Type: Public event

Recasting the technologies of the carceral empire: India, South Africa, and the political paradoxes of post-colonial citizenship

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


Keith Breckenridge, University of Witwatersrand; in conversation with Dr. Ursula Rao, University of Leipzig

Date & time

May 14, 2021, 12:00 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

If India in the 19th century was the global laboratory for enduring Utilitarian experiments in carceral government, South Africa played the same role – informed by the racist priorities of Atlantic Progressivism – in the 20th. The intellectual and institutional histories of these two sites of imperial government have strongly shaped each other, and – over the last decade – they have converged on an apparently similar model of biometric citizenship. The administrative, intellectual and political histories of the two countries are, however, also very different.

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