CANCELED: Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline: Science, Technology & the Carceral State

Thursday, April 09, 2020 2:00 pm
Friday, April 10, 2020 9:00 am
All events in the Michigan Room at the Michigan League

**Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has been canceled.  We are working to reschedule for a future date or deliver this content in a different format. Check this page or follow @fordschool on Twitter for updates. Learn more here about the University of Michigan's new university-wide measures regarding classes and events.**

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.

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.

Registration information and a full schedule of events are available at the conference website

Co-Organized by the Science, Technology, and Society Program and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

Hosted By

Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP)