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CfP: Technology and Culture – Policing Crises Now

The Cultural Studies Association’s Working Group on Technology and Culture
invites submissions for the 14th Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies
Association (U.S.), to be held at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA,
June 2-5, 2016.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Policing Crises Now.” We encourage
submissions of panels or individual papers that are in dialogue with this
theme, but we will consider all submissions that address issues relevant to
science and technology studies or that explore the broad relationship
between technology and culture, or ways in which specific technologies and
cultures are related.

Topics related to “policing” and technology may include but are not limited

– Data-driven security and digital surveillance, and their deployment in
financial and international relations / military / police contexts — the
revival of “debtor’s prison”
– Identity formations as modes of subjection and resistance
– Media (old, new, social) representations of anti-Black police violence
in the US (and elsewhere)
– Activisms and rebellions against policing and prisons, recently in
Ferguson, Baltimore, under the rubric of Black Lives Matter as well as or
in relation to long standing efforts and organizations (especially local to
Villanova or Philadelphia)
– Representational strategies and strategic representations (by the
state, by artists, by activists) of violence, debt, police
– Technologies involved in the restructuring of universities for
increased managerial control and insecuritization of faculty, etc.
– Campuses as a historical context of policing politicization in the
name of the public; the emerging context of campus privatization and
securitization; new techniques, strategies, and rationales for campus

Please submit (via email) the following by February 1, 2016:
a. Your name, email address, department, and institutional affiliation.
b. A 500-word (or less) abstract for the paper proposed, including a paper
c. Audio-visual equipment needs (requests for AV equipment cannot be
honored later).
d. Include in the email subject line: CSA/Technology & Culture Submission.

Please send all required information to the Co-Chairs of the Working Group
on Technology & Culture: Chris Sula ( and Mark Nunes (

Travel grants are available for partial reimbursement to graduate and
advanced undergraduate students who planning to present (

Categories: Algorithmic Authoritarianism and Digital Repression