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[Commlist] CFP - The 9th Biennial Surveillance & Society Conference : Lines of sight

Thu Nov 21 22:00:46 GMT 2019


*The 9th Biennial Surveillance & Society Conference of the Surveillance Studies Network*

*Erasmus University *

*June 8-10 2020 *

*Rotterdam, The Netherlands.*


    LINES OF SIGHT - Surveillance 20/20

Visual acuity has historically been measured based on the normative value of 20/20 vision. Yet by the year 2020, the clarity of vision regarding surveillance practices and their implications remains clouded. The metaphors of vision and optics are central – and privileged – components of surveillance research. This conference considers three interrelated lines of sight to bring increased focus on understanding, evaluating and responding to surveillance.

First, *the benefits of hindsight *call attention to surveillant antecedents that inform or impinge upon current developments and practices. Excavations into precursors of contemporary surveillance illuminate potential ideals and expectations for emerging types of monitoring.

Second, *new trajectories of (in)sight *articulate how surveillance serves as a means for the collection and mediation of a wide range of activities and behaviours. Particularly digital forms of information gathering lend themselves to the rapid collation and comparison of surveillance subjects in ways that both render them increasingly visible and subject to various unanticipated, unwanted and unjust interventions.

Third, *the potentials of foresight *allow a focus on the emergent character of surveillance indicative of new modalities of power, flows of information, and challenges to freedom, autonomy and action. Given the penchant for increased forms of control alongside various forms of resistance, the question of surveillance futures and its response remains crucial for continued analysis as well as social and political forms of engagement.

These lines of sight prompt different sets of concerns across (sub-)disciplines and approaches. We invite scholars, artists, and practitioners from a wide range of (disciplinary) backgrounds to critically engage with established and emergent surveillance practices, and the various dilemmas, opportunities and ambivalences these represent.

*Key tracks of the conference include but are not limited to: *


●Re-envisioning surveillance histories

●Foreseeing futures

●Regulations, politics and governance of surveillance

●Science fiction and dystopian accounts

●Organisational, industrial and commercial visions

●Surveillance and the workplace

●Consumption and surveillance

●Medical surveillance

●Fraud detection and security

●Education and monitoring

●Viewing transitions

●Migration and refugees

●Borders and security

●Social movements and protests for change

●Electoral monitoring

●Digitally mediated surveillance

●Algorithms and focused monitoring

●Drones and security devices

●Social media platforms

●Mobile devices, including wearables

●Internet infrastructures

●IoT devices

●Big data analytics

●Sensing beyond seeing

●Critiques of visual metaphors

●Listening and other kinds of sensing

●Intersecting concepts and concerns


●Gender and identity

●Families and children

●Politics and social justice

●Policing and security

●Privacy (and critiques thereof)

●Ethics (in relation to citizenship, design and/or research)

●Bodies and biometrics

●Households and neighbourhoods

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