Science and technologies of racial capitalism

Type: Panel
Theme: Geographies of Human Rights: The Right to Benefit from Scientific Progress
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Cabinet Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Brian Jordan Jefferson, Daniel Gonzalez
Chairs: Brian Jordan Jefferson

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While the spread of algorithmic governance, network society, and smart cities has galvanized interest in science and technology studies throughout geography, few geographers have analyzed how logics of social difference mediate these developments. This lacuna is significant not only because information communication technologies are mobilized by the state and private sector to differentiate populations and places according to extant modes of racialization and coloniality, but also because socially differentiated exclusion, extraction, and exploitation create conditions for the mass production of these technologies. Ignoring these dimensions of the digital revolution not only limits understandings of how it is transforming the production of social space, it also reinforces the erasure of violences implicit to the information technology industry. This panel is intended to address these deficiencies. In specific, we employ the analytic of racial capitalism to foreground the differential geographies intrinsic to technologized forms of governance and accumulation, including, but not limited to, geographies of electronic waste, enclosure, displacement, dispossession, resource extraction, and state-sanctioned violence.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Andrea Miller University of California - Davis 15
Panelist Isaac Rivera University of Washington 15
Panelist Marlene Nava Ramos CUNY - Graduate Center 15
Panelist Charmaine Chua Oberlin College 15
Panelist Wesley Attewell The University of British Columbia 15
Discussant Juan De Lara University of Southern California 20

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