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Composite Bodies Series | Michelle Goodwin in Conversation with Caroline Light and Patricia Williams

The Composite Bodies Series is a partnership between the Northeastern Humanities Center and Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. It is convened by Caroline Light (Senior Lecture on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University) and Patricia Williams (University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, Northeastern University).

About the Speakers

Michele Goodwin is an interdisciplinary feminist scholar, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine and host of the podcast On the Issues with Michele Goodwin

Caroline Light is Senior Lecture on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University

Patricia Williams is University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities at Northeastern University

About the Series

In a moment where our collective health depends on technological innovation – including “contact tracing” through the collection and storage of cell phone data – visual, biometric, and other forms surveillance collect us as pinpoints of data. Composite Bodies takes up questions of technology, surveillance, embodiment, and power from an intersectional feminist lens. Through critical engagements with law, philosophy, art, history, bioethics, criminology, and advocacy, this series will address how the machine measurement and tracking of bodies is reconceptualizing notions of privacy while complicating the boundaries of the body as an integrated whole, reproducing and reinforcing biases based on race, class, gender, and other historically disabling taxonomies.

Additional information can be found here.

Dial-In Information

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 5:00pm

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CSSH, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Humanities Center, Master Calendar



Sponsoring Organization

The Northeastern Humanities Center, CSSH Office of the Dean, and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University

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