Historicizing Surveillance: Talks by Simone Browne & Simon Cole

BIOSurveillance Research Colloquium featuring: Prof. Simone Browne, UT Austin & Prof. Simon Cole, UC Irvine

Simone Browne, "Draw a black line through it: On the Surveillance of Blackness"
Situating blackness as an absented presence in the field of surveillance studies, this talk questions how a realization of the conditions of blackness-- the historical, the present, and the historical present-- can help social theorists understand our contemporary conditions of surveillance. Simone Browne is Associate Professor in the Department of African and American Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Simon A. Cole, "Identity or 'Mere Identification?' Biometric Databases from Fingerprinting to DNA"
This talk traces the history of biometric identification technologies from their origins through to the present and the ethical and humanistic issues that have persistently been raised by them. It then discusses how we should understand these issues in the present moment of rapid technological advancement. It focuses in particular on the relationship between "mere" identification and broader notions of identity--behavioral, racial, and so on, and implications for the increasing expansion of genetic databases. Simon Cole is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of the Newkirk Center for Science and Society at the University of California, Irvine.

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2:00pm


Humanities 1 Building
420 Hagar Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95064

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