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CFP: Recognizing Bodies (SCMS 2018)

This panel considers the media technologies and representational strategies that allow humans and machines to recognize bodies. What are the ways that presence and absence are detected or indicated, and that we know and show that bodies are, or have been, here, or there? As we move from a generic to a specific body, how do we recognize distinctions between those bodies that are “real” or “legitimate” and those that are not? Bodies have unique markers that can be gauged through the senses and by computation. They also leave traces: footprints, smell, heat, and other residue indicate the passage of a body in space and time. Such marks and traces have become standard cues for representing and identifying bodies, and for recognizing each other and others. But bodies are also constituted through information, such as in the form of passwords, documents, or online activity. This externalization of the self in facts and data is a process that has standardized and automated the ways that bodies are identified, authenticated, and verified, but also categorized and classified. …