Feb 22, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Room A17


Event Description
In his award-winning book "Terror Capitalism," anthropologist Darren Byler considers how the ubiquity of pass-book systems, webs of biometric surveillance, urban banishment and mass internment camps have reshaped human experience among native Uyghurs and Han settler-colonizers in Northwest China. His current research follows up on the argument of his first book, "In the Camps," to consider how contemporary capitalism and colonialism travel through digital infrastructural systems from China to Malaysia and affects Rohingya and other stateless populations in Kuala Lumpur. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in Xinjiang and Malaysia, this talk will show how digital infrastructures combined with state-corporate enforcement of technological counterterrorism to produce new forms of Muslim enclosure, labor extraction, and, ultimately, a subtraction of life itself. He particularly attends to the experiences of youth, including a North American international student — who were made the primary target of state violence — and how they cope with novel forms of unfreedom. By tracing the political and economic stakes of emergent technopolitical systems, the talk demonstrates how state-directed capitalist dispossession is co-constructed with relations of domination that have global implications.

Darren Byler's books, "Terror Capitalism" and "In the Camps", will be available for purchase at the event.

External attendees please email Nicole Bergman at: [email protected] for event registration.