The talk is part of the "Migration, Technology & Postcolonial Genealogies" series organised by Dr.Martina Tazzioli with the support of Centre for Postcolonial Studies.
Taking a long view on data politics – the ways in which accumulation of subjects proceeds with accumulation of knowledge – we can recognise four forms of power since the 17th century. We are most familiar with sovereign (straddling 17th and 18th centuries) and disciplinary (straddling 18th and 19th centuries) forms and to some extent with regulatory form (straddling 19th and 20th centuries). We are possibly experiencing the birth of sensory power since the 1980s, which is taking a recognisable form in the early 21st century. Is it yet possible to identify key mechanisms of this new form of power, determine forms of government it requires, and resistances that it precipitates?
The lecture builds on Bigo, Didier, Engin Isin, and Evelyn Ruppert, eds. 2019. Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights, Routledge Studies in International Political Sociology. London: Routledge. Open access: http://bit.ly/2IOL5pP.
Engin Isin is Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP).
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