Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests over police brutality and racism, the US is holding its elections. America’s democratic infrastructure is under unprecedented strain as it attempts to hold a federal election largely through mail-in ballots, while incumbent President Donald Trump continues to make unsubstantiated claims of mass voter fraud and refuses to commit to accepting an election loss. This presentations will examine how the US political system functions, in particular systemic voter suppression against Black, people of colour, poor, and women voters, and critical contestations by different populations to claim the vote. They will also reflect on the US presidential election, its implications for Canada and the world, and conceptions of democracy and the commons in the United States and beyond.
Join Adam Churchard, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics, who's research focuses on international relations, US electoral politics, and growing concerns over election security in the US and around the world; in conversation with Anna M. Agathangelou a professor in the department of Politics at York University and the editor of Time, Temporality and Violence in International Relations: (De) Fatalizing the present and Creating Radical Alternatives (with Kyle D. Killian) (Routledge 2016) and the author of Transforming World Politics: From Empire to Multiple Worlds. (Routledge 2009).