SP Seminar Series

Thursday, November 2nd,
Cagatay Topal, PhD candidate, Queen's Department of Sociology
"Deleuze Makes Sociology or Sociology Remakes Deleuze?
Surveillance over Migrant Workers and Immigrants from Turkey in Germany".
Jointly presented by the Department of Sociology and The Surveillance Project
Location: Mackintosh Corry Hall, Room D411
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm


Surveillance over migrant workers and immigrants from Turkey in Germany is a means of inclusion/exclusion in order to construct them as "suitable" foreign objects. As surveillance objects, Turkish workers and immigrants affect surveillance regimes by complying with, neutralizing, negotiating and resisting surveillance. Surveillance regimes are slowly but surely changing their character: how far does the supposed theoretical shift from the disciplinary society to the society of control explain this?

Topal's aim is to make use of, examine, question and modify the discipline/control thesis derived from the works of Deleuze, Foucault, and Hardt and Negri. To fulfill this aim, his study builds on the empirical explanations of the real-life surveillance experiences of Turkish migrant workers and immigrants. By concretizing Deleuzean theories, he tries to develop a subject-focused perspective while conceptualizing so-called disciplinary and control societies.

Everyone welcome!