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[Commlist] Call for contributions to Open Access anthology about online surveillance
Tue Apr 20 21:21:09 GMT 2021
Call for contributions to Open Access anthology about online surveillance
*Preliminary title:* Everyday Life in the Culture of Surveillance
*Format:*Anthology (double-blind peer review)
*Publisher:*Nordicom (Open Access, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
*Editors:* Coppélie Cocq, Jesper Enbom, Stefan Gelfgren, & Lars
Samuelsson (all at Umeå University)
*Contact:* Stefan Gelfgren, Associate Professor, Dept. of Historical,
Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University
((stefan.gelfgren /at/ umu.se)) <mailto:(stefan.gelfgren /at/ umu.se))>
*Background and aim of the planned publication*
Today, personal data is gathered through the welfare state and
healthcare providers; societal infrastructure (electricity, water,
demographics, voter statistics, etc.); and voluntarily sharing of our
data through use of smartphones, wearables, social media, streaming
services, games, and more. Data is gathered, coordinated, and analysed
to gain insights into our everyday lives; thus, members of contemporary
digitalised societies live in what David Lyon refers to in his book of
the same name, /The Culture of Surveillance/ (2018).
With ubiquitous surveillance the “new normal”, Nordicom and external
editors invite contributions for an anthology focusing on the cultural,
mundane, and everyday-life aspect of online surveillance – in Lyon’s
words, “the participation and engagement of surveilled and surveilling
subjects” (2018: 6).
Studies addressing the Nordic countries and their contexts and
perspectives will be of particular interest, but studies focusing other
countries may also be considered (not least if they are of a
theoretical, philosophical, or universal character – an example could be
online surveillance from a human rights perspective). A central question
to be explored is how online surveillance is perceived and handled by
citizens in the Nordic countries – whether it is through acceptance,
adaptation, and resistance. Among others, the following are questions to
* What can legitimise the collection and use of personal data, from
the perspective of private citizens?
* What is perceived as surveillance in our digital age, that is, when
does information sharing on social media platforms, for instance,
become uncomfortable and risky?
Whereas attitudes and actions of “ordinary” citizens will be an
important theme for the book, contributions focusing on ethical or
philosophical questions are also welcome, and so are contributions
focusing on policies surrounding online surveillance. The following are
potential questions that could be approached, among others:
* What ethical aspects of data collection do researchers and
policy-makers need to address or compromise with when compiling,
sharing, publishing, and analysing large datasets based on private
* What limitations and potentials does surveillance culture impose in
terms of democratisation?
We anticipate contributions from a variety of disciplines, but
especially encourage contributions from the humanities and cultural
studies sphere. An ambition with the book is to put forth humanistic
perspectives on surveillance and the emergence of surveillance cultures.
All with an interest in contributing should write an extended abstract
(max. 750 words) where the main theme (or argument) of the intended
chapter is described. The abstract should contain the preliminary title
and keywords (3–5). How the chapter fits with the overall aim of the
anthology – to examine and analyse online surveillance in the Nordics –
should be mentioned.
* Deadline for extended abstracts: 24 June 2021. Please contact Stefan
Gelfgren ((stefan.gelfgren /at/ umu.se))
<mailto:(stefan.gelfgren /at/ umu.se))>for further information.
Scholars invited to submit a full chapter will be notified by e-mail in
August 2021. Guidelines for how individual chapters are to be structured
and formatted (including style of referencing) will be provided to all
scholars invited to submit a full chapter.
* Deadline for the submission of full chapters (approx. 7,000 words):
January 2022 (exact date to be decided later).
Rounds of reviews and revisions are planned to take place during the
first half of 2022, and a full manuscript is to be submitted to Nordicom
before the summer (2022).
Please note: The dates are preliminary. The ambition is, however, to
publish the book in 2022.
Nordicom is a centre for Nordic media research at the University of
Gothenburg. The centre is jointly funded by the Nordic Council of
Ministers, the Swedish Ministry of Culture, and the University of
Gothenburg. All Nordicom publications are Open Access and can be read
online and downloaded for free.
24 June 2021: deadline for the submission of extended abstracts
(contact: (stefan.gelfgren /at/ umu.se) <mailto:(stefan.gelfgren /at/ umu.se)>)
Spring 2022: finalising of manuscripts
Autumn 2022: publication
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