Department of Sociology

Simone A. Browne


Ph.D., 2007, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Associate Professor
Simone A. Browne

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Biography


Simone Browne began her faculty position in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. She teaches and researches surveillance studies, biometrics, airport protocol, popular culture, and black diaspora studies. She is a member of the Executive Board of HASTAC.

Professor Browne's book, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness, examines surveillance with a focus on slavery, biometric information technology, airports, borders, and creative texts. You can read the Introduction to Dark Matters here

She recently participated in "The Lens in the Mirror: How Surveillance is Pictured in the Media and Public Culture — A Joint Open Society-BagNews Salon" (video link)

In May 2015 she participated in the New Museum’s biennial Ideas City festival as part of a collaboration between New Inc and Deep Lab, a feminist research collective (video link)

 

Courses


SOC 395L • Race And The Body

44755 • Spring 2016
Meets W 230pm-530pm GWB 1.130
(also listed as AFR 381, MAS 392, WGS 393)

Course Description

This course will engage with theories and research methodologies in the sociological study of the body, with a focus on race, racism, gender and sexualities. Emphasis will be placed on close reading of the assigned texts so that discussion can focus on key issues and debates concerning the body in contemporary society, including: the role of space and location; theories of the subject and the meaning of subjectivity; state formation and social control. Objectives

Through the completion of written assignments and active seminar participation and preparation, students will develop an understanding of the language and conceptual tools necessary to interrogate the practices through which we come to be variously raced, gendered and abled. Students will be encouraged to raise their research concerns in the seminar and we will actively contribute to each other’s questions of interest and research design.

 

SOC 322V • Race/Gender/Surveillance

44630 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CLA 0.102
(also listed as AFR 372C, WGS 322)

Race, Gender and Surveillance will provide an overview of theories in the emerging field of Surveillance Studies, with a focus on race and gender. We will examine transformations in social control and the distributions of power in U.S. and global contexts, with a focus on populations within the African diaspora. As such, this is a Black Studies course. Course topics include: the Trans-Atlantic slave trade; prisons and punishment; the gaze, voyeurism and reality television; social media; sports; airports; biometrics and drones. Students will be encouraged to develop critical reading and analytical skills. Through the use of films, videos and other visual media students will be challenged to better understand how surveillance practices inform modern life. 

Required Texts:

John Gilliom and Torin Monahan. 2013. SuperVision: An Introduction to the Surveillance Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Dave Eggers. 2013. The Circle. New York: Random House

A course packet of all other required readings will be available for purchase at Speedway Printers. 

Grading Breakdown:

Participation, In-class Assignments and Quizzes: 10%

Film Review 10%

Mid-Term Test: 25%

Current Event Analysis: 10%

Research Project: 20%

Final Test: 25%

SOC 322D • Race And The Digital

45005 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm CLA 1.404
(also listed as AFR 322D, WGS 322)

Review of theoretical developments in the sociological study of "race," including an examination of processes of racialization and cultural texts, in order to better understand the ways in which identities are socially produced. Attention will be placed on forms of popular culture, black cultural production, and political action to question how such practices are shaped by migrations within the African diaspora.

SOC 322V • Race/Gender/Surveillance

46215 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CLA 0.102
(also listed as AFR 372C, WGS 322)

Descripton:

This course will provide an overview of theories in the emerging field of Surveillance Studies, with afocus on race and gender. We will examine transformations in social control and the distributions ofpower in U.S. and global contexts, with a focus on populations within the African diaspora. As such,this is a Black Studies course. Course topics include: the Trans-Atlantic slave trade; prisons andpunishment; the gaze, voyeurism and reality television watching; social media; travel and stateborders; biometrics and the body.

Students will be encouraged to develop critical reading and analytical skills. Through the use of filmsand other visual media students will be challenged to better understand how surveillance practicesinform modern life.

Your participation grade will be based upon your informed participation and not solely on yourattendance. You are expected to contribute informed opinions based on a close reading of the coursematerials and engagement with the themes of the course. Sharing your personal opinions, whileimportant, will not solely constitute informed discussion.

Students who acquire six or more unexcused absences will receive a failing grade.

Grading:

A: 100-94

A-: 93-90

B+: 89-88

B: 87-83

B-: 82-80

C+ 79-78

C: 77-73

C-: 72-70

D+: 69-68

D: 67-63

D-: 62-60

F: 59-0

Your grade in this course will be based on:

Participation, Attendance &In-class Assignments 10%

Everyday Surveillance Assignment 15%

Film Review 15%

Mid-Term Test: 20%

Social Media Project: 20%

Final Test 20%

Final grades will be determined on the basis of the above rubric. To ensure fairness, all numbers are absolute, and will not be rounded up or down at any stage. Thus a B- will be inclusive of all scores of 80.000 through 83.999. The University does not recognize the grade of A+.

Attendance and Informed Participation

Students who acquire six or more unexcused absences will receive a failing grade.

Please note that this is an upper level undergraduate seminar and your success in this course depends on close reading and engagement with the texts (readings, films, audio recordings, videoclips, video games and weblinks posted to Blackboard), as well as active participation in class discussions. You will be responsible for checking the Blackboard course site regularly for additional texts and announcements.

Class participation will be based on attendance and meaningful participation in class discussions.

Meaningful participation is taken to be analytic engagement with the texts, not vague commentary or generalizations. You are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings.

Over the course of the semester you will be ask to respond, in writing, to texts discussed during the lecture.

These assignments will form a part of your participation grade.

SOC 395L • Race And The Body

46455 • Fall 2014
Meets T 1200pm-300pm JES A230
(also listed as AFR 381, WGS 393)

Course Description

This course will engage with theories and research methodologies in the sociological study of the body, with a focus on race, racism, gender and sexualities. Emphasis will be placed on close reading of the assigned texts so that discussion can focus on key issues and debates concerning the body in contemporary society, including: the role of space and location; theories of the subject and the meaning of subjectivity; state formation and social control. Objectives

Through the completion of written assignments and active seminar participation and preparation, students will develop an understanding of the language and conceptual tools necessary to interrogate the practices through which we come to be variously raced, gendered and abled. Students will be encouraged to raise their research concerns in the seminar and we will actively contribute to each other’s questions of interest and research design.

 

SOC 321K • Race, Culture, And Migration

46395 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm CLA 0.118
(also listed as AFR 374E, WGS 322)

This course will provide an overview of theories in the emerging field of Surveillance Studies, with a focus on race, gender, power. We will examine transformations in social control and the distributions of power in U.S. and global contexts, with a focus on populations within the African diaspora. As such, this is a Black Studies course.

Course topics include: the Trans-Atlantic slave trade; prisons and punishment; the gaze, voyeurism and reality television watching; the Internet; airports and state borders; biometrics and the body.

SOC 322V • Race, Gender, And Surveillance

46425 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am CLA 0.130
(also listed as AFR 372C, WGS 322)

Descripton:

This course will provide an overview of theories in the emerging field of Surveillance Studies, with afocus on race and gender. We will examine transformations in social control and the distributions ofpower in U.S. and global contexts, with a focus on populations within the African diaspora. As such,this is a Black Studies course. Course topics include: the Trans-Atlantic slave trade; prisons andpunishment; the gaze, voyeurism and reality television watching; social media; travel and stateborders; biometrics and the body.

Students will be encouraged to develop critical reading and analytical skills. Through the use of filmsand other visual media students will be challenged to better understand how surveillance practicesinform modern life.

Your participation grade will be based upon your informed participation and not solely on yourattendance. You are expected to contribute informed opinions based on a close reading of the coursematerials and engagement with the themes of the course. Sharing your personal opinions, whileimportant, will not solely constitute informed discussion.

Students who acquire six or more unexcused absences will receive a failing grade.

Grading:

A: 100-94

A-: 93-90

B+: 89-88

B: 87-83

B-: 82-80

C+ 79-78

C: 77-73

C-: 72-70

D+: 69-68

D: 67-63

D-: 62-60

F: 59-0

Your grade in this course will be based on:

Participation, Attendance &In-class Assignments 10%

Everyday Surveillance Assignment 15%

Film Review 15%

Mid-Term Test: 20%

Social Media Project: 20%

Final Test 20%

Final grades will be determined on the basis of the above rubric. To ensure fairness, all numbers are absolute, and will not be rounded up or down at any stage. Thus a B- will be inclusive of all scores of 80.000 through 83.999. The University does not recognize the grade of A+.

Attendance and Informed Participation

Students who acquire six or more unexcused absences will receive a failing grade.

Please note that this is an upper level undergraduate seminar and your success in this course depends on close reading and engagement with the texts (readings, films, audio recordings, videoclips, video games and weblinks posted to Blackboard), as well as active participation in class discussions. You will be responsible for checking the Blackboard course site regularly for additional texts and announcements.

Class participation will be based on attendance and meaningful participation in class discussions.

Meaningful participation is taken to be analytic engagement with the texts, not vague commentary or generalizations. You are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings.

Over the course of the semester you will be ask to respond, in writing, to texts discussed during the lecture.

These assignments will form a part of your participation grade.

SOC 322V • Race, Gender, And Surveillance

46180 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CLA 0.102
(also listed as AFR 372C, WGS 322)

This course will provide an overview of theories in the emerging field of Surveillance Studies, with afocus on race and gender. We will examine transformations in social control and the distributions ofpower in U.S. and global contexts, with a focus on populations within the African diaspora. As such,this is a Black Studies course. Course topics include: the Trans-Atlantic slave trade; prisons andpunishment; the gaze, voyeurism and reality television watching; social media; travel and stateborders; biometrics and the body.

Students will be encouraged to develop critical reading and analytical skills. Through the use of filmsand other visual media students will be challenged to better understand how surveillance practicesinform modern life.

Your participation grade will be based upon your informed participation and not solely on yourattendance. You are expected to contribute informed opinions based on a close reading of the coursematerials and engagement with the themes of the course. Sharing your personal opinions, whileimportant, will not solely constitute informed discussion.

Students who acquire six or more unexcused absences will receive a failing grade.

GRADING SCHEME

A: 100-94

A-: 93-90

B+: 89-88

B: 87-83

B-: 82-80

C+ 79-78

C: 77-73

C-: 72-70

D+: 69-68

D: 67-63

D-: 62-60

F: 59-0

Your grade in this course will be based on:

Participation, Attendance &In-class Assignments 10%

Everyday Surveillance Assignment 15%

Film Review 15%

Mid-Term Test: 20%

Social Media Project: 20%

Final Test 20%

Final grades will be determined on the basis of the above rubric. To ensure fairness, all numbers are absolute, and will not be rounded up or down at any stage. Thus a B- will be inclusive of all scores of 80.000 through 83.999. The University does not recognize the grade of A+.

Attendance and Informed Participation

Students who acquire six or more unexcused absences will receive a failing grade.

Please note that this is an upper level undergraduate seminar and your success in this course depends on close reading and engagement with the texts (readings, films, audio recordings, videoclips, video games and weblinks posted to Blackboard), as well as active participation in class discussions. You will be responsible for checking the Blackboard course site regularly for additional texts and announcements.

Class participation will be based on attendance and meaningful participation in class discussions.

Meaningful participation is taken to be analytic engagement with the texts, not vague commentary or generalizations. You are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings.

Over the course of the semester you will be ask to respond, in writing, to texts discussed during the lecture.

These assignments will form a part of your participation grade.

SOC 395L • Race And The Body

46425 • Fall 2013
Meets TH 1200pm-300pm CLA 3.106
(also listed as AFR 381, WGS 393)

Course Description

This course will engage with theories and research methodologies in the sociological study of the body, with a focus on race, racism, gender and sexualities. Emphasis will be placed on close reading of the assigned texts so that discussion can focus on key issues and debates concerning the body in contemporary society, including: the role of space and location; theories of the subject and the meaning of subjectivity; state formation and social control. Objectives

Through the completion of written assignments and active seminar participation and preparation, students will develop an understanding of the language and conceptual tools necessary to interrogate the practices through which we come to be variously raced, gendered and abled. Students will be encouraged to raise their research concerns in the seminar and we will actively contribute to each other’s questions of interest and research design.

 

SOC 321K • Race, Culture, And Migration

45755 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm CLA 0.120
(also listed as AFR 374E, WGS 322)

Note:  322V and SOC 321K Surveillance and Social Control cannot both be countes.

This course will provide an overview of theories in the emerging field of Surveillance Studies, with a focus on race, gender, power. We will examine transformations in social control and the distributions of power in U.S. and global contexts, with a focus on populations within the African diaspora. As such, this is a Black Studies course.

Course topics include: the Trans-Atlantic slave trade; prisons and punishment; the gaze, voyeurism and reality television watching; the Internet; airports and state borders; biometrics and the body.

Students will be encouraged to develop critical reading and analytical skills. Through the use of films, the Internet and other visual media, students will be challenged to better understand how surveillance practices inform modern life.

Students who acquire six or more unexcused absences will receive a failing grade.

Your participation grade will be based upon your informed participation and not solely on your attendance. You are expected to contribute informed opinions based on a close reading of the assigned materials and engagement with the themes of the course. Sharing your personal opinions, while important, will not solely constitute informed discussion.

Required Texts:

Christian Parenti. 2003. The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America From Slave Passes to the War on Terror. New York: Basic Books.

All other required readings will be available for purchase as a course kit.

Grading Policy:

Participation and Journal:       20%

Mid-Term Test:                     25%

Research Project:                  20%

Film Review                          15%

Final Test:                           20%

SOC 322V • Race, Gender, And Surveillance

45780 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am CLA 0.102
(also listed as AFR 372C, WGS 322)

Course Description

This course is focused on mobility, with immigration being only one such form of movement. We will examine the notion of 'mobility' by exploring historical and contemporary movements of people, capital and ideas. We will review theoretical developments in the sociological study of 'race', examine processes of racialization and cultural texts to better understand the ways in which identities are socially produced. Throughout, attention will be placed on forms of black cultural production and political action to question how such practices are shaped by migrations within the African diaspora.

Grading Policy

Midterm (definitions and essay) 20%

Class participation 10%

Two case studies 20%

Abstract (250 words) with bibliography 10%

Essay (10-12 pages) 30%

Group presentation 10%

Texts

The required text will be a packet of articles. Exerpts will be taken from the following books:

Les Back and John Solomos, editors, Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader, Routledge Readers in Sociology, London: Routledge, 2000

Vivien Burr, An Introduction to Social Construction, London: Routledge, 1995

Stuart Hall, editor, Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, London: Sage Publications, 1997

Barnor Hesse, editor, Un/settled Multiculturalism: Diasporas, Entanglements, Transruptions,London: Zed Books, 2000

Kamari Maxine Clarke and Deborah A. Thomas, editors, Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006

Katherine McKittrick, Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006

Michael Parenti, The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slave Passes to the War on Terror, New York: Basic Books, 2003

Rinaldo Walcott, Black Like Who? Writing Black Canada, Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2003

Howard Winant, The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004

 

SOC 322V • Race, Gender, And Surveillance

45555 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BUR 130
(also listed as AFR 372C, WGS 322)

Cross listed with AFR 374/WGS 322

Note:  322V and SOC 321K Surveillance and Social Control cannot both be countes.

This course will provide an overview of theories in the emerging field of Surveillance Studies, with a focus on race, gender, power. We will examine transformations in social control and the distributions of power in U.S. and global contexts, with a focus on populations within the African diaspora. As such, this is a Black Studies course.

Course topics include: the Trans-Atlantic slave trade; prisons and punishment; the gaze, voyeurism and reality television watching; the Internet; airports and state borders; biometrics and the body.

Students will be encouraged to develop critical reading and analytical skills. Through the use of films, the Internet and other visual media, students will be challenged to better understand how surveillance practices inform modern life.

Students who acquire six or more unexcused absences will receive a failing grade.

Your participation grade will be based upon your informed participation and not solely on your attendance. You are expected to contribute informed opinions based on a close reading of the assigned materials and engagement with the themes of the course. Sharing your personal opinions, while important, will not solely constitute informed discussion.

Required Texts:

Christian Parenti. 2003. The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America From Slave Passes to the War on Terror. New York: Basic Books.

All other required readings will be available for purchase as a course kit.

Grading Policy:

Participation and Journal:       20%

Mid-Term Test:                     25%

Research Project:                   20%

Film Review                           15%

Final Test:                             20%

SOC 395L • Race And The Body

45790 • Fall 2012
Meets TH 1200pm-300pm BUR 214
(also listed as AFR 381, WGS 393)

Course Description

This course will engage with theories and research methodologies in the sociological study of the body, with a focus on race, racism, gender and sexualities. Emphasis will be placed on close reading of the assigned texts so that discussion can focus on key issues and debates concerning the body in contemporary society, including: the role of space and location; theories of the subject and the meaning of subjectivity; state formation and social control. Objectives

Through the completion of written assignments and active seminar participation and preparation, students will develop an understanding of the language and conceptual tools necessary to interrogate the practices through which we come to be variously raced, gendered and abled. Students will be encouraged to raise their research concerns in the seminar and we will actively contribute to each other’s questions of interest and research design.Grading and Requirements

 

SOC 321K • Race, Culture, And Migration

45537 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BUR 231
(also listed as AFR 374E, WGS 322)

Contains a Writing Flag

Course Description

This course is focused on mobility, with immigration being only one such form of movement. We will examine the notion of 'mobility' by exploring historical and contemporary movements of people, capital and ideas. We will review theoretical developments in the sociological study of 'race', examine processes of racialization and cultural texts to better understand the ways in which identities are socially produced. Throughout, attention will be placed on forms of black cultural production and political action to question how such practices are shaped by migrations within the African diaspora.

Grading Policy

Midterm (definitions and essay) 20%

Class participation 10%

Two case studies 20%

Abstract (250 words) with bibliography 10%

Essay (10-12 pages) 30%

Group presentation 10%

Texts

The required text will be a packet of articles. Exerpts will be taken from the following books:

Les Back and John Solomos, editors, Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader, Routledge Readers in Sociology, London: Routledge, 2000

Vivien Burr, An Introduction to Social Construction, London: Routledge, 1995

Stuart Hall, editor, Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, London: Sage Publications, 1997

Barnor Hesse, editor, Un/settled Multiculturalism: Diasporas, Entanglements, Transruptions,London: Zed Books, 2000

Kamari Maxine Clarke and Deborah A. Thomas, editors, Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006

Katherine McKittrick, Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006

Michael Parenti, The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slave Passes to the War on Terror, New York: Basic Books, 2003

Rinaldo Walcott, Black Like Who? Writing Black Canada, Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2003

Howard Winant, The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004

 

SOC 321K • The Wire: Inequality/City Life

45380 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BUR 214
(also listed as AFR 374D)

Cross-listed with AFR

Description

In this course the television series The Wire serves as an entry point from which students will engage sociological theory and writings on city life. We will examine the interlocking workings of race, gender, schooling, economic restructuring, surveillance, policing and incarceration in the making of socio-spatial inequalities. Students will be encouraged to develop critical reading, viewing and analytical skills. Throughout the course we will question how popular and visual texts shape perceptions of urban inequalities.

Students are expected to work with peers on in-class and on-line writing activities, lead class discussions and offer informed opinions based on a close reading of the course materials and engagement with the themes of the course.

This course meets the Writing Flag Requirement.

Grading Policy

 Final Essay 40%

 Book Review 20%

 Episode Critical Analysis (2 -10% each) 20%

 Discussion Leader 0%

 Article Reflecrtion (2-10% each) 20%

 

 

 

SOC 395L • Race And The Body

45635 • Fall 2011
Meets TH 1200pm-300pm BUR 214
(also listed as WGS 393)

Description

This course will engage with theories and research methodologies in the sociological study of the body, with a focus on race, racism, gender and sexualities. Emphasis will be placed on close reading of the assigned texts so that discussion can focus on key issues and debates concerning the body in contemporary society, including: the role of space and location; theories of the subject and the meaning of subjectivity; state formation and social control.

Objectives

Through the completion of written assignments and active seminar participation and preparation, students will develop an understanding of the language and conceptual tools necessary to interrogate the practices through which we come to be variously raced, gendered and abled. Students will be encouraged to raise their research concerns in the seminar and we will actively contribute to each other’s questions of interest and research design.

 Assignments

Book Review 25%

Mid-Term Paper 25%

Final Research Paper and Symposium Presentation 50%

Required Texts (please consult official syllabus before purchasing books)

Nirmal Puwar. 2008. Space Invaders: Race, Gender and Bodies Out of Place. London: Berg.

Orlando Patterson. 1998. Rituals of Blood: Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries. New York: Basic Books.

Ruth Frankenburg. 1993. White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Ruth Wilson. 2007. Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Ben Carrington. 2010. Race, Sport and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora. London: Sage Publications Ltd.

 

Gargi Bhattacharyya. 1998. Tales of Dark-skinned Women: Race, Gender and Global Culture. London: Routledge.

Patricia Hill Collins. 2005. Black Sexual Politics: African-Americans, Gender and the New Racism. New York: Routledge.

Sara Ahmed. 2010. The Promise of Happiness. Durham: Duke University Press.

Katherine McKittrick. 2006. Demonic Grounds: Black Women and The Cartographies of Struggle. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.

Jasbir Puar. 2008. Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times. Durham: Duke University Press

SOC 321K • Race, Culture, And Migration

46095 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BUR 231
(also listed as AFR 374E, WGS 322)

Cross listed with AFR 374E/WGS 322

 

Contains a Writing Flag

Course Description

This course is focused on mobility, with immigration being only one such form of movement. We will examine the notion of 'mobility' by exploring historical and contemporary movements of people, capital and ideas. We will review theoretical developments in the sociological study of 'race', examine processes of racialization and cultural texts to better understand the ways in which identities are socially produced. Throughout, attention will be placed on forms of black cultural production and political action to question how such practices are shaped by migrations within the African diaspora.

Grading Policy

Midterm (definitions and essay) 20%
Class participation 10%
Two case studies 20%
Abstract (250 words) with bibliography 10%
Essay (10-12 pages) 30%
Group presentation 10%

Texts

The required text will be a packet of articles. Exerpts will be taken from the following books:

Les Back and John Solomos, editors, Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader, Routledge Readers in Sociology, London: Routledge, 2000
Vivien Burr, An Introduction to Social Construction, London: Routledge, 1995 
Stuart Hall, editor, Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, London: Sage Publications, 1997
Barnor Hesse, editor, Un/settled Multiculturalism: Diasporas, Entanglements, Transruptions, London: Zed Books, 2000
Kamari Maxine Clarke and Deborah A. Thomas, editors, Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006
Katherine McKittrick, Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006
Michael Parenti, The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slave Passes to the War on Terror, New York: Basic Books, 2003 
Rinaldo Walcott, Black Like Who? Writing Black Canada, Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2003
Howard Winant, The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004

 

 

SOC 321K • Surveillance & Social Control

45525 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 930am-1100am UTC 4.124
(also listed as AFR 374E, WGS 322)

SURVEILLANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL
           SOC 321K/AFR 374E/WGS 322
Fall 2010
Instructor: Simone Browne

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course will provide an overview of theories in surveillance studies, with a focus on race, gender, power, ethics and surveillance. We will examine historical transformations in social control and the distributions of power in U.S. and global contexts, with a focus on populations within the African diaspora. Course topics include: the Trans-Atlantic slave trade; prisons and punishment; the gaze, voyeurism and reality television watching; the Internet; travel and state borders; biometrics and the body.

Students will be encouraged to develop critical reading and analytical skills. Through the use of films, the Internet and other visual media, students will be challenged to better understand how surveillance practices inform modern life.

Your participation grade will be based upon your informed participation and not solely on your attendance. You are expected to contribute informed opinions based on a close reading of the course materials and engagement with the themes of the course. Sharing your personal opinions, while important, will not solely constitute informed discussion.

This course is cross-listed with African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies.


Possible Texts:

Shoshana Magnet and Kelly Gates (eds.). 2009. The New Media of Surveillance. New York: Routledge

All other required readings can be downloaded from the course Blackboard site or accessed through the UT Libraries e-reserve system.



Select Publications


Books


Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Simone Browne

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness
Duke University Press (2015)

You can read the Introduction to Dark Matters here

Peer-Reviewed Articles


Browne, S. "Everybody’s Got a Little Light Under the Sun: Black Luminosity and the Visual Culture of Surveillance." Cultural Studies 26(4), 2012: 542-564.


Browne, S. “Digital Epidermalization: Race, Identity and Biometrics." Critical Sociology 36(1), 2010: 131-150.


Browne, S. “Getting Carded: Border Control and the Politics of Canada’s Permanent Resident Card." Citizenship Studies 9(4), 2005: 423-438.


Browne, S. “Of ‘Passport Babies’ and ‘Border Control’: The Case of Mavis Baker v. Minister ofCitizenship and Immigration." Atlantis 26(2), 2002: 97-108.


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Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters


French, M. and S. Browne. “Surveillance as Social Regulation: Profiles and Profiling Technology." Criminalization, Representation, Regulation: Thinking Differently About Crime. Eds. Deborah Brock, Amanda Glasbeek, and Carmela Murdocca. University of Toronto Press, 2014: 251-284.


Browne, S. “Race and Surveillance." Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies. Eds. Kirstie Ball, Kevin D. Haggerty, and David Lyon. Routledge, 2012: 72-79.


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Peer-Reviewed Journal Special Issue


The Obamas and the New Politics of Race. Special Issue, Qualitative Sociology 35(2), Eds. Simone Browne and Ben Carrington, 2012.

Download "Introduction" here.


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Peer-Reviewed Journal Special Issue in Progress


Race and Surveillance. Special Issue, Surveillance & Society, Eds. Simone Browne, Katherine McKittrick and Ronak K. Kapadia.


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Upcoming Talks & Past Presentations


Department of American Studies and Ethnicity

February 28, 2016, University of Southern Califonia

Digital Studies Workshop

February 11, 2016, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Open Score: Art and Technology 2016

January 30, 2016, The New Museum

Department of African American Studies

January 28, 2016, Yale University

Department of Film and Media Studies

November 19, 2015, University of California, Santa Barbara

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and Other Stories: A Conversation on Infrastructure, Intersectionality and Ideas (with Ingrid Burrington and Allison Burtch)

November 5, 2015, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Data, Democracy and the Human Story: A Conversation with Members of Deep Lab (with Ingrid Burrington and Allison Burtch)

November 5, 2015, Loyola University

Department of Information Studies

October 29, 2015, University of California, Los Angeles

Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association

October 10, 2015, Toronto Canada

States of Surveillance: New Directions and Empirical Projects Symposium

October 1-2, 2015, University of Kansas

America and it's "Unfit": Eugenics Then and Now Conference

September 25-26, 2015, New York University

‘Smile! You are being recorded’: CCTV and Other Tools of Surveillance

April 3, 2015, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Black. Life. Forms.

April 10, 2015, University of Pennsylvania

Surveillance, Style and Subversion: DIY and Other Responses to Biometric Data Collection

October 3, 2014, University of Michigan

Race and Surveillance: From Slavery to the Age of 'Big Data'

October 15, 2014,  Department of Sociology, Princeton University

When Blackness Enters the Frame: Surveillance, Biometric Technology and Subversion

October 16, 2014, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University

When Blackness Enters the Frame

November 16, 2014, This Isn’t About the Future: Black Digital Culture Now Conference. California Institute of the Arts

Dark Sousveillance: Surveillance, Race and Resistance

December 9, 2013, CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative Speaker Series. New York City

 

 

Videos


Surveillant Anxiety

Surveillant Anxiety

NEW INC: What are the lived effects of surveillance? A panel moderated by Kate Crawford, with Simone Browne, Jade E. Davis, Biella Coleman, and Karen Levy.


 

Dark Sousveillance Race, Surveillance and Resistance

Dark Sousveillance Race, Surveillance and Resistance

Graduate Center, CUNY by the Digital Praxis Seminar and the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative

Media Appearances


"Abuse of data comes as no surprise. A conversation with cyberfeminist research collective Deep Lab" (link). Impose Magazine (July 2015)

"Exploring feminist hacktivism with Deep Lab" (link). i-D Magazine (July 2015)

Service


The University of Texas at Austin (select)

University

Chair, Recruitment and Retention Sub-Committee, Council for Racial and Ethnic Equity and Diversity, 2015-present

Member, Council for Racial and Ethnic Equity and Diversity, 2015-present

Departmental Representative, Institutional Research Board, 2015-present

Faculty Panel Member, Bridging Disciplines Program (Cultural Studies section), 2011-present

Member, Faculty Council (elected), 2013-2015, 2009-2011

Chair (elected), Recruitment and Retention Committee, Standing Committee of the General Faculty, 2014-2015

Co-Chair (elected), Recruitment and Retention Committee, Standing Committee of the General Faculty, 2013-2014

Faculty Advisor, Texas Feminists (undergraduate student organization), 2011-2014

Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

Graduate Admissions Committee 2015-present

Executive Committee (elected), 2014-2015

Department of Sociology

Executive Committee (elected), 2012-2013

Graduate Admissions Committee (elected), 2011-2012

Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee, 2015-present

Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee, 2014-2015

Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, 2011-2012

Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

Executive Committee (elected), 2009-2011

Professional (select)

Executive Board Member. Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC), 2014-present

Initial Judge. HASTAC Digital Media and Learning Competition, 2009, 2010, 2014

Steering Committee. HASTAC, 2008-2014


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