Supervision: On Motherhood and Surveillance


Edited by Sophie Hamacher and Jessica Hankey

Copublished with the MIT Press
200 pp., 8 x 10 in, 70 color figures, 11 b&w figures
ISBN: 9780262047814
Published: April 25, 2023

A wide-ranging, first-of-its-kind anthology of art and writing exploring how surveillance impacts contemporary motherhood.

The tracking of our personal information, activities, and medical data through our digital devices is an increasingly recognizable field in which the lines between caretaking and control have blurred. In this age of surveillance, mothers’ behaviors and bodies are observed, made public, exposed, scrutinized, and policed like never before. Supervision: On Motherhood and Surveillance gathers together the work of fifty contributors from diverse disciplines that include the visual arts, legal scholarship, ethnic studies, sociology, gender studies, poetry, and activism to ask what the relationship is between how we watch and how we are watched, and how the attention that mothers pay to their children might foster a kind of counterattention to the many ways in which mothers are scrutinized.

Melina Abdullah, Jeny Amaya, Gemma, Anderson, Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Sarah Blackwood, Lisa Cartwright, Cary Beth Cryor, Moyra Davey, Duae Collective, Sabba Elahi, Laura Fong Prosper, Regina José Galindo, Michele Goodwin, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Lily Gurton-Wachter, Sophie Hamacher, Jessica Hankey, Keeonna Harris, Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, Jennifer Hayashida, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Lisbeth Kaiser, Magdalena Kallenberger, Caitlin Keliiaa, Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb, Stephanie Lumsden, Irene Lusztig, Tala Madani, Jade Phoenix Martinez, Mónica Mayer, Iman Mersal, Jennifer C. Nash, Hương Ngô, Erika Niwa, Priscilla Ocen, Litia Perta, Claudia Rankine, Viva Ruiz, Ming Smith, Sable Elyse Smith, Sheida Soleimani, Stephanie Syjuco, Hồng- n Trương, Carrie Mae Weems, Lauren Whaley, Kandis Williams, Mai’a Williams, Carmen Winant, Kate Wolf, and Hannah Zeavin