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Composite Bodies Series | Michelle Goodwin in Conversation with Caroline Light and Patricia Williams

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A conversation on how structures of surveillance in the lives of women of color result in severe infringements on privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights.

September 16, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. | Zoom

Watch the recording here

The Composite Bodies Series is a partnership between the Northeastern University Humanities Center and Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. It is convened by Patricia Williams (University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, Northeastern University) and Caroline Light (Senior Lecture on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University).

About the Speakers

Michele Goodwin is an interdisciplinary feminist scholar, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine and host of the podcast On the Issues with Michele Goodwin

Patricia Williams is University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities at Northeastern University

Caroline Light is Senior Lecture on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University

About the Series

In a moment where our collective health depends on technological innovation – including “contact tracing” through the collection and storage of cell phone data – visual, biometric, and other forms surveillance collect us as pinpoints of data. Composite Bodies takes up questions of technology, surveillance, embodiment, and power from an intersectional feminist lens. Through critical engagements with law, philosophy, art, history, bioethics, criminology, and advocacy, this series will address how the machine measurement and tracking of bodies is reconceptualizing notions of privacy while complicating the boundaries of the body as an integrated whole, reproducing and reinforcing biases based on race, class, gender, and other historically disabling taxonomies.

Additional information can be found here.

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