Mapped Bodies : Notes on the Use of Biometrics in Geopolitical Contexts

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Mapped Bodies : Notes on the Use of Biometrics in Geopolitical Contexts. / Liljefors, Max; Lee-Morrison, Lila.

Socioaesthetics. Ambience – Imaginary. ed. / Michelsen Anders; Tygstrup Frederik. Vol. 19 Brill Academic Publishers, 2015. p. 53-72.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Harvard

Liljefors, M & Lee-Morrison, L 2015, Mapped Bodies : Notes on the Use of Biometrics in Geopolitical Contexts. in M Anders & T Frederik (eds), Socioaesthetics. Ambience – Imaginary. vol. 19, Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 53-72.

APA

Liljefors, M., & Lee-Morrison, L. (2015). Mapped Bodies : Notes on the Use of Biometrics in Geopolitical Contexts. In M. Anders, & T. Frederik (Eds.), Socioaesthetics. Ambience – Imaginary (Vol. 19, pp. 53-72). Brill Academic Publishers.

CBE

Liljefors M, Lee-Morrison L. 2015. Mapped Bodies : Notes on the Use of Biometrics in Geopolitical Contexts. Anders M, Frederik T, editors. In Socioaesthetics. Ambience – Imaginary. Brill Academic Publishers. pp. 53-72.

MLA

Liljefors, Max and Lila Lee-Morrison "Mapped Bodies : Notes on the Use of Biometrics in Geopolitical Contexts". and Anders, Michelsen Frederik, Tygstrup (editors). Socioaesthetics. Ambience – Imaginary. Brill Academic Publishers. 2015, 53-72.

Vancouver

Liljefors M, Lee-Morrison L. Mapped Bodies : Notes on the Use of Biometrics in Geopolitical Contexts. In Anders M, Frederik T, editors, Socioaesthetics. Ambience – Imaginary. Vol. 19. Brill Academic Publishers. 2015. p. 53-72

Author

Liljefors, Max ; Lee-Morrison, Lila. / Mapped Bodies : Notes on the Use of Biometrics in Geopolitical Contexts. Socioaesthetics. Ambience – Imaginary. editor / Michelsen Anders ; Tygstrup Frederik. Vol. 19 Brill Academic Publishers, 2015. pp. 53-72

RIS

TY - CHAP

T1 - Mapped Bodies : Notes on the Use of Biometrics in Geopolitical Contexts

AU - Liljefors, Max

AU - Lee-Morrison, Lila

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - “Mapped Bodies: Notes on the Use of Biometrics in Geopolitical Contexts” examines the role played by automated biometric technologies in migration control and in the so-called war on terror. Biometric methods such as automated fingerprint identification, iris scanning and facial recognition record microscopic bodily characteristics, computes patterns from them, and matches those patterns against already existing records in super-national databases. These technologies, we argue, are a telling example of a recasting of the relations between the body and state power, in which two current trends, the ‘biologization’ of the human being and the focus on security in the so-called war on terror, after 9/11 and subsequent terror attacks, are epitomized and combined. Starting from a visual culture studies perspective, this article discusses the negotiations of visibility and invisibility involved in biometrics, in connection to questions of power, subjectivity and citizenship. We draw on Vilém Flusser’s and Paul Virilio’s respective understanding of visual technologies as being ultimately ”blind”. We also draw on Emmanuel Levinas’ and Giorgio Agamben’s elaborations on the human face as an inherently ethical ”depth dimension” of interpersonal encounters, a depth we find at risk of becoming eclipsed by the biometric flattening of bodily topographies into abstract, encoded patterns. Ultimately, we argue, automated biometrics threatens to dissolve the bond between subjectivity and citizenship.

AB - “Mapped Bodies: Notes on the Use of Biometrics in Geopolitical Contexts” examines the role played by automated biometric technologies in migration control and in the so-called war on terror. Biometric methods such as automated fingerprint identification, iris scanning and facial recognition record microscopic bodily characteristics, computes patterns from them, and matches those patterns against already existing records in super-national databases. These technologies, we argue, are a telling example of a recasting of the relations between the body and state power, in which two current trends, the ‘biologization’ of the human being and the focus on security in the so-called war on terror, after 9/11 and subsequent terror attacks, are epitomized and combined. Starting from a visual culture studies perspective, this article discusses the negotiations of visibility and invisibility involved in biometrics, in connection to questions of power, subjectivity and citizenship. We draw on Vilém Flusser’s and Paul Virilio’s respective understanding of visual technologies as being ultimately ”blind”. We also draw on Emmanuel Levinas’ and Giorgio Agamben’s elaborations on the human face as an inherently ethical ”depth dimension” of interpersonal encounters, a depth we find at risk of becoming eclipsed by the biometric flattening of bodily topographies into abstract, encoded patterns. Ultimately, we argue, automated biometrics threatens to dissolve the bond between subjectivity and citizenship.

KW - biometrics

KW - philosophy

KW - subjectivity

KW - biopolitics

KW - geopolitics

M3 - Book chapter

SN - 9789004246270

SN - 9789004303751

VL - 19

SP - 53

EP - 72

BT - Socioaesthetics. Ambience – Imaginary

A2 - Anders, Michelsen

A2 - Frederik, Tygstrup

PB - Brill Academic Publishers

ER -