Technologies of Power
A Public Humanities Initiative
This year, as the US surpasses half a million deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic and domestic fascists attempt a coup, the country will also mark the 20th anniversary of the US-led Global War on Terror. How did global and national politics coalesce into this present?
Technologies of Power: Tracing Empire at Home and Abroad explores how technologies of power and empire have shaped multiple terrains domestically and transnationally. The wars ‘over there’ have a lot to tell us about struggles ‘over here’— and vice versa. From imperial projects that devastated entire regions in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa to the domestic expansion of explicit white supremacy, surveillance, and policing, US technologies of power have generated a multidirectional and dialectical relationship between foreign wars and domestic issues.
Technologies of Power will encourage intersectional conversations on race and empire that break the boundaries between ‘technology’ and ‘power,’ ‘domestic' and ‘foreign,’ 'home’ and ‘abroad.'
Organized by Madiha Tahir & Adrien Zakar in collaboration with Marwa Elshakry, Manan Ahmed & Brinkley Messick
Sponsored by Columbia University | Dean of Humanities' War and Peace Initiative with the support of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations & the Institute for the History and Philosophy (IHPST), University of Toronto, and CIB, Arizona State University
Speakers & Panels
Nick Estes, Moazzam Begg, Caren Kaplan
Samar Al-Bulushi, Darryl Li, John Muthyala
Kate Chandler, Brittany Meché, Eli Nelson
Helga Tawil-Souri, Darren Byler, Charlton McIlwain
Simone Browne, Nada Shabout, Ronak Kapadia
Priya Satia, Zainab Bahrani, Rosie Bsheer
Sarah Hamid, Emran Feroz, Majd Al-Shihabi
For more information, visit the online event page.