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DCS | Digital Culture and Society | Vol. 5, Issue 1 | © transcript 2019 DOI 10.14361/dcs-2019-0103 Big Data Biopolitics Computing Racialised Assemblages in Terrorist Watchlist Matching Gary Kafer Abstract This article considers the medial logics of American terrorist watch- list screening in order to study the ways in which digital inequities result from specific computational parameters. Central in its analy- sis is Secure Flight, an automated prescreening program run by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that identifies low- and high

Coming to Terms with the Injuries of Normality

-existence of discrepant imaginaries and ways of being. There are implications for issues of identity, biopolitics, and for cultural analysis. Problemat i zat ions In what follows, I want to focus on what the postcolonial recognition of the ubiquity of diasporas and the emergence of a new problematic about transcul- tural processes mean for rethinking the questions of culture and identity from the point of view of the heterogeneity of spatiality and temporality. One of my aims is to challenge some long-standing assumptions in the discourse of mod- ernity about

Dementia on the canvas Art and the biopolitics of creativity SCOTT SELBERG There is a developing trend in research and public interest in the conflu- ence of art and Alzheimer’s disease. 1 Indeed, for scientists and a weary public increasingly desperate for ways to combat the disease, art represents a hopeful site of progress, despite only modest advances in understanding exactly how art and dementia intersect. For many, creative expression allows for the performance of the very individuality that Alzheimer’s seems to threaten, but it does so

21st century African biopolitics: fuzzy fringes, cracks and undersides, neglected backwaters, and returning politics P. Wenzel Geissler, Richard Rottenburg, Julia Zenker INTRODUCTION This volume, based on a workshop organised by the research group Law Organisation Science and Technology (LOST), and held at the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, in June 2009, is about biomedicine and governance in Africa. Biomedicine was introduced to the continent in line with its own evolution as 19th century scientific endeavour, and its

New biopolitics? The articulation of demographic aims and gender policies in international population programs SUSANNE SCHULTZ In recent years, a number of researchers in governmentality studies1 have claimed to trace the emergence of a new global regime of biopolitics (Heath/Rapp/Taussig 2004; Lemke 2000; 2004; Rabinow/Rose 2003; Rose 2001; Rose/Novas 2002). This new regime, they posit, is no longer based on the management of the population as a whole, and its novelty lies in the development of new forms of “biological citizenship.” They

Between self-determination and social technology. Medicine, biopolitics and the new techniques of procedural management An introduction KATHRIN BRAUN Doctor’s attitudes toward patients are terribly condescending, especially toward women. You aren’t supposed to read the record of your own body, and you are scolded like a child if you do. Doctors withhold information that you are dying. They withhold information that you might have a difficult pregnancy or childbirth. In playing God, their attitude is that you must have complete confidence in

Embodied Narrations of the End of Life Toward A Thanatological Biopolitics of Modern Culture Heike Hartung The theorizing of the body has differentiated our knowledge of the histor- ically changing human attitudes towards death (Ariès), enabling investi- gations into the liminal experience of dying in modernity (Elias). Whereas the topic of death has been a continuous aesthetic and existential focus of art, literature and philosophy, the interdisciplinary focus on dying can be dated to the second half of the twentieth century. This is closely related to

“We are not paid—they just give us”: Liberalisation and the longing for biopolitical discipline around an African HIV prevention trial P. Wenzel Geissler1 INTRODUCTION The end of the monolithic biopolitical collective From the vantage point of the mid-20th century, it seemed as if an almost inevitable connection existed between ideas and practices shaping the well-being of people’s bodies, and the larger body of the national collective, represented by its government. The somatic existence of citizens and the larger form of the nation-state jointly

A New Materialist Theory of Technology and the Body
Series: Science Studies