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SSN/ADI Online Seminar #3: Black Skin, White Masks and Are Robots Racist?

SSN/ADI Online Seminar #3: Black Skin, White Masks and Are Robots Racist?

The Deakin Science and Society Network hosted a series of online seminars looking at different angles of the COVID-19 pandemic, co-hosted with the Alfred Deakin Institute.

Watch a recording of the seminar here.

This week’s seminar took the format of two pre-recorded guest lectures followed by live Q&A with the speaker, Professor Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University.

Pre-recorded guest lectures:

  1. Black Skin, White Masks: Racism, Vulnerability & Refuting Black Pathology (30:48)

  2. Are robots racist? Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology and Society (23:24)


About the speaker:

Ruha Benjamin an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. She is the founder of the JUST DATA Lab and the author of two books, People’s Science (Stanford) and Race After Technology (Polity), and editor of Captivating Technology (Duke). She writes, teaches, and speaks widely about the relationship between knowledge and power, race and citizenship, health and justice.

Live Q&A discussion with Professor Benjamin:

Limited tickets are available for those who would like to part of the Zoom discussion (this is to help manage numbers and Zoom interruptions). Register as a ‘Zoom participant’ on Eventbrite.

The Q&A will also be live streamed on YouTube live. Access using the live link: (Register as a ‘YouTube Live participant’ on Eventbrite to receive an email reminder for the event).

To send questions/participate in the YouTube Live chat, you’ll need to sign-in using a YouTube account.


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