"Subverting the State’s Policing Gaze: Genealogies of Surveillance" Mellon Symposium

Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 201 Media Production/Object Study Classroom
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Conference & Symposia
Fernandez, Noemi
Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

Subverting the State’s Policing Gaze: Genealogies of Surveillance

Mellon Symposium 2019

Organized by Aniko Szucs

March 28-29, 2019

Sponsored by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities 

The technologies and practices of surveillance have proliferated during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  Everyday life has perhaps never been so extensively and efficiently surveilled by the State and by corporate businesses as it is today. With old-new techologies, they perform the thought-policing and the racialized and gendered surveillance developed in large part with modernization and the growth of the State. In this way, these ‘control societies’ build on and mobilize long-standing surveillance practices.

This symposium, convened by Aniko Szucs, will bring together scholars from various disciplines to interrogate genealogies and technologies of surveillance in a comparative, transnational context, and will ask how the histories of state control and control societies inform contemporary surveillance practices. The sessions will explore the strategies with which both authoritarian and neoliberal regimes discipline and control dissenting sub- and countercultures and minoritarian groups and the subversive performances, actions, protests, and protest-performances that challenge, subvert, and re-appropriate the policing gaze.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Keynote Address

Simone Browne: "TL;DR: Excerpts and Addenda on the Surveillance of Blackness"

7:30 p.m.

Sharpless Auditorium 

Friday, March 29, 2019

All events in VCAM 201 unless otherwise noted.

9:00 to 9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks 

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Session 1 | "Suspicious Imperialist Subjects: The Surveillance of Michel Foucault and Angela Davis in communist Poland and Hungary"

Kata Krasznahorkai- "The 'Blacks of Society' in Eastern Europe: Subversive Happenings in solidarity with Angela Davis seen from the State Security`s Perspective in the 1970s"

Anna Krakus- "Foucault in Poland"

Cristina Vatulescu- "A Silent Archive."

11:00 am to 11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Session 2 | "Surveillance in the Contemporary U.S.: The Production of 'Suspicious' Bodies"

Toby Beauchamp- "On Bodies and Borders: Trans Politics, Citizenship, and Public Bathrooms"

Saher Selod- "The War on Terror: Racialized Surveillance of Muslim American Men and Women"

12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Session 3 |  "Surveillance in Experimental Performances, Performances of Experimental Surveillance"

James Harding, University of Maryland, College Park- "Improvisations at The Thin Blue Line: Reflections On The Unscripted Performances of the Police State"

Elise Morrison, Yale University- "Digital Naturalism and the New Avant-Garde: Performances of Biometric Resistance"

3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Session 4 | Roundtable Discussion

5:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks and Reception

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