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Call for tender: SSN conference 2018

The Surveillance Studies Network is calling for tenders to host the Surveillance Studies Network 7th Biennial Conference 2018.

  • Tenders to be received by Friday March 4 2017
  • Decision to be announced on Friday 24 March 2017 

Please send tenders and any questions to

All details can be found in this document.

Call: Surveillance Studies Book Award

Call for Nominations: Surveillance Studies Book Award: 2015 and 2016

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

The award is given in recognition of an outstanding monograph on surveillance and society published during the preceding year.

We are currently inviting nominations for 2015 (books with a ‘2014’ copyright date) and 2016 (books with a ‘2015’ copyright date).

Single or multi-authored works are eligible, but not edited volumes.

The winner/s will be honored at one of the bi-annual surveillance studies conferences. They 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 many benefits including discounts on all SSN-sponsored conferences and events.

The deadline for nominations and the receipt of 2 books from the publisher is September 16th, 2016.

Using the subject heading “SSN Book Award Nomination” please email the relevant committee chair (listed below) to organize sending copies of the nominated book. Please include the title of the book, year of publication, author, publishing house, and a brief paragraph detailing specifics about why this book would be suitable for the award. We require 2 copies of each book for the committee.

2015 book prize committee chair: Emmeline Taylor (

2016 book prize committee chair: Rachel Dubrofsky (

#SSN2016: impressions and memories

The organisers have put together some Twitter memories and I have collected some impressions from a very successful and enjoyable conference.

And a letter from Barcelona from an enthusiastic attendee.

See you all in 2018. The bidding process will open later this year. Watch these pages.

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cfp: Roundtable on Drones

Research Round Table on Drones

Call for papers closes: Friday April 1.

The use of drones has increased exponentially. They are now a standard feature of war and are increasingly being deployed to assist with border protection and conservation work. More controversially, drones are cheap and easy to acquire. They are therefore also appealing to activists who want to obtain information about controversial activities taking place on private property.

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The Third CRISP Doctoral Training School

20–24 June 2016
University of Edinburgh

Application Form

CRISP is proud to announce that applications for its third biannual Doctoral Training School are open. The School takes place at the University of Edinburgh from the 20–24 June 2016. The School will feature five days of intensive training in multi-disciplinary research methods and skills in the field of Surveillance Studies. It will also feature a range of knowledge-exchange and research-training activities, as well as providing social and networking opportunities.

cfp: Surveillance: Power, Performance and Trust

The 7th biennial Surveillance & Society conference

of the Surveillance Studies Network, hosted by Eticas Research & Consulting.

Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd April 2016 in Barcelona

To register go to:

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Invitation to Host 7th Surveillance Studies Network Conference, 2016

After last year’s successful conference in Barcelona ( we are now opening the tendering process for hosting the 2016 conference.

Please find attached the Invitation To Tender.

The deadline for the submission of tenders is Friday March 13th , we’ll let you know of the outcome by Friday 28th March. In the meantime if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask me or any of the SSN board.

Thanks for your attention


Reminder: Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar 2015

The Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar provides an intensive, multi-disciplinary learning experience that addresses key issues of surveillance studies in ways that enhance the participants’ own research projects, as well as providing a unique national and international networking opportunity.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada
June 6 – 14, 2015

“Inspiring” –2013 SSSS participant
“Relaxed and manageable format/schedule. Good international mix of participants” –2011 SSSS participant

Core Faculty

David Murakami Wood, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University
Kirstie Ball, Professor of Organization, The Open University Business School, UK
Valerie Steeves, Associate Professor of Criminology, University of Ottawa, Canada

More information and complete registration forms

Deadline is 27 March 2015.

cfp: Spying on Spies

Spying on Spies: Popular Representations of Spies and Espionage

3-5 September 2015, Warwick Business School, Shard Building, London

Keynote speakers: Professor Phyllis Lassner (Northwestern University)
and Dr Rosie White (Northumbria University)

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by 15 February 2015, along with a cover 
sheet stating your name, university, contact information, plus a brief biographical paragraph about your academic interests. 
Submissions and enquiries can be sent to

Organisers: Toby Manning (The Open University), Joseph Oldham (University of Warwick) and Emma Grundy Haigh (Goldsmiths)

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cfp. eHealth and surveillance

TILTing perspectives 2015

Under Observation: Synergies, benefits and trade-offs of eHealth and surveillance

eHealth is considered ‘lean’ and inexpensive. It promises access to healthcare and lifestyle management anywhere, anytime. Wearable sensors gather health data in real time and help take charge of our wellbeing, while Big Data Analytics promises better understanding of disease, prevention and treatment. These new trends are in line with a tendency to seek solutions to societal problems in data aggregation, monitoring, profiling and behaviour tracking. But these technologies also create new opportunities for surveilling and steering health-related behaviours.

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