SSC Seminar Series

SSC Seminar Series

A key component of our project are the research seminars we regularly hold throughout the academic term to draw other co-investigators, students, and partners together for round-table discussions.

The seminars are organized by Sachil Singh. For seminar dates/times, plus other SSC/New Transparency events, see the event calendar.

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SSC Seminar Series: Anthony Amicelle, Université de Montréal

April 9, 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12h30-14h00, Mac Corry D411
Anthony Amicelle, Assistant Professor, School of Criminology, Université de Montréal

The Configuration of Financial Surveillance

The presentation aims to question dynamics of surveillance and control in relation to the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. While the blurred notion of dirty money has become the meeting point of a constellation of interests, we argue that the configuration of financial surveillance works on the basis of a misapprehension. Here, misapprehension is the main condition of possibility rather than an obstacle to the mobilization against dirty money that produces unexpected effects.

Everyone welcome!

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SSC Seminar Series: Krystle Maki, Queen's University

March 26, 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12h30-14h00, Mac Corry D411
Krystle Maki, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Queen's University

From Social Work to Agents of Surveillance: caseworkers' perspectives on welfare surveillance within ‘Ontario Works’

Drawing on the qualitative in-depth interviews from her doctoral research with OW caseworkers, Maki examines, from a human perspective, how caseworkers negotiate welfare surveillance. In other words, by focussing on the people behind the OW surveillance “apparatus”, she examines how policy is translated into the every day. In this way, the seminar explores how neoliberal subjectivity shapes caseworkers – and therefore, casework.

Everyone welcome!

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SSC Seminar Series: Drone Surveillance Research Group, Queen's University

March 19, 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 12h30-14h00, Mac Corry D411
Drone Surveillance Research Group, SSC, Queen's University

Surveillance Drones in Canada

The proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) raises privacy concerns when used for surveillance purposes. The SSC is investigating UAVs in Canada to provide policy recommendations to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. The report examines historical development, privacy sensitive aspects, marketing by manufacturers and public knowledge of UAV use.

Everyone welcome!

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SSC Seminar Series: Adam Molnar, Queen's University

February 26, 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm


Wednesday, February 26: 12h30-14h00 Macdonald Hall 100 [note change of venue]
Adam Molnar, Postdoctoral Fellow, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's University

The Rise of Drones in Canada and the United States: policy contours and militarizing currents

 This talk examines policy-networks, laws, and socio-political practices that mediate how authorities in Canada and the US are adopting Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Comparing trends between Canada and the US affords critical insight into how domestic uses of UAVs are redefining privacy, law enforcement, and are expressing trends toward the militarization of domestic public safety assemblages.

Everyone welcome!

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SSC Seminar Series: Scott Thompson, Queen's University

February 5, 2014 - 1:15pm - 2:30pm

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 13h15-14h30, Mac Corry D411 [note change of time]
Scott Thompson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's University

Social Sorting in the Pre-Electronic Era: surveillance, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the (re)production of the “Drunken Indian” stereotype in Ontario, 1927-1952

This seminar investigates the technologies and rationalities that the Liquor Control Board of Ontario deployed in order to demonstrate the impact that this institution had on populations deemed in need of control. The LCBO’s “list of known drunkards,” worked to (re)produce the false stereotype of alcohol abuse it tied to the First Nations populations in Ontario.

Everyone welcome!


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SSC Seminar Series: Agnieszka Leszczynski, Queen's University

January 22, 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Agnieszka Leszczynski, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography, Queen's University

Gender, Privacy, and the Location-aware Present

Wednesday, January 22
12:30pm to 2pm
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411

This talk examines how the effects of the pervasive erosion of locational privacy – underwritten by the convergence of digital ICTs and location – are manifesting unevenly for individuals who embody different gender identities/positionalities, and why it is that we should be attentive to questions around gender vis-à-vis locational privacy and surveillance.
Everyone welcome!

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SSC Seminar Series: Mark Salter, University of Ottawa

January 7, 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 12h30-14h00, Mac Corry D411
Mark Salter, Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

The Owl and the Clock:
the surveillant assemblage and the intellectual

The relationship of surveillance studies scholars to politics has been a constant and productive site of tension and debate. Within the assemblage theory community, however, the question of engagement has been limited. This talk puts assemblage theory in discussion with  academics to illuminate some of the political dynamics inherent in tracing these complex networks of causality and emergence.

Everyone welcome!

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SSC Seminar Series: Alice Marwick

November 20, 2013 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Mac-Corry Room D411 (Sociology Lounge)
12:30 - 1:30 pm

Alice Marwick, Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University

Networked Privacy & Social Surveillance

Traditional models of privacy are individualistic, but networked data challenges how privacy operates. Social technologies enable people to widely share information about others without consent, and investigate what others are doing. This talk examines the relationship between social media, the shift to networked privacy, and the prevalence of social surveillance.

Everyone welcome!

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SSC Seminar Series: Didier Bigo and Elspeth Guild

November 6, 2013 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Macdonald Hall 300 (Faculty of Law) NEW location
12:30 - 1:30 pm

November 6:
Didier Bigo, Professor, Department of War Studies, King's College London
Elspeth Guild, Professor, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London

Implications of Cyber Mass Surveillance for Sovereignty, Security, Freedom, Fundamental Rights and Democracy after the revelation of the secret programs: PRISM, Tempora
What do we know concerning the surveillance programs spearheaded by the NSA? What they do (and do not), what fears have been generated by the revelation concentrating first on the specificities of cyber mass surveillance? What is the legality and legitimacy of the programmes?

Everyone welcome!

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