2017-2018 Lecture Series - LAW and the VISIBLE


The Law and the Visible  lecture series is sponsored by the John and Mary Greenbaum '52 Fund and the Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought at Amherst College.

A few words about our theme. 

With the rise of new technologies for seeing and recording the world, we have entered an era in which perception seem infinite.  The drone, for example, extends the possibilities of cellphone imaging technology, capturing life in real time from seemingly impossible vantage points.  Whether searching out an enemy behind national borders, scoping out illicit activities on nominally private property, or stretching a regulatory eye into places and events heretofore unreachable, such technologies offer the promise of a decentered, all-seeing eye that can attack and attest, invade and rescue, without evident human presence.  The proliferation of cameras monitoring city streets and buildings, police dashboard cameras, and cellphone videos are everywhere. Boundaries and jurisdictional lines become porous in this depersonalized new surveillance regime as all-seeing cameras act both as an extension of the human eye and will, and as mechanisms seemingly acting with their own agency.

This series will ask the following: What pressures do such technologies place on liberal legal regimes?  How might they alter our conceptions of property, privacy, and jurisdiction; or reorient liberal assumptions about human responsibility and agency; or inflect new technologies of state or private violence?  In what ways do they alter the landscape of policing and proof?  Do they generate a new aesthetics or epistemology of legal visibility? 

Please Mark your calendars for these speakers!

 

 
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  September 21, 2017 - Thursday
 4:30pm
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 Eden Osucha, Associate Professor of English, Bates College

"Between the Body Cam and the Black Body: The Post-Panoptic Racial Interface"
 
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October 26, 2017 -  Thursday  
 4:30pm
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Torin Monahan, Professor of Communications, University of North Carolina

"Arts of Surveillance: Exploring the Visual Politics of Counterarchives"

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December 7, 2017  - Thursday
4:30pm
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Jennifer Petersen, Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia

"The View from the Machine:  The Challenge of Ubiquitous Recording to Humanist Conceptions of Vision and Subjectivity"
 
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Feb. 15, 2018 -   Thursday
4:30pm
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Benjamin Goold, Professor at the Peter Allard School of Law, The University of British Columbia

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     March 22, 2018  -  Tuesday
4:30pm   
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Carrie Rentschler, Assoicate Professor of Feminist Media Studies, Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University
 
"Technologies of Responsibility - Making Bystander Irresponsibility Visible in Social Media"

   
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April 19, 2018 - Thursday
4:30pm
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Kelli Moore, Assistant Professor - Media, Culture, Communication, New York University
 
"The Pessimistic Eye: Using Automatic Reporting Devices in Studies of Perceptual Bias in Legal Reasoning"
 
 

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