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Affective Technologies: Gender, Race, and Behavioral Biometrics

Shoshana Magnet, Associate Professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa will deliver a lecture entitled, "Affective Technologies: Gender, Race, and Behavioral Biometrics" on Thursday, April 6, 6:00 - 7:30pm, in Wilson 142. This seminar is part of the IHGC’s annual 2018 Humanities Week (April 2-6).


Earlier in the day, 3:30 - 5:00pm on April 5 in Wilson 142, Magnet will hold a faculty workshop and discussion of  her recent anthology, Feminist Surveillance Studies, co-edited with Rachel Dubrofsky. Contributors to this anthology use feminist theory to expose the ways in which surveillance practices and technologies are tied to systemic forms of discrimination that serve to normalize whiteness, able-bodiedness, capitalism, and heterosexuality. Published in 2015, the collection explores questions of gender, race, class, and sexuality that have largely been left unexamined in surveillance studies and provides new directions for analyzing surveillance. 



Shoshana Magnet is Associate Professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is co-editor of Feminist Surveillance Studies (2015) and the author of When Biometrics Fail: Race, Gender and the Technology of Identity (2011). She completed her Ph.D. at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; her master's degree in Sociology and Equity Studies at the University of Toronto; and her undergraduate degree in Arts & Science at McMaster University.