Control Societies Speaker Series: Bernard Harcourt

Control Societies speaker series
03 Apr 2018 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Annenberg School, 3620 Walnut Street, Room 500

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About Bernard Harcourt

Bernard E. Harcourt is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of  Law, Professor of Political Science, Executive Director of the Eric H.  Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights, and Founding Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University. His scholarship intersects social and political theory, the sociology of punishment, and penal law and procedure.

He has authored several books, including The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens (Basic Books, 2018), Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (Harvard University Press, 2015), The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Harvard University Press, 2011), and Occupy: Three Inquiries in Disobedience (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

Harcourt is a directeur d’etudes at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris. He has taught at several universities, including, most recently, as the University of Chicago’s Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Political Science and chairman of the political science department. Harcourt represented death row inmates in Montgomery, Ala., at what is now the Equal Justice Initiative. He continues to represent inmates sentenced to death or life imprisonment without parole pro bono. He has also served on human rights missions in South Africa and Guatemala. Harcourt served as visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2016-2017.

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.

The final lecture of the 2017-2018 series with be on April 9 with Elvin Wyly of the 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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