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SSN 2020 – call for papers

The 9th biennial Surveillance & Society conference of the Surveillance Studies Network, hosted by Erasmus University Rotterdam on June 8-10 2020 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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.

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Save the Date: SSN 2020 in Rotterdam

Save the Date!

9th Biennial Surveillance Studies Network Conference

Lines of Sight – Surveillance 20/20

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands, 8-10 June 2020

call for papers online now!



Early Career Researcher Awards – winners 2017 & 2018

The SSN is pleased to announce the 2017 and 2018 winners of the Surveillance Studies Network’s “Early Career Researcher Awards” for publications in Surveillance & Society. We had many excellent qualifying papers over the past two years, so we were able to award our maximum amount of four prizes per year.

The winning papers are…

Congratulations to the winners!!! Please check out their papers (again).



Winners of the SSN small grants 2019

The Small Grants Committee of SSN has awarded funding to four scholars in the 2019 cycle.

  • Allen Munoriyarwa:  State surveillance practices in Zimbabwe.
  • Amira Paripurna: This initiative research aims to explore the Public Attitude and Acceptance on Surveillance and Privacy, through collecting empirical evidence about the way of citizens in Surabaya perceive the relationship between privacy and the use of surveillance technology as well as elaborating the existing knowledge about the public attitude of privacy and surveillance technology. The subject of this study is the Community Group of Information (Komunitas Informasi Masyarakat/ KIM) in Surabaya, Indonesia.
  • Egwuchukwu Ani: Surveillance and privacy hypothetical surrounding the practices of big online intermediaries in an African context.
  • Uchenna Orji: Examines the concept of the right to privacy and the powers of some African States to carry out intrusive surveillance activities in the information society”.

SSN congratulates all awardees and is looking forward to learn more about their research.



SSN Small Research Grant: Funding Call

We are pleased to announce that in response to feedback from our members we have made available some funding to support scholars working in economically under-resourced regions.

Through a “Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) Small Research Grant” we will be able to make up to four awards of up to £500 each available for the 2019-2020 academic year. This award will also be accompanied by a two year SSN membership. The Small Grants Committee will review and select recipients based on the following criteria and process.

Eligibility

Surveillance Studies Network members (or non-members who conduct surveillance-related research and would like to become part of SSN) are encouraged to apply, with preference given to persons who:

  • justify themselves as working in an economically under-resourced region;
  • are early career researchers (i.e., a doctoral student or researcher who has earned their PhD in the last five years);
  • have not previously received funding through the SSN Small Research Grant; and,
  • submit all required criteria prior to the application deadline.

Evaluation Criteria

We will be evaluating applications based on their articulation of specific research-related activities that would significantly augment the applicant’s program of research, but that would not be feasible without additional funding. Additionally, we will take into consideration the overall feasibility of the proposed work and the extent to which it is likely to make a significant contribution to surveillance studies.

Process

Please submit a brief proposal (1 page maximum) outlining the activities to be conducted, the importance of these activities to your program of research, a brief justification of your region of residence as economically under-resourced, comments on your suitability for the award based on the other criteria of preference, and a timeline for completion. (All awarded funds must be spent by June 30, 2020.) Additionally, please submit a separate budget (1 page maximum) outlining your plans for using any awarded funds up to a maximum of £500 (e.g., travel, transcription services, informant payments, technical equipment).

Send your proposal and budget in one document to Alana Saulnier on or before March 30, 2019.

Notification of awards will be made as soon as possible after the deadline.



call for tender: SSN conference 2020

Invitation to host Surveillance Studies Network 9th Biennial Conference 2020

Tenders to be received by Monday March 25 2019

Decision to be announced on Friday 5 April 2019

Please send tenders and any questions to Rosamunde.Van.Brakel [ ät] surveillance-studies [dot] net

The Surveillance Studies Network invites expressions of interest to host the 9th Biennial Conference in 2020. The conference brings together scholars, artists, and activists working broadly in the area of surveillance. It has become increasingly popular year on year and always receives a very positive response from the community. Now in its 9th year, we are delighted to be inviting expressions of interest to host the next conference in 2020. More information about previous conference can be found here: https://www.surveillance-studies.net/?page_id=4.

Outlined below is a draft specification for what hosting the conference would require and an indicative budget. If you and your institution would be interested in hosting the conference on this basis, we invite you to submit an expression of interest (EOI). Your EOI should contain information about your institution, your capacity and experience in administering such events, why you want to host it, an estimated conference preparation timeline, what added value you bring (especially why your institution would be an attractive venue to prospective delegates), how accessible the conference venue is (both in terms of being accessible for those with special needs, but also convenient access to mass transit and transportation hubs), and a number of proposals for the conference theme (the conference should have a broad theme so as to be attractive to the diverse range of disciplines and topics that fall under the surveillance studies umbrella). You should also include indicative costings for room hire, daily delegate catering rate, local admin support, delegate packs, and website development. SSN especially welcomes bids from the Global South. The Directors of SSN will choose the venue for the 2020 conference based on a review of the submitted EOIs. Please feel free to contact them for informal conversations and to receive an application pack  (in the first instance, contact Rosamunde van Brakel for this purpose, at Rosamunde.Van.Brakel [ ät] surveillance-studies [dot]net)

Basic specifications for host institution

  • Date: May or June 2020
  • Duration: 2,5 days
  • Capacity:  200-person capacity Lecture Theatre with full AV, plus a minimum of 4 fully AV equipped rooms available nearby with 60+ capacity each.
  • Language: The language of the conference is English.
  • Atrium/Foyer: To cater for lunch/tea and coffee breaks – near to breakout rooms.
  • Catering: 3 X teas and coffee per day, 1 X buffet brunch/lunch per day, plus organize conference dinner (available at additional cost).
  • Accommodation: It is easier if delegates arrange their own accommodation at local hotels but this requires the venue to be a reasonably large city. If the host institution can arrange accommodation that is fine, but we would advise against this because the administration can be difficult, and it often requires a firm block-booking months in advance and payment up front.

Conference Organisation

The conference organising committee consists of:

  • At least four SSN Board members (including one SSN Director)
  • Three members of the host institution (one of whom will be the conference director)

The SSN members of the committee will support the host institution in providing feedback and advice during regular organizing committee calls. Final decisions about the conference theme, registration fees, budget, programme, etc will be made by the organizing committee. SSN will be responsible for determining the keynotes, award ceremonies of SSN prizes and promoting the conference.

Structure of conference:

  • A two and a half-day conference should enable two plenary sessions and 5 parallel sessions.
  • Poster sessions or other activities to encourage Master and Doctoral student involvement in the conference are encouraged.

The Host institution would be responsible for:

  • Reporting on budget, planning, and preparation milestones to SSN in advance of the conference
  • Developing and running the conference website
  • Securing lecture theatres, break out rooms, meal facilities, and catering on time
  • Creating a conference paper archive – password protected
  • Producing a conference accommodation and travel guide for on the conference website
  • Publicizing the conference through social media and mailinglists
  • Fully responsible for organising, managing, and scheduling conference sessions, plenaries and associated activities, this includes management of the submission of abstracts, the review process, scheduling the abstracts in conference sessions, and drafting the final programme
  • Creating the conference pack containing abstracts, delegate list, timetable etc. Organising the conference dinner (at an additional payment)
  • Administering conference registration and payment preferably through electronic means, and collecting SSN subscriptions via the same mechanism
  • All preconference administration including answering delegate’s queries and sending out emails to the delegates with info about the conference
  • Management of front desk and onsite logistics throughout the conference.


call: Surveillance Studies Network Book Award 2019

Call for Nominations:

The Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the annual Surveillance Studies Book Award.

The award is given in recognition of an outstanding monograph on surveillance published during the preceding year. We are currently inviting nominations for 2019 (*books with a ‘2018’ copyright date). Single or multi-authored works are eligible, but not edited volumes.

The winner/s will be announced in late 2019 and will be honored at the 2020 SSN conference. The winner will receive an award amount of £100 (to be split among authors if there is more than one), as well as a 1-year membership for the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN), which provides benefits including discounts on all SSN-sponsored conferences and events.

Deadline

The deadline for nominations and the receipt of four (4) books from the publisher is the 2nd of July 2019. Please note, books will not be returned.

Using the subject heading “SSN Book Award 2019,” please email the committee chair, Jennifer R. Whitson (jwhitson@uwaterloo.ca) to nominate a book. Please include the title of the book, year of publication, author, publishing house, and a paragraph of no more than 300 words detailing specifics about why this book would be suitable for the award.

We require four (4) copies of each book for the prize committee. Have one copy sent to each of the following postal addresses:

  • Jennifer R. Whitson
    Department of Sociology and Legal Studies
    University of Waterloo 2045 PAS Building
    200 University Avenue West
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1
  • Kevin Walby
    Department of Criminal Justice
    University of Winnipeg, Centennial Hall, 3rd Floor
    515 Portage Avenue
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3B 2E9
  • Pinelopi Troullinou
    Trilateral Research,
    FDW House
    Blackthorn Business Park
    Coes Road
    Dundalk, Co Louth, Ireland.
  • Julia Chan
    Cultural Studies Program
    Queen’s University
    B176 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
    Kingston, Ontario
    Canada, K7L 3N6

Find out more about the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) and how to become a member here. 



cfp. 6th LAVITS conference, Brazil

The Latin American Network of Surveillance, Technology and Society studies (LAVITS) is organising its 6th conference.

Call for Papers

The Symposium will be held in Salvador, Brazil 26-28 June 2019. This year’s theme will focus on asymmetries and (in)visibilities: surveillance, gender and race. We feel that due to contextual circumstances, particularly in 2019, Salvador and Brazil are the most appropriate places to host such an event.

This edition of the symposium also marks, for the first time, SSN’s official support to a LAVITS’ event.

Important dates:

  • Abstracts: March 15th, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: April 5th, 2019
  • Full papers: May 30th, 2019


Call for Mentors and mentees: the SSN mentorship programme

Dear Colleagues,

The Surveillance Studies Network is beginning its 2019 mentorship program for doctoral students engaged in research topics on surveillance. We are calling for faculty members and PhD students who are interested to participate this year as mentors and mentees, respectively.

One faculty member mentor will be paired with one PhD student mentee for a one-year period beginning in March 2019. As an informal mentorship arrangement, the program is intended as a supplement to students’ pre-existing mentorship relationships.

The time commitment is minimal, but the program greatly assists young surveillance scholars in conceptualizing their projects and networking with established scholars in the field.

Over the one-year period, each pair will have a minimum of two discussions, in person if possible (such as at a conference), or via phone or video chat. The focus of the discussions can be determined individually by each pair, but they might cover the mentee’s research or research interests, related literatures, the academic job market, or other matters relating to career.

If you are interested in participating, please email Julia Chan (julia.chan@queensu.caby February 25, 2019 with your name, contact information, and keywords of research interests. We will do our best to match faculty members and PhD students who share similar interests.

Note: It is expected that PhD students participating in the program will become SSN members, if they are not already.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Winner of SSN Book Award 2018

Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) are delighted to announce that the winner of the SSN Book Award 2018 is:

Creditworthy: A History of Consumer Surveillance and Financial Identity in America by Josh Lauer, Columbia University Press

We received several book nominations for the award. The quality of all nominated books was outstanding. Creditworthy was chosen as the winner by a panel of judges who were impressed by its empirical depth and analytical sharpness. The book should be of interest to all surveillance scholars around the globe.

Condensed and paraphrased from the publisher page:

Creditworthy is the first comprehensive history of credit bureaus, which today are multi-billion-dollar corporations that track our movements, spending behavior, and financial status. The book explores the evolution of credit reporting from its nineteenth-century origins to the rise of the modern consumer data industry. By revealing the sophistication of early credit reporting networks, Creditworthy highlights the leading role that commercial surveillance has played—ahead of state surveillance systems—in monitoring the economic lives of citizens.



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