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Open Call for Future Surveillance Studies Network Conferences

Surveillance & Society and the Surveillance Studies Network are seeking Expressions of Interest for hosting our biennial conference in 2026, 2028 and beyond. 

We are looking for universities and research institutes with accessible venues, which can host a 3-day conference for at least 300 people, with at least 6 streams of parallel sessions every day, and an additional doctoral colloquium preceding the main conference. Ideally, we would also want the entire conference to be hybrid and available online.

We will accept EoIs until 2 months before the prior conference – so the end of March 2024 will be the deadline for EoIs for the 2026 event. Then the announcement of the next venue will be made at the conference.

Please note that our conference helps to fund SSN, which is a UK-registered educational charity, that owns and publishes Surveillance & Society.

Please send all EoIs to David Murakami Wood, david <dot> mw <at> uottawa <dot> ca

Surveillance & Society Readership and Citations

Are you interested in which articles are being cited and downloaded from Surveillance & Society?

We have just updated our Readership and Citation section for 2023, including a Top 30 Most Cited Articles, a Top 30 Most Read Articles, and a Top 20 Trending Articles (pieces published over the last two years). 

Available here:

Call for Dialogue: Terrorism, White Supremacy, State Surveillance

Dear Colleagues,

as the Dialogue Editor of Surveillance & Society, I invite expressions of interest to write short (~2000-word) papers for an upcoming Dialogue section of the journal focused on the interrelated topics of “Domestic Terrorism, White Supremacy, and State Surveillance.” We aim to publish the section in either the June or September 2021 issue of Surveillance & Society.

In this Dialogue, we seek contributions that examine how concerns about domestic terrorism, white supremacy, and/or nationalism have impacted domestic state surveillance practices and surveillance powers in countries around the world. The attack on the U.S. Capitol Building in January 2021 represents just one recent and high-profile instance of how nationalism and white supremacy have resulted in calls for greater domestic surveillance practices and powers. There have been others in many parts of the world in recent years. Thus, in this section we call for proposals to submit Dialogue pieces to the journal that reflect on, unpack, or critique how domestic state surveillance powers have been affected by domestic terrorism concerns in countries around the world (especially those related to white supremacy and nationalism), how surveillance studies research might inform the path forward, and (where relevant) how a surveillant focus on white nationalists and domestic terrorism might also negatively impact communities of color, exacerbate inequalities, and/or promote discrimination.

Specifically, we are looking for short contributions that answer (some of) these questions and, in the process, also critically examine the role that such surveillance may play in societies around the globe and suggest ideas, theories, or methods to approach surveillance studies research in the future. We are hoping to curate a small set of papers from scholars in various parts of the world, including in the Global South and areas not as commonly the focus of surveillance studies research. As such, we will prioritize submissions against those criteria, in addition to excellence and fit with the full set of accepted papers.

If you are interested in proposing a short paper for inclusion in this discussion, please send the following to me on or before the end of day on Feb. 28, 2021 (to

  • Your name
  • Details of your institutional affiliation (if applicable)
  • Link to your online profile, website, etc. with list of your publications (if available)
  • A title and 300-400 word abstract for your proposed contribution (proposals should connect to the themes identified above and also have a strong normative/critical/argumentative element)

Please note that Dialogue pieces are not refereed, but are subject to editorial review and, if (tentatively) accepted, possible requests for revision. Depending on time constraints, we also hope to allow authors of accepted papers the chance to read and engage with the other accepted papers prior to publication, to create a real dialogue within the section. We will only be selecting a small number of pieces for inclusion in this special section.

I look forward to reading your proposals.

2019 Winners of Early Career Researcher Awards

The SSN is pleased to announce the 2019 winners of the Surveillance Studies Network’s “Early Career Researcher Awards” for publications in Surveillance & Society.

The winning papers are…

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

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).

New Issue: Surveillance & Society

This first open issue of 2018 presents a variety of contextually grounded articles on surveillance dynamics. The pieces range from the negotiation of police traffic cameras, to resistance to state intelligence programs, to counter-hooliganism schemes at sporting arenas, to gendered subjectivities cultivated and mediated by film. The issue also includes ten new book reviews.
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Surveillance and Society – new issue out now!

Volume 15, Number 2: Open Issue

We’re delighted to present another packed issue including articles by:

  • Sun-ha Hong on surveillance critique;
  • Alberto Romele, Francesco Gallino, Camilla Emmenegger and Daniele Gorgone on why panopticism is not enough;
  • Robert Rothmann on video surveillance and the right of access;
  • Selena Nemorin on post-panoptic pedagogies;
  • Deborah Lupton and Mike Michael on public understandings of dataveillance;
  • Hayley Watson, Rachel L. Finn and David Barnard-Wills on surveillance in public opinion surveys;
  • Alana Saulnier on the surveilled subject;
  • Katherine Pendakis on surveillance in post-civil war Greece;
  • Laura Skouvig on surveillance in late absolutistic Denmark; and
  • Lucy E. Thompson on privacy, slut-shaming surveillance… and Vermeer.

Plus our usual book reviews.

Coming soon, in early July, our massive special issue of 35 shorter pieces
from around the world on Surveillance and the Global Turn to Authoritarianism!

New issue of S&S: Race, Communities and Informers

Vol 15, No 1 (2017) out now: Race, Communities and Informers

guest-edited by Simone Browne (University of Austin at Texas), Katherine Mckittrick (Queen’s University, Ontario) and Ronak K. Kapadia (University of Illinois at Chicago).


cfp. Surveillance and the Global Turn to Authoritarianism

Call for Contributions: Surveillance and the Global Turn to Authoritarianis

A special responsive issue of Surveillance & Society

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Early Career Researcher awards

SSN board is proud to announce the winners of the Early Career Researcher awards for 2015 and 2016. We congratulate the winners!

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