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.

Impressions from SSN 2018, Aarhus

Some photos from the award ceremonies (arts-fund-prize and outstanding achievement award) at SSN 2018 in Aarhus.

cfp: Surveillance, Social Media, & Identity

Call for Papers: Surveillance, Social Media, & Identity 

24th – 25th October 2018 

De Montfort University, Clephan Building, Bonners Lane, Leicester

Submit: 250-word abstract to by 1st August 2018 with name/title/affiliation

Send full papers: 6,000-8,000 words to by 8th October 2018 (peer reviewed material will be considered for IJMD, see below)

Register: Conference is free, with lunch provided, but register via Eventbrite

Media Discourse Centre

  • Journal Launch: IJMD, 2019, International Journal of Media Discourse (Editors: Ruth Sanz Sabido, CCCU; Ben Harbisher, DMU; Stuart Price, DMU)
  • Queries re. Journal, write to:

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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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SSN 2018: Registration is open

8th biennial Surveillance Studies Network

Conference Surveillance Beyond Borders and Boundaries

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 8th biennial Surveillance Studies Network Conference, Surveillance Beyond Borders and Boundaries, is now open. You can register and find information about the conference, venue and hotels on the conference website . A full conference programme will follow later.

Please notice that the early bird rate ends on April 15th!

We look forward to seeing you in Aarhus

Best regards
The Organising Committee

Surveillance film and play list

The blog of Prof. Dr. Gloria González Fuster, Research Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)’s Faculty of Law and Criminology holds two valuable lists of surveillance films and a wonderful playlist of surveillance and privacy songs. Check it out.

© gloria gonzález fuster

© gloria gonzález fuster

Call for Nominations: SSN Book Award 2018

The Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the annual Surveillance Studies Book Award 2018.

The award is given in recognition of an outstanding monograph on surveillance published during the preceding year. We are currently inviting nominations for 2018 (*books with a ‘2017’ copyright date).

  • Single or multi-authored works are eligible, but not edited volumes.
  • The winner/s will be announced in late 2018.
  • The winner/s 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.

The deadline for nominations and the receipt of three (3) books from the publisher is 9th July 2018. Please note, books will not be returned.

Using the subject heading “SSN Book Award 2018,” please email the committee chair, Kevin Walby ( 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 three (3) copies of each book for the prize committee. Have one copy sent to each of the following postal addresses:

  • William G. Staples, Department of Sociology, The University of Kansas, 1415 Jayhawk Blvd., 716 Fraser Hall Lawrence, Kansas, United States, 66045-754
  • 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, Phone: 204-786-9105

SSN Book Prize 2017: Greg Wise for Surveillance and Film

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the SSN Book Award 2017 is:

Surveillance and Film by J. Macgregor Wise (Bloomsbury 2016)

The quality of nominations this year was outstanding. Surveillance and Film was chosen as the winner by a panel of judges who were particularly impressed by its insightful analysis and engaging style. The book will be of interest to all surveillance scholars irrespective of their specific focus.

Congratulations Greg for a fantastic contribution to surveillance studies!

The winner will be

  • honored at the upcoming SSN conference (7-9 June 2018, Aarhus, Denmark)
  • receive an award amount of £100
  • get a 1-year membership for the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN)

SSN Arts Fund Prize: The winner!

The selection committee is delighted to announce the winner of the inaugural Arts Fund Prize, James Coupe, for his work “Watchtower: A Machine for Living”.

We had an exceptionally strong body of submissions, and thus the committee is additionally pleased to announce three honorable mentions: Julia Scher, for “Predictive Engineering3”, Rose Butler, for “Come and Go”, and Stefy McKnight for “Hunting for Prey”.

The Surveillance Studies Network Arts Fund is a bi-annual award that recognizes and publicly supports artwork centred on critical readings of surveillance. The Award includes a £2,000 prize, a showcase opportunity at the SSN Conference June 7-9, 2018 in Aarhus, Denmark, and invited participation in a future Surveillance & Society forum discussing the work.

Please look for further coverage of these artists and their work in Blink, the blog of Surveillance & Society, at the conference in Aarhus this June, and in a future special section of Surveillance & Society.

If you are joining us at the conference, please note that the submission deadline is 31 January, 2018.

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