CST Spring 2015 Colloquium Series

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
4:10-6:00 pm, 3201 Hart

Simone Browne, Assistant Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Black. Life. Forms.

This paper will look at the technologies of tracking blackness in the archive of slavery (from the slave ship Brookes, ledgers and runaway notices to biometrics), escape, and Sylvia Wynter’s writings on maroonage and revolt in her Black Metamorphosis to discuss how anti-colonial practices can continue to inform a critique, and sometimes rebellion, when it comes to the biotechnological management of life.

Biography: Simone Browne researches and teaches in the areas of Surveillance, Social Media, Social Network Sites, and Black Diaspora Studies. Professor Browne’s book manuscript, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (in press, Duke University Press) examines surveillance with a focus on slavery, biometric information technology, airports, borders, and creative texts.

Cosponsors: Militarization Research Group, American Studies, African American and African Studies, Cinema and Technocultural Studies, Science and Technology Studies, English, and Sociology