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Pattern Recognition: An Interdisciplinary Colloquium-Event


Thursday, January 21, 2021
9:00 am—12:00 pm





Take a moment to pause and notice the multiple ways in which systems of law and governance now interface with their publics by joining us for this unique colloquium on Thursday, January 21, at 9 a.m. EST.

Democratic values such as those contained in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and human rights conventions are increasingly being sidelined, as print media and verbal communication shifts to digitized visual vocabularies and quantitative methods of prediction. In some cases, black letter law and established modes of address — and redress — have been displaced altogether by visual regimes (like surveillance camera networks and facial recognition software) or numeric narratives (including the algorithmic assessments of credit worthiness, medical predispositions, and probability of criminal recidivism).

These parallel universes operate according to their own logic, creating referential and connotative systems in which notions of truth, justice, and fairness are dangerously reconfigured. Such insidious technological and discursive shifts impose new and often impermeable categories of race, gender, and class that reinforce existing lines of segregation, while their decision-making power operates outside the traditional realm of accountability defined by jurisprudential notions of human agency. Our aim is to decipher the norms embedded in the syntax and semantics of justice as a system of governance, and to expose the hidden violence operating in these new genres of expression.

We invite participation, as well as short, informal presentations (max 10 minutes) by artists, lawyers, journalists, programmers, academics or other interested parties that make a contribution to understanding these new modes of seeing and being. Key questions we seek to address, by means of specific case studies, are:

  1. What makes these technologies and platforms so “ungovernable,” and what are the consequences, and for whom?
  2. How might our individual and combined disciplines and practices delineate an ethical stance or critical response?

To register your interest, and – if you would like to present – submit a 150 word description of your work/research, please click here or on the button below. The deadline to submit your work to present is January 8, 2020.

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