Episode 8.13 Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness—Examined

Discussing Simone Browne’s epistemology, ideas, and arguments: what persuaded us, and what didn’t?

Tagged: ethics, race, science, technology

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Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness—Explained, Simone Browne

Show Notes

The two main subjects we mentioned on the show as relevant were critical theory (and specifically critical race theory) and surveillance studies. Notably, while Browne describes herself as a black feminist and makes reference to the adjacent idea of intersectionality, she never explicitly refers to critical (race) theory. We applied the term to her work based on the historical and interpretive methods she used.

Reminder: as noted in 8.12, Stephen was definitely recording from a closet and some of his level drops are a result of (potentially) getting hit in the face with a sweater:

screenshot of our Zoom call with Stephen in a closet

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