Call for papers 9th biennial Surveillance & Society conference of the Surveillance Studies Network
Apologies for cross posting cfp: SSN 2022, Rotterdam
The 9th biennial Surveillance & Society conference of the Surveillance Stud= ies Network, hosted by Erasmus University Rotterdam on June 1-3 2022 in Rot= terdam, The Netherlands
TARGETS, TRACKS AND TRACES
The conference is organised by the international, interdisciplinary open ac= cess journal Surveillance & Society (https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.p= hp/surveillance-and-society/) and the Surveillance Studies Network, which i= s a registered charitable company dedicated to the study of surveillance in= all its forms, and the free distribution of scholarly information (https:/= /www.surveillance-studies.net).
Emerging blinking into the post-pandemic sunlight, the world=92s longest-ru= nning surveillance studies conference is back, offering a famously welcomin= g, constructive atmosphere and three ways forward for thinking about survei= llance:
TARGETS: Who is under surveillance? How are they affected, protected or = harmed? Which individuals, communities or groups benefit and profit from su= rveillance, and which ones lose and are excluded?
TRACKS: How does surveillance happen =96 technologically, socially, poli= tically, culturally etc.?And how is surveillance governed, controlled, regu= lated and prevented? What flows and what is blocked? What trajectories are = emerging? What possibilities are there for critique, opposition, reform, re= sistance, struggle and destruction?
- TRACES: What is left behind?How are trajectories and pathways (re)constr= ucted across individual, collective and societal histories?
These themes will inspire a range of interventions across (sub-)disciplines= and approaches. We invite scholars, artists, and practitioners from all ba= ckgrounds to engage critically with historical, current and emergent survei= llance practices, performances, policies, patterns, plans and proposals, an= d the various dilemmas, opportunities and ambivalences these represent.
We are delighted to already confirm two superb keynote speakers:
- Simone Browne, Associate Professor, in the Department of African and = African Diaspora Studies University of Texas (US)
- Elizabeth Joh, Martin Luther King Professor of Law, UC Davis (US)
KEY TRACKS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Organisational, industrial, and commercial visions
- Surveillance and the workplace
- Consumption and surveillance
- Medical surveillance
- Fraud detection and security
- Education and monitoring
- 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
- Bodies, biometrics & haptics
- Affective surveillance
Law, Justice & Surveillance
- Policing, intelligence and security
- Surveillance in the courts
- Surveillance and human rights
- Privacy and Surveillance
Surveillance and Social Relations
- Gender and identity
- Families and children
- Households and neighbourhoods
- Surveillance art
- Performing surveillance
- Surveillance film and television
- Writing surveillance
- Science fiction and dystopian accounts
Politics and Philosophy of Surveillance
- Surveillance politics
- Surveillance and social justice
- Philosophy of Surveillance
- Ethics and Surveillance
- Regulations, politics and governance of surveillance
There will also be two sponsored special sessions on the following themes:
Special Sessions: Surveillance and Smart Cities *
The smartification of cities has been the primary concern of many local mun= icipalities. Collecting data from citizens=92 movements within the city and= interactions with city infrastructure has become increasingly important fo= r municipal planning. Together with technological intermediaries, local gov= ernments have implemented a myriad of cameras, sensors, and other data coll= ecting technologies in various urban spaces and contexts. Additionally, cit= ies routinely ask citizens to voluntarily participate by urban smartificati= on measures by donating their own personal data to city data repositories f= or ongoing analysis. Whether the city actively monitors its citizens or ask= s for their voluntary participation in urban initiatives, these approaches = raise several surveillance and privacy concerns in the smart city. We invit= e papers that explore the diverse issues of surveillance in smart cities, r= anging from its democratic foundations, citizen resistance and participatio= n, post-covid smart city surveillance, stakeholder interests and platform i= nfluence, and other related topics.
- Sponsored by the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for BOLD Cities: https://www= .centre-for-bold-cities.nl/home
Special Sessions: Social implications of AI supported surveillance #
As the adoption of machine-learning algorithms becomes widespread, the impa= cts of the broad set of technologies commonly labelled as Artificial Intell= igence (AI) also pervade an increasing number of contexts, develop new face= ts, and shift everyday practices. We invite papers that explore the interse= ctions of surveillance and AI, exploring this from a wide range of perspect= ives, including technical, legal, ethical, and economic considerations, amo= ng others, framed within the scope of social impacts. Papers that focus on = core research areas of AI in arts and culture, communication and change, he= alth care policy and management and work and labour are of particular inter= est. The definition of AI for this special session includes not only machin= e learning algorithms, but also perceptions and popular understandings of A= rtificial Intelligence and their perceived, potential and actual impacts.
Sponsored by the Societal Impact of AI Erasmus initiative: https://www.eur=
Interested conference participants are invited to submit abstracts for this= proposal. Due to the limited number of sessions, authors are limited to on= e first author submission for a paper and organisation of one proposed pane= l. Authors can be second author on other papers, but should not be the (pri= mary) presenter.
Paper sessions will be composed by the Organising Committee based on the in= dividual 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
For those who are unable to participate in person, selected panels will off= er the possibility to present remotely. As there will be limited spaces, ap= plicants will be asked to provide a motivation why they are unable to trave= l to Rotterdam.
Panels are sessions that bring together a group of presenters with contribu= tions on a topic related to the conference themes. The session format shoul= d engage the panellists and audience in interactive discussions and prefera= bly 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 and maximum o= f five presentations. Panel Proposals should consist of:
- Name(s) and email address(es) 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 p= anel is of interest to the conference, and the proposed format of the panel= .
- Name(s) and Affiliation(s) of all proposed panellists including a cha= ir. NB: Organisers must secure the agreement of all proposed panellists bef= ore submitting the Panel Proposal.
Submission process and information:
All paper and panel proposals should be submitted through the Easy Chair su= bmission system: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=3Dssn2022#
For further information, please visit our website at: https://www.eur.nl/en= /eshcc/research/ssn-2022
If you have any additional questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org= ur.nl
- December 15, 2021: Submission of individual paper abstracts and confe= rence panels
- February 15, 2022: Decisions regarding paper and panel proposal accep= tance
- March 15, 2022: Preliminary conference programme available
- May 1, 2022: Submission of full papers and extended abstracts
- June 1, 2022: Welcome and opening drinks
- June 1-3, 2022: Conference is held in Rotterdam
Forthcoming request for artistic submissions
Within this conference, we wish to engage with artists working with various= media to enhance our understandings and experiences of surveillance resear= ch and contexts. The conference organisers are working with local artists a= nd the SSN Arts Prize Committee to ensure artistic inclusion at SSN 2022. I= n the coming months, more details about how to participate will be forthcom= ing.
Prof. Dr. Rosamunde van Brakel Associate Professor Cybercrime, TILT Tilburg University, https://www.tilbur= guniversity.edu/staff/r-e-vanbrakel Assistant Professor Chair in Surveillance Studies, LSTS, Vrije Universiteit= Brussel, https://survstudies.research.vub.be/ Co-director Surveillance Studies Network, https://www.surveillance-studies.= net
New publications: Van Brakel, R. (2021) How to watch the watchers? Democratic oversight of al= gorithmic police surveillance in Belgium, Surveillance & Society, 19(2): 22= !-240. Van Brakel, R. (2020) Rethinking Predictive Policing : Towards a Holistic F= ramework of Democratic Algorithmic Surveillance in M.Schuilenburg & R. Peet= ers (eds.) The Algorithmic Society, Routledge