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Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline: Science, Technology and the Carceral State

05/14/2021, 12:00 pm - 06/11/2021, 12:00 pm

Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline mobilizes an international comparative perspective to interrogate a number of fundamental questions: How do forensic ideals of evidentiary truth and legal ideals of guilt, innocence, and punishment shape scientific and technical expertise and vice versa? What kinds of carceral technologies are being produced and what worlds do they imagine? How must citizens and societies remake themselves in order to fit these new technologies? In what ways are the visions of development and progress articulated in our innovation policies based upon long-standing forms of social and political subjugation and containment? What are the technological, ideological, and legal connections between patrolling national borders and policing domestic populations? How do people evade, resist, and endure carceral technologies and expertise? Our goal is to encourage deeper investigations of the role of science and technology in shaping the carceral state while also inspiring research on how the carceral state has influenced science and innovation.

Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline: Science, Technology, and the Carceral State is a series of weekly events held virtually every Friday between May 14 and June 11, 2021 at noon Eastern. 

Visit the Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline website for more information and to register. Attendance at each event's webinar requires separate registration — please see "Event Schedule" page for registration links.

This webinar series is co-sponsored by ESC: The Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing