digitalculturesnews 2015-2016 Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies Presents Professor Peter Galison of Harvard University Tomorrow!

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The Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies is delighted to presentThursday’s lecture “Cultures of Collection and the State of Secrecy,” featuring Professor Peter Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics of Harvard University.

Cultures of Collection and the State of Secrecy
Speaker: Peter Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics, Harvard University

TOMORROW | Thursday, October 1, 2015 | Open to the public

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301
Lunch will be provided

Abstract: In this lecture, Professor Peter Galison will contrast two moments in the long history of surveillance―two moments that have and are reshaping the self. The first, set in 1915, is about the Freudian self and its emergence in the midst of the massive press and postal censorship of World War I. The aim is to offer a scheme for reading this episode of inner (psychic) and outer (political) censorship that begins with an examination of the specific procedures of intervention in mediated expression, then passes to techniques of evading the censor (condensation, displacement, concretization), and from there to the construction of Freud’s topographic schema of self. The second part, located in our troubled present of 2015, uses this same approach to look at the intelligence, commercial and academic construction (a hundred years after World War I) of a massive, permanent digital archive of mediated communication to be used for present and future data mining. It too then explores techniques of evading the surveillance, though not the same ones that Freud had in view. Galison concludes with a new schema of self that might be emerging from our own world of digital, ubiquitous inquiry.

Peter Galison is the Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in both Physics and the History of Science in 1983. His publications include Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics (1997) and Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps: Empires of Time (2003). His most recent book, co-authored with Lorraine Daston, is titled Objectivity (2007).

Peter Galison directed Secrecy (with Robb Moss), a 2008 documentary film examining the vast, invisible world of government secrecy. He has worked extensively with de-classified material in his studies of physics in the Cold War. His film on the moral-political debates over the H-bomb, Ultimate Weapon: The H-bomb Dilemma (with Pamela Hogan) has been shown frequently on the History Channel and is widely used in courses and seminars in the United States and abroad.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Innovation Studies

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please check our website (http://surveilled.us) for more information.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Preserving Democracy in a 24/7 Surveillance Society
Speaker: Jennifer Lynch, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301
Lunch will be provided

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Underscan, the Culture of Keeping Tabs
Speaker (video): Jacob Applebaum, Journalist and Hacker

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1001
Lunch will be provided

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Regulating the Chinese Internet in the Name of Civility
Speaker: Guobin Yang, Professor of Communication and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301
Lunch will be provided

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Crimes of Terror: The Legal and Political Implications of Federal Terrorism Prosecutions

Speaker: Wadie Said, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 2304

Lunch will be provided

Co-sponsored by the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Power, Programs and Paranoia

Speaker: Wendy Chun, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301 (please note the location change)

Lunch will be provided

Sponsored by UC Davis Mellon Research Initiative in Digital Cultures

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Working the Stack: Exploits, Topologies, Ontologies

Speaker: Julian Oliver, Artist and Engineer, The Critical Engineering Working Group, Germany

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

*** Date to be Rescheduled (originally Thursday, November 5, 3025)

Anonymous Culture

Speaker: Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, McGill University

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

Sponsored by UC Davis Mellon Research Initiative in Digital Cultures

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Big Data’s End Run Around Anonymity and Consent

Speaker: Helen Nissenbaum, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication and Computer Science, New York University

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Politics of Data Obfuscation

Speaker: Finn Brunton, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

Uyen P. Le

Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, Surveillance Democracies Seminar

Senior Research Fellow, California International Law Center

University of California, Davis School of Law

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