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Databite No. 132: On Race and Technoculture | André Brock
Join us online for André Brock, author of Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures, in conversation with Data & Society’s Director of Research Sareeta Amrute as part of Data & Society’s classic Databite series. Brock’s book asks where Blackness manifests in the ideology of Western technoculture. Using critical technocultural discourse analysis (Brock, 2018), Afro-optimism, and libidinal economic theory, this Databite employs Black Twitter as an exemplar of Black cyberculture: digital practice and artifacts informed by a Black aesthetic.

Once enslaved, historically disenfranchised, never deemed literate, Blackness is understood as the object of Western technical and civilizational practices. This critical intervention for internet research and science and technology studies (STS) reorients Western technoculture to visualize Blackness as technological subjects rather than as “things.” Hence, Black technoculture.

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May 29, 2020 02:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. André Brock
Associate Professor of Media Studies @Georgia Tech University
Dr. André Brock is an associate professor of media studies at Georgia Tech. His scholarship examines racial representations in social media, video games, Black women and weblogs, whiteness, and technoculture, including innovative and groundbreaking research on Black Twitter. His first book, titled Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures (NYU Press, February 2020), theorizes Black everyday lives mediated by networked technologies.
Sareeta Amrute
Director of Research @Data & Society
Sareeta Amrute unsettles tech research through decolonizing strategies, analyzes sensation and immigration, and reimagines cashless economies together with communities in the Global South. Her recent book, Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin, is an account of the relationship between cognitive labor and embodiment, told through the stories of programmers from India who move within migration regimes and short-term coding projects in corporate settings. Encoding Race, Encoding Class was awarded the 2017 Diana Forsythe Prize in the anthropology of science, technology, and medicine, conferred jointly by the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing and the Society for the Anthropology of Work, and the 2019 International Convention of Asian Studies Book Prize for the Social Sciences. Amrute is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington.