S&F Conference: Subverting Surveillance: Strategies to End State Violence

Simone Brown, Dylan Rodriguez, Nandita Sharma, and Dean Spade
February 16-17, 2018
Scholar and Feminist Conference
Diana Center, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Co-Sponsors: Barnard Library

Description Program


This year’s Scholar and Feminist Conference will bring together a broad community of thinkers and organizers to grapple with the ever-deepening penetration of surveillance practices into everyday life, and ways to engage in self-defense against the militarized, racist police state’s demands for constant access in the name of “security” and public order. Sessions will focus on technologies of surveillance and self-defense; the normalization of the in/security state; and medical-legal surveillance. Our keynote speaker Simone Brown, author of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness, will open the conference by grounding us in the prescient and deeply entrenched legacies of anti-black racism and white supremacy in state, social, and capitalist systems.

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Please note: The program is subject to adjustments, and times will be added in the coming weeks. 

Friday, February 16

Selling the In/Security State 
Featuring selections from the film “Pinkwashing Exposed” and a panel discussion

Saturday, February 17

Keynote: Simone Brown, author of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness 

Panel 1: Policing Biology 

Panel 2: Normalizing the In/Security State (Part 1)

Panel 3: Normalizing the In/Security State (Part 2) 

Technology and Surveillance Self-Defense Workshops: Documenting police violence, protecting your electronic data, and other topics 


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