"'A Governmental Habit of Thought': Respectability and Black Twitter," André Brock

André Brock 2.26.2018

Control Societies Speaker Series
Lecture Title: "'A Governmental Habit of Thought': Respectability and Black Twitter"
Speaker: André Brock


About André Brock:
André Brock is an interdisciplinary scholar, with a master’s degree in English and Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Library and information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an assistant professor in communication studies at the University of Michigan.

His scholarship includes published articles on racial representations in videogames, black women and weblogs, whiteness, blackness, and digital technoculture, as well as innovative and groundbreaking research on Black Twitter. The author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, Brock’s writings have appeared in prominent journals like “Media, Culture, and Society,” New Media and Society, Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, and Information, Communication and Society. Brock is currently working on a book titled Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures.  

About Control Societies:
Control Societies was started as part of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s initiative on Culture, Society, and Critical Policy Studies in order to feature and engage cutting edge scholarship on the enumerating acts of governmentality in computational culture and the incalculable possibilities of justice. For the 2017/2018 academic year, the School of Social Policy & Practice will continue its speaker series in partnership with the Annenberg School for Communication, which produces scholarship on the social, cultural, economic, and political implications of digital information and communication technologies, networks, and systems. Through the speaker series, the organizers aim to explore the philosophical foundations of algorithms, data, and their intersections with governmentality, surveillance, social policy, and the reconfiguring of power relations.