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Lisa Nakamura: Estranging Digital Racial Terrorism After COVID

How to Become a High-Tech Anti-Discrimination Activist Collective

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2).

This talk argues that COVID-19 forced an accelerated migration to digital networks that exposed new audiences to traumatically racist digital events as well as new openings for critique and resistance. Hundreds of Zoom conference calls hosting woman of colour organizing meetings and online classes have been disrupted by swastika and blackface imagery, demonstrating the everydayness of racial violence. What material, theoretical, and political work can we do to redefine racism and sexism as alien to the network? What opportunities for estranging digital racism from our lifeworlds might surface?

Followed by Safiya Umoja Noble: Algorithms of Oppression – How Search Engines Reinforce Racism


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