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Panel Discussion & Screening: “Politics from within Borders” with Ozgun Eylul Isscen, Nick Dyer-Witherford, Martina Tazziolo

December 9, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


The Critical Computation Bureau is pleased to invite you to the online symposium Recursive Colonialism, Artificial Intelligence, and Speculative Computation, which will take place between the 1st and the 12th of December, 2020.


Ozgun Eylul Iscen (Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry) will present “The Racial Politics of Smartness Mandate: Counterfuturisms Arising from the Middle East”. The collision of extractive, logistical, and financial operations, enabled by digital infrastructures, has escalated capital’s dependence on a racialized and gendered division of labor underlying the global supply chain. Consequently, we need to attend to multiple sites and social classes that come into contact, not bounded by the particularity of a given space per se but linked as nodes through which global capital and media operate. Hence, these expanding sites of extraction require a transnational perspective, which does not only look over from the North to the South but also within the Global South itself. With these concerns, this paper investigates the racialized patterns of labor, care, and waste in the Middle East by excavating the relationship between the spectacles of smart futures and contemporary urban inequalities.


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The event is funded by the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences (Duke University) in partnership with Social Policy and Practice (University of Pennsylvania) and the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale).


Wednesday, December 9 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


December 9, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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