digitalculturesnews 2015-2016 Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies Presents Prof. Wadie Said on Crimes of Terror

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Please join the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies next week Tuesday for a discussion with Professor Wadie Said (University of South Carolina School of Law) on the implications of terrorism prosecutions and Wednesday with Professor Wendy Hui Kyong Chun (Brown University) on habitual new media. Please circulate!

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

Open to the Public | Lunch will be provided

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

Abstract: The U.S. government’s power to categorize individuals as terrorist suspects and therefore ineligible for certain long-standing constitutional protections has expanded exponentially since 9/11, all the while remaining resistant to oversight. Crimes of Terror: The Legal and Political Implications of Federal Terrorism Prosecutions provides a comprehensive and uniquely up-to-date dissection of the government’s advantages over suspects in criminal prosecutions of terrorism. In this critical examination of terrorism prosecutions in federal court, Professor Said reveals a phenomenon at odds with basic constitutional protections for criminal defendants.

Wadie Said‘s scholarship analyzes the challenges inherent in the modern terrorism prosecution, covering such topics as coercive interrogation, the use of informants, and the ban on providing material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations.

Professor Said was an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Florida, where he represented one of the defendants in U.S. v. Al-Arian, a complex terrorism conspiracy case. He clerked for Chief Judge Charles P. Sifton of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and worked as a litigation associate in the New York office of Debevoise and Plimpton. Wadie Said graduated from Princeton University and the Columbia University School of Law.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 (Open to the public, RSVP for discussion paper)

Habitual New Media
Speaker: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

Please RSVP to Uyen Le at uple if you are interested in a copy of Professor Chun’s discussion paper

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 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

Abstract: New media—we are told—exist at the bleeding edge of obsolescence. We thus forever try to catch up, updating to remain the same. Meanwhile, analytic, creative, and commercial efforts focus exclusively on the next big thing: figuring out what will spread and who will spread it the fastest. In Habitual New Media,Wendy Hui Kyong Chun argues that our media matter most when they seem not to matter at all–when they have moved from “new” to habitual. Through habits, Chun says, we become our machines: we stream, update, capture, upload, link, save, trash, and troll. Why do we view our networked devices as “personal” when they are so chatty and promiscuous? What would happen, Chun asks, if, rather than pushing for privacy that is no privacy, we demanded public rights–the right to be exposed, to take risks and to be in public–and not be attacked?

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006), and Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT, 2011). She is co-editor (with Tara McPherson and Patrick Jagoda) of a special issue of American Literature entitled "New Media and American Literature," co-editor (with Lynne Joyrich) of a special issue of Camera Obscura entitled "Race and/as Technology" and co-editor (with Anna Fisher and Thomas Keenan) of New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader, 2nd edition (forthcoming Routledge, 2015). She is the Velux Visiting Professor of Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School; she has been the Wayne Morse Chair for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon, Visiting Professor at Leuphana University (Luneburg, Germany), Visiting Associate Professor in the History of Science Department at Harvard, of which she is currently an Associate. She has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and a Wriston Fellow at Brown. Her forthcoming monograph is entitled Habitual New Media (forthcoming MIT, 2016).

UPCOMING EVENTS

Don’t forget to visit our website (http://surveilled.us) for more information on upcoming events.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (Please note: this event is no longer open to the public)

Working the Stack: Exploits, Topologies, Ontologies

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

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

Open to the Public | 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

Open to the Public | Lunch will be provided

said_2015-10-27.pdf
chun_2015-10-28-update.pdf
SurveillanceDemocracies-Fall2015 Updated.pdf