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Writer in Residence Madison Snider: "The Vigilant Imagination of Abolition"

Portrait of Madison Snider: curled, shoulder-length brown hair, blue eyes, smiling at the camera. Blue brick background and wearing a blue t-shirt.



“What if abolition isn’t a shattering thing, not a crashing thing, not a wrecking ball event? What if abolition is something that sprouts out of the wet places in our eyes, the broken places in our skin, the waiting places in our palms, the tremble holding in my mouth when I turn to you? What if abolition is something that grows?”


— Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Abolition Now: Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex

Inaugural Simpson Center Writer in Residence, Madison Snider (Communication) has published her first article, "The Vigilant Imagination of Abolition." The article is the first installment in a three-part series around this year's Keywords, a series that explores specialized, complicated, contentious, or ambiguous terms. The video on "Abolition" is forthcoming, and, in the interim, we encourage you to read Snider's article on Medium.

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Madison Snider (she/her/hers)

Madison Snider (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington - Seattle. Her research intersects feminist science and technology studies (STS), labor studies, and critical infrastructure studies. She is curious about how emerging technologies shape, and are shaped by, an ethics of care. As the Writer in Residence at the Simpson Center for the Humanities, Madison hopes to engage in a thinking and writing practice with affiliated scholars, activists, and artists to weave together ideas and solutions toward a brighter future.