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

Simone Browne, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Mariame Kaba, 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

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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

Self-Defense Labs
Workshops on technology and surveillance self-defense on topics including documenting police violence, protecting your electronic data, and others.
Featuring the Tor Project and Global Action Project
Additional workshops TBD

Selling the In/Security State 
Featuring selections from the film “Pinkwashing Exposed” and a panel discussion with Rabab Abdulhadi, Dylan Rodriguez, Nandita Sharma, and Dean Spade ’97

Saturday, February 17

Panel 1: Normalizing the In/Security State (Part 1)
Jordan Camp, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Christina Heatherton, and Mariame Kaba

Panel 2: Normalizing the In/Security State (Part 2)
Rachel Buff, Arun Kundnani, and Marlene Ramos

Panel 3: Policing Biology
Toby Beauchamp, Shoshana Magnet, Cara Page, Rori Rohlfs, and Harriet Washington

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

Details and Accessibility

This event is free and open to the public. The venue is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact BCRW for additional accessibility needs.



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