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SSC Seminar Series:
Shoshana Magnet, PhD, Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa
Corinne Mason, PhD Candidate, Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa
This presentation draws on the theoretical framework of feminist surveillance studies to provide a critical response to a 2008 United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) threat assessment warning of an increase in women terrorists hiding explosives in pregnancy prosthetics and under burqas. We argue that veiled bodies provide a new “sightbyte” for othered deviance in ways that justify a number of aggressive interventions in the post- 9/11 context, including the expansion of new surveillance technologies such as backscatter X-rays aimed at making particular racialized and gendered bodies newly visible.