The Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) and the Postcolonial Studies Initiative (PCI) organise the twentieth round of the DOING GENDER Lecture Series on 24 June. The lecture will be held by Prof Radha S. Hegde (New York University) and is titled Itinerant Data: Unveiling Gendered Scrutiny at the Border.
These lectures stress the importance of doing gender work combined with an active involvement in the practice of gender theory and research. The concept of DOING GENDER supports a hands-on approach to gender issues in the sense of social and political engagement with the new forms of gender inequalities that are taking shape in the world today. The lecture series wants to give space to the new generations of gender theorists and practitioners and to perspectives that innovate the field and do gender in new ways. Key is the notion of doing gender: what is the state of the art definition of gender? How do contemporary scholars and activists utilise this definition?
Technologized border regimes transform bodies with great speed into data and embed them within archives of suspicion. Examining the performance of surveillance rituals directed towards Muslim women at airports, this presentation discusses how classifications at digital frontiers reproduce familiar patterns of discrimination. The objections raised by Muslim women about the circulation of their cellular data serve as a point of departure to rethink national belonging in terms of the new itinerancy of data, corporeal transparency and the digital archive as expression and identification.
Radha S. Hegde is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. She is the author of Mediating Migration (2016), editor of Circuits of Visibility: Gender and Transnational Media Cultures (2011), and co-editor of Routledge Handbook of the Indian diaspora (2017). Currently she serves as the Dahlem International Network Professor for Gender Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin.