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:

Surveillance in the 21st Century is characterised by performance, risk scoring, ubiquitous data collection and analysis, algorithms as well as intersecting and blurring power relations. As such surveillance increasingly becomes an integral part of everyday life and professional environments, symbolised by concepts such as the smart city, industry 4.0, smart homes and wearable computing. These new sorting and controlling practices will prompt new forms of visibility, new modes of power, as well as unintended consequences and cumulative disadvantages. Scholars and other concerned individuals face numerous questions: How will these new emerging cultures of surveillance interact with democracy, society and citizenship? What impacts and interdependencies can be observed? How should societies respond to these practices? How do people cope with current features and practices as well as with the historical legacies of surveillance regimes? What role does surveillance play in social theories?

In this context the conference wishes to explore the following key themes:

Key themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • Democracy and surveillance
  • Surveillance and everyday life
  • Cultures and histories of surveillance
  • Surveillance and digital/social media
  • Value sensitive design and PETs
  • Philosophy and theory of surveillance
  • Ethics and Trust in and of surveillance
  • Regulation, politics and governance of surveillance
  • Algorithmic surveillance and big data
  • Resistance to surveillance
  • Non-technological surveillance
    Download: Call for papers, SSN2016, (English and Spanish)

Important dates

  • 13 July 2015 Call for abstracts and intent issued
  • 31 August 2015 Deadline for initial registration of interest by email to
  • 16 November 2015 Deadline submission of abstracts via EasyChair –
  • 30 October 2015 Electronic booking form available – formal registration and payment
  • 15 December 2015 Notification to participants about decisions on abstracts
  • ExtendedEarly Bird registration ends 18th March 2016.
  • 25 March 2016:
    • Submission of full papers
    • Final Deadline for registration and payment for all conference attendees
    • Launch of conference programme
  • 7 April 2016 Papers published on Web available to all registered conference attendees
  • 20 April 2016 Pre-conference activities
  • 21-23 April 2016 Conference in Barcelona

Fees and Local Information

This is a non-residential conference and participants will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation (we will provide advice for this in due course). The Conference will be held at the heart of the city of Barcelona. The conference web site will be up and running from September providing full details of the emerging conference programme, transport and accommodation advice, payment details and a final booking form.

The general Conference Fee is 370€ per person, which includes refreshments, lunch and the option of two year’s membership of the Surveillance Studies Network. There is a discounted rate of 340€ for existing members of the Surveillance Studies Network (containing membership renewal for two more years).

The membership fee will be used to promote the charitable activities of the Surveillance Studies Network, support the continued publication of the Journal of Surveillance and Society and give other benefits to members. There will be discounted places for full time PhD students with an accepted abstract. The Organising Committee will also explore ways to offer reduced rates and facilitate participation of local participants and others who might not have access to academic resources. These will be announced in due course.

See table for all possibilities:

Early bird
(until Feb 28)
Late registration
(after 18th of March)
Whole conference Half conference Whole conference Half conference
Full fee
Includes: Conference fee + 2 year SSN Membership
370 185 390 205
Discount rate
(Existing SSN Members Only) + 2 year SSN membership renewal
340 170 360 190
Postgrad Fee
Conference fee + 1 year SSN membership
170 (until March 18th, 2016) 85 190 105

Please register now at

Organising Committee

  • Liliana Arroyo Moliner (Eticas Research and Consulting)
  • Gemma Galdon Clavell (Eticas Research and Consulting)
  • Daniel Trottier (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Rosamunde Van Brakel (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Dean Wilson (University of Sussex)
  • Nils Zurawski (University of Hamburg)
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