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POSTPONED to SPRING 2021. Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline: STS and the Carceral State

Keynote speaker: Keith Breckenridge, University of Witwatersrand

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Science and technology lie at the heart of the carceral state. Matters of modern law and order rely on state-of-the-art technoscience as ideological and practical resources. Scientific theories about human behavior influence legal interpretations of guilt, sanity, violence, and innocence. Biometric sensors, cameras, tasers, and electronic ankle bracelets surveil, discipline, control, punish, and contain populations. This conference brings together an international group of science and technology studies (STS) scholars—humanists and social scientists who have developed analytic tools and perspectives for systematically understanding the reciprocal relationships between science, technology, politics, and society—to rigorously address one of the major social justice and human rights issues of our times.

This is a two-day conference co-organized by the Program in Science, Technology & Society and the Science, Technology & Public Policy program. Keynote is cosponsored by the African Studies Center.
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