Type: Public event

Criminal knowledge: Evidence, expertise, and the carceral state

Part of the Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline: Science, Technology, and the Carceral State webinar series


Lindsay Smith (Arizona State Univ.), Andrea Quinlan (Univ. of Waterloo), Cristina Mejia Visperas (Univ. of Southern California), Melissa Burch (Univ. of Michigan)

Date & time

May 21, 2021, 12:00 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

From physiognomy to predictive policing, technoscience has long been central to the power of the carceral state. At the same time, carceral sites such as prisons, courtrooms, and crime scenes facilitate and even demand technoscientific interventions. Forensic and legal ideals of truth, neutrality, and incontrovertible evidence coexist uncomfortably with the complicated politics of technoscientific expertise. This panel seeks to extend STS insights into the production and politics of expertise through engagement with research on the carceral state.

View details on the Ford School site