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Surveillance Studies Network Conference 2020

Dear all,

In case you did not see it earlier, the call for papers of for the 9th
biennial Surveillance & Society conference is out. We would be happy to have
papers that take a STS approach to surveillance issues in particular for this

On behalf of my co-conference coordinator Daniel Trottier and myself, we look
forward to welcoming you to Rotterdam June 8-10, 2020. Information regarding
the registration and fees is available at the following link:

More information on logistics will be posted in the coming months.

We are delighted to inform you that the conference will have the following
special presentations:

Keynote address: Jos van Dijck - "Dataism and dataveillance in the age
of AI"
Keynote address: Simone Browne - "The Ecologies of Surveillance
The SSN 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award
The SSN 2020 Arts Prize

We look forward to seeing many of you next year!

All the best.

Jason Pridmore

Call for Papers

The 9th biennial Surveillance & Society conference of the Surveillance Studies
Network, hosted by Erasmus University Rotterdam on June 8-10 2020 in
Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Visual acuity has historically been measured based on the normative value of
20/20 vision. Yet by the year 2020, the clarity of vision regarding
surveillance practices and their implications remains clouded. The metaphors
of vision and optics are central - and privileged - components of surveillance
research. This conference considers three interrelated lines of sight to bring
increased focus on understanding, evaluating and responding to surveillance.

First, the benefits of hindsight call attention to surveillant antecedents
that inform or impinge upon current developments and practices. Excavations
into precursors of contemporary surveillance illuminate potential ideals and
expectations for emerging types of monitoring.
Second, new trajectories of (in)sight articulate how surveillance serves as a
means for the collection and mediation of a wide range of activities and
behaviours. Particularly digital forms of information gathering lend
themselves to the rapid collation and comparison of surveillance subjects in
ways that both render them increasingly visible and subject to various
unanticipated, unwanted and unjust interventions.

Third, the potentials of foresight allow a focus on the emergent character of
surveillance indicative of new modalities of power, flows of information, and
challenges to freedom, autonomy and action. Given the penchant for increased
forms of control alongside various forms of resistance, the question of
surveillance futures and its response remains crucial for continued analysis
as well as social and political forms of engagement.

These lines of sight prompt different sets of concerns across
(sub-)disciplines and approaches. We invite scholars, artists, and
practitioners from a wide range of (disciplinary) backgrounds to critically
engage with established and emergent surveillance practices, and the various
dilemmas, opportunities and ambivalences these represent.

Key tracks of the conference include but are not limited to:

Re-envisioning surveillance histories
Foreseeing futures
Regulations, politics and governance of surveillance
Science fiction and dystopian accounts
Organisational, industrial and commercial visions
Surveillance and the workplace
Consumption and surveillance
Medical surveillance
Fraud detection and security
Education and monitoring
Viewing transitions
Migration and refugees
Borders and security
Social movements and protests for change
Electoral monitoring
Digitally mediated surveillance
Algorithms and focused monitoring
Drones and security devices
Social media platforms
Mobile devices, including wearables
Internet infrastructures
IoT devices
Big data analytics
Sensing beyond seeing
Critiques of visual metaphors
Listening and other kinds of sensing
Intersecting concepts and concerns
Gender and identity
Families and children
Politics and social justice
Policing and security
Privacy (and critiques thereof)
Ethics (in relation to citizenship, design and/or research)
Bodies and biometrics
Households and neighbourhoods

Submission criteria:
Interested conference participants are invited to submit abstracts for this
proposal. Due to the limited number of sessions, authors are limited to one
first author submission for a paper and organisation of one proposed panel.
Authors can be second author on other papers, but should not be the (primary)

Paper Proposals
Paper sessions will be composed by the Organising Committee based on the
individual paper abstracts submitted. Abstracts should consist of:

Name(s) of Author(s)
Affiliation(s) of Author(s)
Proposed Title of Paper
An abstract of up to 200 words

Panel Proposals

Panels are sessions that bring together a group of presenters with
contributions on a topic related to the conference themes. The session format
should engage the panellists and audience in interactive discussions and
preferably represent a diversity of views on the topic. Panels should be
designed to fit in a 90-minute session, and feature a minimum of three
presentations. Panel Proposals should consist of:

Name(s) of Organiser(s)
Affiliation(s) of Organiser(s)
Proposed Title of Panel including the indication [PANEL] in the title
An abstract of up to 350 words, including an explanation of why the
panel is of interest to the conference, and the proposed format of the panel.
Name(s) and Affiliation(s) of all proposed panellists. NB: Organisers
must secure the agreement of all proposed panellists before submitting the
Panel Proposal.

Submission process and information:

All paper and panel proposals should be submitted through the Easy Chair
submission system:

For further information, please visit our website at:

Key dates:

December 15, 2019: Submission of individual paper abstracts and
conference panels
February 15, 2020: Decisions regarding paper and panel proposal
March 15, 2020: Preliminary conference programme available
May 1, 2020: Submission of full papers and extended abstracts
June 7, 2020: Welcome and opening drinks
* June 8-10, 2020: Conference is held in Rotterdam

Special concerns or requests can be directed to the dedicated email address
for the conference:
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