[csaa-forum] Media seminar at UNSW

James Donald j.donald at unsw.edu.au
Thu Oct 26 11:03:50 CST 2006

UNSW Media Film and Theatre Seminars
5 p.m. Wednesday 1 November Webster 327


Janet Chan

Since 9/11 and the 'war on terror' our society seems to have shifted 
from a 'culture of control' (David Garland) to a 'culture of 
suspicion' (Richard Ericson). In this seminar, this culture of 
suspicion is explored in relation to the practice of surveillance and 
the notion of 'suspicious packages'. Analysing images and materials 
from media reports and government campaigns, the paper discusses the 
constitution of 'suspicious' mail packages as 'dangerous' objects and 
its consequences. While government campaigns may have tried to turn 
the public into both police and suspects, many artists have become 
vanguards in the  resistance movement against surveillance.

Janet Chan is a professor at the School of Social Science and Policy 
UNSW. Her research interests have included criminal justice policy, 
policing, organisational culture and the sociology of creativity. 
This seminar draws on her current MFA work on surveillance and 

Dr James Donald
Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor of Film Studies, School of Media, Film and Theatre
University of New South Wales
NSW 2052

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