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: Manu Luksch, Intermedia Artist

Date: 
March 4, 2015 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Manu Luksch, Intermedia Artist, Founding Director of ambientTV.NET

A seminar presentation: Seeing over Distance, Wednesday, March 4, 12:30pm to 2:00pm, Mackintosh-Corry Hall D411

Already at the dawn of the electric age, the invention of the telephone had unleashed fantasies of seeing over distance. Archival films from over a hundred years ago provide a glimpse into the public imagination, the desires and anxieties of the time. Even then, surveillance was regarded as an unavoidable accomplice of televisual connection. 

Everyone welcome!

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SSC Seminar Series: Marta Kanashiro, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Date: 
March 25, 2015 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 12:30-2pm
Mackintosh-Corry Hall D411

Marta Kanashiro, Professor, Journalism Laboratory, and Faculty of Philosophy and Human Sciences, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Privacy in contemporaneity: a dispute of senses between Brazilian legal debate and social networks

This seminar aims to present different elements of the notion of privacy in Brazilian legal debate and the idea of privacy that predominates in the data exchange on social networks. In this scenario, privacy is a concept that is being destabilized and contested by different practices and discourses from two main actors: the state and the market. Examining the tensions between these actors, and the different perceptions of privacy, can help us to understand the process of transforming the concept of privacy.  

Marta will be heading back to Brazil soon, so please join us for tea and cake after the seminar as a farewell celebration.

Everyone welcome!

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SSC Seminar Series: Andrew Clement, University of Toronto

Date: 
March 11, 2015 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 12:30-2pm
Mackintosh-Corry Hall D411

Mass Internet Surveillance in Canada after Snowden: academic/activist responses

Andrew Clement, Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Edward Snowden's unprecedented leak of secret documents has revealed the astonishing depth and range of mass state surveillance. Clement will provide an overview of the main internet surveillance programs revealed through the published leaks, particularly as they affect Canadians, and highlight the various threats they pose to freedom of expression, privacy and to our democracy more generally. He will discuss the challenge these revelations pose for surveillance researchers and the contributions they may make in resisting and reforming mass state surveillance.

Everyone welcome!

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Film Screening: Life in the Cloud by Manu Luksch, Intermedia Artist

Date: 
March 3, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

The Surveillance Studies Centre

and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

present

Manu Luksch, Intermedia Artist, Founding Director of ambientTV.NET

1) A screening of the film Life in The Cloud, Tuesday, March 3, 5.30pm, Agnes Etherington Art Centre Atrium  

Life in The Cloud traces the desires and anxieties of today’s hyper-connected world back more than a hundred years, when telephone, film and television were new. As revolutionary then as contemporary social media is today, early electric media sparked a fervent utopianism in the public imagination – promising total communication, the annihilation of distance, an end to war. But then, too, there were fears over the erosion of privacy, security, morality.  Using rare (and often unseen) archival material from nearly 200 films to articulate the present, Life in The Cloud reveals a history of hopes to share, and betrayals to avoid. 

Running time: 86 mins 

 

Everyone welcome!

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SSC Seminar Series: Christian Leuprecht and David Skillicorn

Date: 
February 11, 2015 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:30-2pm
Mackintosh-Corry Hall D411

Christian Leuprecht (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Economics, Royal Military College of Canada) and David Skillicorn (Professor, School of Computing, Queen's University)

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SSC Seminar Series: Laura Pinto, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Date: 
January 28, 2015 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:30-2pm, Mackintosh-Corry Hall D411

Laura Pinto (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ontario Institute of Technology)

“Dropping the Elf Bomb”: a frames analysis of media and public surveillance discourse in response to “Elf on the Shelf”

In December 2015, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives published a teaser for an article arguing that the popular Elf on a Shelf toy normalizes panoptic surveillance. In the following weeks, the story and accompanying video (titled Elf et Michelf) went viral online.

In this presentation, Laura Pinto explores and responds to overwhelming public reaction to surveillance within the viral phenomenon based on a corpus of three online stories (Washington Post, Huffington Post, and The Atlantic) and their corresponding reader comments. Mapping five discursive frames (economic, human impact, “us” and “them” divisions, control by powerful others, and moral values) within two evaluative schemas (appropriate/inappropriate surveillance) sheds light on how surveillance was represented and received by the public.

Everyone welcome!

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Early Warning Systems: Charles Stankievech and David Murakami Wood

Date: 
January 14, 2015 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Charles Stankievech (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design, University of Toronto) and David Murakami Wood (Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies, Queen's University)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 12:30-2:00pm
Agnes Etherington Art Centre Atrium

David Murakami Wood will talk about 'listening' as a surveillance practice, with particular reference to the development of coastal listening stations in the UK (the next step from the 'sound mirrors' in Charles Stankievech's exhibition), but will take the history onwards through the building of US and UK intelligence into the telecommunications infrastructure of allied nations in the 1960s, the ECHELON revelations of the 1990s, and the Snowden revelations of the present.

Stankievech and Murakami Wood will let this expand naturally into a conversation about what will hopefully be a compelling and insightful conversation about contemporary and historical surveillance.

Everyone welcome!

Presented by the SSC, Queen's Cultural Studies, and the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre

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SSC Seminar Series: Adam Molnar and David Murakami Wood, Surveillance Studies Centre

Date: 
May 28, 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 12h30-14h00, Mackintosh-Corry Hall C512

Adam Molnar and David Murakami Wood, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's University

"Surveillance Studies and the Media:  from crafting research to engagement strategies"

Amid a daily stream of news stories on surveillance and privacy, surveillance studies scholars are experiencing a ripe historical moment to intervene in public discussion relating to their research. This informal seminar discusses strategies and tools that surveillance studies scholars can use to engage journalists and media in ways that will leverage their critical expertise into current, and politically significant, debates on surveillance and privacy.     

Everyone welcome!

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SSC Seminar Series: Jeffrey Moon, Queen's University Research Data Centre

Date: 
November 19, 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 12h30-14h00, Mackintosh-Corry Hall D411

Jeffrey Moon, Academic Director and Data and Government Information Librarian, Queen's University Research Data Centre

At Queen’s, data from several Surveillance Studies Centre research projects have been documented and archived for public access.  Learn why this is important and how to access surveys like the Globalization of Personal Data, Privacy and Surveillance, and more.  Come see how easy accessing data can be!

Everyone welcome!

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