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[ecrea] Media Fields Journal 11: Surveillance Zones Extended Deadline - Apr. 5
Mon Mar 09 19:49:09 GMT 2015
CFP: Media Fields Journal Issue 11: Surveillance Zones
Final Submission Deadline: April 5, 2015
Since Edward Snowden revealed the National Security Agency’s systematic
interception and collection of Americans’ private data, anxieties about
surveillance and privacy have become even more inextricably linked to
the digital age. Moreover, with powerful new technologies and networks,
surveillance capabilities continue to visibly and invisibly pervade a
vast range of quotidian spaces. These capabilities occupy both the
aerial sphere through drones and satellites and the embodied sphere
through devices like Google Glass, body-worn cameras, and smart watches.
In addition, technologies such as pixel trackers and spyware are
embedded in the virtualized (but not immaterial) spaces and practices of
information and communication media.
As states, corporations, and citizens increasingly use surveillance
technologies to both connect and territorialize spaces, scholars have
responded by exploring aspects of the deeply entwined relationship
between surveillance and spatiality. Notably, Simone A. Browne has
considered the ‘digital epidermalization’ of biometric technologies at
border crossings and Caren Kaplan has argued that the data collection of
GIS and GPS have been combined in ways that ‘militarize’ and target U.S.
consumers. Mark Andrejevic has also introduced the idea of the ‘digital
enclosure,’ a virtual sphere in which every interaction produces
information about itself and, in a more optimistic approach, Jason
Farman has posited that the participatory surveillance of mobile media
can produce new kinds of social spaces.
Building on such conversations, this issue of Media Fields Journal
examines how surveillance and space manifest in discourses around
complementary ideas such as security and privacy, disclosure and
secrecy, and the technological and biological. We also seek to consider
specific impacts of surveillance practices at different scales—among
local, national, transnational, and global levels—and how these
practices react to and reconfigure the political, legal, and cultural
institutions of their milieux.
Furthermore, we aim to investigate how digital surveillance practices
alter the interrelations of virtual and geophysical spaces and
precariously position online users as both supervised subjects and
surveying voyeurs. Tellingly, even as users negotiate between desires of
selective visibility and invisibility online, the mechanisms of
surveillance that monitor them often remain imperceptible and
inaccessible to them. With this paradox in mind, we also invite
perspectives on how citizens and digital users are creatively deploying
subversive strategies to counteract state and corporate surveillance and
create and reclaim spaces of possibility.
Additional aspects of surveillance and countersurveillance to consider
addressing include (but are not limited to):
- Cultural Politics: the gendered, sexualized, or racialized dimensions
of surveillance; the labor of surveillance; anti-surveillance activism
and activist uses of surveillance.
- State Politics: the legal, economic, or historical dimensions of
surveillance; the global and geopolitical impacts of state surveillance
programs; Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and the National Security Agency
disclosures; the movement for police body-worn cameras; military and
- Physical spaces: archives of surveillance footage, technologies in the
home and workplace, data monitoring sites, surveillance in public and
private spaces, borders and airports, aerial spaces.
- Technologies: cameras, biometric readers, augmented reality devices,
wearable devices, mobile phones, drones, satellites, RFID tags and GPS
- Digital practices: dataveillance, online tracking and targeted
marketing, social networks and self-surveillance, mapping and data
visualization, live feeds, adoption of privacy software, data encryption
- Media Representation: art projects or performances that address or
employ surveillance, sousveillance projects, reality television shows,
fictional depictions of surveillance, the coverage of surveillance in
journalism, tech industry discourses about surveillance, surveillance in
We welcome all submissions that engage the connections of surveillance
and space and encourage contributions from a range of disciplines and
methodologies. We seek essays of 1500–2500 words, digital art projects,
and interviews (text, audio, or video).
Please review the detailed guidelines at:
http://www.mediafieldsjournal.org/guidelines/ and see earlier issues at
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