Critical Theory

Andrew Ferguson: The Rise of Big Data Policing

Andrew Ferguson: The Rise of Big Data Policing

“You have to take into account the history of race and surveillance when you're talking about any new predictive policing technology...Every time we have seen an innovation of surveillance, we've turned it on communities of color and poor people first.”

Jarrett Zigon: Disappointment

Jarrett Zigon: Disappointment

"I really think this is the most important intellectual work we could be doing today... A politics with a vision. A politics of worldbuilding. A politics that recognizes the long, hard work of it. A politics that goes beyond the weekend protest that looks good on TV and is more defined by the everyday, nitty-gritty, hard work of showing up and trying to build a new world.”

Trevor G. Smith: Politicizing Digital Space

Trevor G. Smith: Politicizing Digital Space

"This goes back to why Arendt argued that we needed 'public' and 'private.' The 'private' is kind of a refuge from politics. Even though politics is a good thing, you don't want to be in it and doing it all the time because that's exhausting."

Tony D. Sampson: The Assemblage Brain

Tony D. Sampson: The Assemblage Brain

"I managed to refuse to have a mobile phone... I can sit there in a train carriage, look out the window, and, of course there’s some kind of mediation going on there, but it’s free from the kind of mediation which seems to consume most of us most of the time."

Shannon Winnubst: Way Too Cool

Shannon Winnubst: Way Too Cool

"Until we're able to speak about this racism as something that's coming out of 'us' -- and here I'm speaking particularly as a white person -- out of our culture more broadly, then we don't have a chance of really trying to handle what this persistent racism is."

Amy Allen: The End of Progress

Amy Allen: The End of Progress

"My anxiety about the future of critical theory is partly that if it doesn't figure out a way to engage more with other kinds of critical traditions--postcolonial theory is one example, but also feminist theory and queer theory and critical philosophy of race--then I worry about the extent to which this project has a robust future."