Forthcoming International Conference
Surveillance in Everyday Life:
Monitoring Pasts, Presents and Futures
Featuring Professor David Lyon, Queen’s University, Canada
February 20th – 21st 2012
Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney
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 information at transactional ‘points of contact’. 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 life, and whilst surveillance today is qualitatively and quantitatively different from previous forms, it is by no means a new phenomenon. From time immemorial, detailed records have been accumulated on the health, morality, cognitive development, motivations, sexualities, incomes, work activities and whereabouts of human beings – not to mention on animal relations, planetary constellations, environmental conditions, and the like. In the past, as in the present, forms of life have been and are targeted by intensive monitoring regimes. Moreover, surveillance seems set to dominate the future organization of human societies and social relations; but in what form and with what implications?
This conference will consider 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.
Call for papers/panels to be circulated: August 1st 2011
Abstracts (250words) due: September 26th 2011
Acceptance letters distributed: October 24th 2011
Registration opens: October 31st 2011
Full (5000-7000words) papers due: January 16th 2012
Registration deadline: February 1st 2012