Technology & Society Distinguished Speaker Series: Ezekiel Dixon-Román on “Black Techno-Conjuring & Algorithmic Governance”
March 21, 2022
Please join us for an upcoming event in the Technology & Society Distinguished Speaker Series: Advancing Human Values in a Digital Age.
Ezekiel Dixon-Román, Director, MS in Social Policy Program, University of Pennsylvania, will give a talk titled “Black Techno-Conjuring & Algorithmic Governance“ on Monday, March 21, 2022 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET in Riggs Library in Healy Hall.
In this talk, Ezekiel Dixon-Román will discuss some of the interventions he is making in his current book, Haunting Algorithms. In this book, he is rereading French philosopher Jacques Derrida’s hauntology from the perspectives of new materialisms and Black radical thought. More specifically, he is rethinking the recursive enfolding of colonial racializing events in today’s forms of algorithmic governance. He attempts to trace the formation of the transparent subject of the post-Enlightenment through the logic of statistics and cybernetics that he claims constitute the epistemo-logics of algorithmic governance. This talk will draw from both a case study of predictive policing in conversation with a media analysis of the Epix TV series Condor. He will end by arguing how haunting is a condition of possibility, pointing toward what he calls a black-techno conjuring.