Control Societies Speaker Series: André Brock

"A Governmental Habit of Thought": Respectability and Black Twitter
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26 Feb 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Annenberg School, 3620 Walnut Street, Room 500

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About the Talk

As Black culture has moved online, the influence of historical Black institutions on everyday life has changed. This presentation examines how Black respectability - a governmental in-group response to the iniquities of White supremacy - has been reduced, as well as distorted, thanks to social media.

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 Speaker Series

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.

Future lectures include:

  • March 12: Liz de Freitas, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • March 27: Bernard Harcourt, Columbia University
  • April 9: Elvin Wyly, University of British Columbia

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Additional funding is provided by the Provost Excellence Through Diversity Fund and Price Digital Humanities Lab.

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