GB Talks | Rising to the Surface: Practicing Solidarity Futures
Rising to the Surface: Practicing Solidarity Futures features online lectures, public debates, and workshops that converge to address grassroots democratization movements from across the world.
Hosting experimental formats of gathering and discussion, the Forum centers around four main topics, including digital surveillance, land rights movements, choreographies of resistance,
and the pro-democracy movements from Istanbul and Tibet to Hong Kong and Gwangju.
The Forum invites artists, activists, and civil society actors to discuss shared vocabularies on strategies of public dissent, civic advocacy, healing public trauma, indigenous solidarity, and environmental activism,
as well as the feminist legacy of the grassroots democratization movements from the 1980s onward.
This program draws on Gwangju’s history, public spirit, and various community allegiances,
with historical moments of the Donghak Peasant Revolution, the Gwangju Students Independent Movement,
the 5.18 Democratic Movement, and the June Democracy Movement.
Keynote Talk | Ruha Benjamin | September 19, 2020, 9:00–10:30PM Gwangju time
Race to the Future? Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology & Society
❍ Online Participation
- ID : 923 5892 6941
- PW : 189833
From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to racist practices of a previous era.
In this talk, Ruha explores a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity -- what she terms the “New Jim Code.” This presentation takes us into the world of biased bots,
altruistic algorithms, and their many entanglements, and provides conceptual tools to decode tech promises with historically and sociologically-informed skepticism.
It will also consider how race itself is a kind of tool designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice and discuss how technology is and can be used toward liberatory ends.
In doing so, Ruha challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold, but also the ones we manufacture ourselves.
Image: Courtesy of Ruha Benjamin
Ruha Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (2019). For more info visit www.ruhabenjamin.com.