the author, Williams College Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) major Diana Gonzalez-Castillo, and Visiting Assistant Professor Greta Snyder. Panics without Borders examines police violence against female sex workers during periods preceding mega-events like the World Cup and the Olympics. In particular, it explores the overlapping interests of evangelical Christian groups, radical feminist organizations, neoliberal business developers, and corrupt state security apparatuses.  Mitchell draws from interviews with sex workers, politicians, activists, policy makers, and intelligence officials on the ground in Brazil, South Africa, Russia, Japan, the UK, and Qatar to examine nationalistic spectacles deployed during such events.
     Gregory Mitchell is Chair and Associate Professor at Williams College in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Previously, he was a senior visiting scholar serving as the ACLS Burkhardt Fellow in Gender & Sexuality Studies at Princeton University as well as a Bellagio Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation in Lake Como, Italy. His research has been published in GLQ, American Ethnologist, SAQ, Brasiliana: A Journal of Brazilian Studies, PLURAL, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and The Wagadu Journal of Transnational Feminist Studies, as well as in many edited volumes in Brazil and the United States.  He has received awards three times from the American Anthropological Association as well as the Lila Heston Award from the National Professional Association of Communication Arts and Sciences for outstanding research.

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