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Session 4: Surveillance technologies

Topic outline & prep infos

  • Fri, 24 May 2019, 11:00–16:00
  • HS1

In this session, we will discuss how surveillance technologies in the broadest sense – that is, technologies that can be and are commonly used for, e.g., tracking and examining people, particularly in security-related contexts – are linked to gendered/-ing and racialised/-ing regimes of power.

Required preparation

  • read: Currah, P., & Mulqueen, T. (2011). Securitizing gender: Identity, biometrics, and transgender bodies at the airport. social research, 78(2), 557-582.
  • watch: MTF Transition: Flying While Trans
  • watch: Flying while trans
  • think about how surveillance may have impacted your behaviours/identities/desires in specific places and at specific times

Guiding questions for the required preparation:

  • How does the experience of trans people at airports show the links between gender and racial discrimination?
  • What does a move from negative identification (identifying who someone is not) to positive identification (identifying who someone is) mean? What problems do document-based and biometrical means of identification entail?
  • How are the construction of risks/threats and the normalisation of individuals/populations connected?
  • Do you find a conceptualisation of gender as an event, taking place in the context of a specific assemblage, useful? What about other aspects of the world, such as race, class, dis-/ability, …?
  • What other places of gender (or other identity-related) “veridiction” (p. 563) can you think of?

Suggestions for peer teaching

  • DNA profiling (suggested materials partially in German)
    • How are people and crimes produced and linked to each other through DNA profiling?
    • Kruse, C. (2010). Forensic evidence: Materializing bodies, materializing crimes. European Journal of Women’s Studies, 17(4), 363–377.
    • Ladewig, V. (2010). Gendered DNA: Zur Entstehung einer Person. In: Degele, N., Schmitz, S., Mangelsdorf, M.,Gramespacher, E. (Eds.): Gendered Bodies in Motion, pp. 115–126. Opladen: Budrich Uni Press.
    • Schüle, C. (2008). Die Unsichtbare. Zeit. Available at
  • Race and surveillance
    • How are racial and technological regimes interlinked? How does race ‘get done’ through technoscientific means?
    • Browne, S. (2012). Race and surveillance. In: Handbook on Surveillance Studies, pp. 72–79. New York: Routledge.
    • M’charek, A., Schramm, K., & Skinner, D. (2014). Topologies of race: Doing territory, population and identity in Europe. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 39(4), 468–487.
    • wzamen01. (2009). HP computers are racist. Available at