NMDS

5439

Carceral Media

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Carceral Media

Fall 2021

Taught By: Josh Scannell

Section: A

CRN: 11906

Credits: 3

Systems of policing and incarceration are at the very heart of the United States' social organization. Critical concepts like "the carceral state" and "carceral capitalism" point to the ways that our systems of government, labor, and leisure depends on the mass policing and detention of surplussed people. The Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted and combatted the structural racism that sits at the heart of the carceral project. Calls to reform American policing and mass incarceration are often premised on the introduction of media technologies like body worn cameras that are imagined to improve transparency and accountability for carceral agencies and to return them to a supposedly original mission of keeping communities safe. This class critically interrogates these calls by looking at the central role that media already plays in the practice and maintenance of the carceral state. Rather than take claims of transparency at face value, we will look at how sophisticated technologies like facial recognition, predictive policing, and risk assessment work in tandem with popular media and "common sense" discourse to reproduce structural violences and inequality while increasing the role and funding of security agencies. But, rather than settle for critique, the class will also take up a mission: to engage what Ruha Benjamin calls the "liberatory imagination," and study towards a world without police, prisons, and the media that makes them possible. To do this, we will think across disciplines and practices and will consider a range of work including scholarship, activist organizing, speculative fiction, art and design. Students will be required to provide written responses to course units, participate in weekly class meetings, and pitch, develop, and present a final original project (which can include written research or creative practice) that critically interrogates carceral media.

Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:41pm 10/26/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 603

Date Range: 9/1/2021 - 12/8/2021