[csaa-forum] Surveillance and/in Everyday Life - Call for Papers

Melissa Gregg melissa.gregg at sydney.edu.au
Thu Aug 11 16:19:46 CST 2011

Apologies for cross-posting

Surveillance and/in Everyday Life: Monitoring Pasts, Presents & Futures

An International Conference featuring Professor David Lyon, Queen’s
University, Canada

February 20th – 21st 2012

Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, Australia


The intensification and diversification of surveillance in recent decades
has been remarkable.
CCTV cameras, private investigators, loyalty cards, body scanners, DNA
swabs, RFID tags,
Web 2.0 platforms/protocols and internet cache cookies constitute only some
of the many
instruments facilitating the routine extraction and collection of personal
Advancement in technological applications, and wider cultures of risk,
uncertainty, distrust
and consumption, have all helped to legitimate and naturalize surveillance
as a multi-purpose
tool in the everyday lives of individuals and organizations. Yet, whilst
surveillance seems
increasingly embedded in the physical and cultural fabric of contemporary
living, and whilst
surveillance today is qualitatively and quantitatively different from
previous modes, it is by no
means a novel phenomenon. From time immemorial, detailed records have been
on the health, morality, cognitive development, motivations, sexualities,
incomes, work
activities and whereabouts of certain populations – not to mention on animal
planetary constellations, environmental conditions, and the like. In the
past, as in the present,
forms of life have been and are targeted by a polymerous array of monitoring
and recording
devices. Moreover, surveillance as a mode of social regulation, a cultural
medium, a
symbolic resource and a companion species is set to further dominate the
political, economic
and socio-cultural landscapes of future human societies and social
assemblages; but with
what implications for social justice, social relations and subjectivities?
This conference
critically considers the significance of everyday surveillance in relation
to temporality,
exploring the changing nature of surveillance as it relates to cultural
specificities, past
transformations, present landscapes and possible/emergent futures.


martin.french at queensu.ca
 WORK, ORGANIZATIONS & ECONOMY – abstracts to: gavin.smith at sydney.edu.au
 CRIME, LAW & NATIONAL SECURITY – abstracts to: pat.omalley at sydney.edu.au
 THEORISING SURVEILLANCE – abstracts to: kane.race at sydney.edu.au
 MEDIA, CULTURE & CONSUMPTION – abstracts to: kathy.cleland at sydney.edu.au
 PRIVACY & PUBLICITY – abstracts to: stephen.robertson at sydney.edu.au
garner.clancey at sydney.edu.au
 OTHER – abstracts to: peter.marks at sydney.edu.au


Authors are required to identify and specify on abstracts the general
thematic stream (from
those listed above) in which their paper best resides. Thus, please send a
250-word abstract
for review to the designated stream organizer. Where possible, abstracts
should be in a
Microsoft Word format, in ‘Times’ font, size 12. The paper’s title and the
author details
section should be embolded and centred. To be considered by the panel,
abstracts MUST
include: a title, author name(s), departmental/institutional affiliation(s)
and contact email
address(es). Please note that the conference committee will evaluate the
quality, merit and
suitability of each abstract before a decision of acceptance/rejection is
taken. Selected papers
will be given a 20-minute presentational slot and 10-minutes for questions.

Registration includes both tea/coffee breaks and lunch. Registration payment
categories for
this event are as follows:

 Academic/Professional AUD $200*
* For registrations made BEFORE December 15th 2011, $225 AUD thereafter.
 Concession (Unwaged, Students and Pensioners) AUD $50


Call for papers/panels circulated: AUGUST 10TH 2011
Abstracts (250-words) due: OCTOBER 3RD 2011
Acceptance letters distributed: OCTOBER 24TH 2011
Registration opens: OCTOBER 31ST 2011
Registration closes: FEBRUARY 1ST 2012


Please visit: http://surveillanceandeveryday.com/

Dr Melissa Gregg
Department of Gender and Cultural Studies
Quadrangle Building A14
University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia

p + 61 2 9351 3657 | m + 61 408 599 359 | e melissa.gregg at sydney.edu.au


New book: Work’s Intimacy

Also out: The Affect Theory Reader (edited with Gregory J Seigworth)

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