cfp: Watching and being watched

The University of York Centre for Modern Studies (CModS) Post-Graduate Conference,

Saturday 18th June 2011

Watching and being watched are experiences that constantly shape modern experience. This one-day interdisciplinary post-graduate conference will explore themes of observation and surveillance across the arts, humanities and social sciences from a range of literary, philosophical, artistic, sociological, theoretical and historical perspectives.
The CModS PG forum invite abstracts for papers from post-graduates working in any of the humanities and social sciences disciplines. We would welcome interdisciplinary papers, and submissions from panels. Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:

Ethics and anonymity on the internet; theories of the ‘other’; interrogation and interaction; the non-voluntarist vs. voluntarist approach; changing attitudes to the ‘surveillance society’, including cameras, ID cards, databases; small government / big society; spying and surveillance (modern and pre-modern; in popular culture; in terms of gender); masquerade; street life and its representation; ethics of witness; documentary, realism, reality television; and social networking.

Abstracts for papers should be 300 words in length, and the deadline for submissions is Monday 4th April 2011 at 5.00pm.

Please send abstracts to – if you would like more information about the conference or the forum, don’t hesitate to contact us at this address, or
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