SSC Seminar Series

SSC Seminar Series: Dennis Molinaro (Trent University)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

12:30 – 2 pm

Mackintosh Corry Hall D411 

Dennis Molinaro

The Bridge in the Park: Reflections on Law, Security and the Normalization of Surveillance

Security has often been used as a justification for the creation of a host of laws and regulations, some public, some secret. While we can debate the necessity of the measures, we can also challenge the notion...

SSC Seminar Series: Anouk Mols (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

12:30 – 2 pm

Mackintosh Corry Hall D411 

Materialised (dis)trust: Mapping the dynamics of WhatsApp neighbourhood watchfulness practices

WhatsApp neighbourhood watch groups are an already ubiquitous phenomenon in the Netherlands despite having only recently emerged. This study draws on an in-depth and multidimensional examination of the ‘watchfulness’ practices of members of these groups through interviews and focus groups. It begins...

SSC Seminar Series: Markus Uhlmann, University of Kassel

Socio-technical processes and institutional design of digital trust infrastructures: privacy protection in online social network sites

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

12:30 – 2 pm

Mackintosh Corry Hall D411 

Contemporary privacy practices, as well as big data surveillance, that are constituted among users of online social network sites (OSNs), challenge, in many cases, established regulatory approaches of data protection and understandings of privacy. In this...

SSC Research Round-up

Mackintosh-Corry Hall D411

(Sociology Lounge)

We start the Surveillance Studies Centre Seminar Series with the annual "Research Round-up".  The aim of this meeting is to give everyone the opportunity to welcome new and returning students, staff and faculty and update each other on recent and ongoing research as it relates to surveillance studies.  New and returning members welcome!

Pizza provided!

Kindly R.S.V.P to Joan...

SSC Seminar Series: Scott Thompson, University of Saskatchewan

Then the Whites Came and Made Us Indians: Law, Categorization, Technologies of Governance, and the Criminalization of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada

 Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

12:30 – 2 pm

Mackintosh Corry Hall Room D411 

In 1953 a man holding the position of “Indian Councillor” stood up to a provincial government envoy saying; “We were the first settlers...

SSC Seminar Series: Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths

Evelyn Ruppert

Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights

 Wednesday, March 29, 2017

12:30 – 2 pm

Mackintosh Corry Hall Room D214 

(Grad Students are also invited to join Evelyn Ruppert for an informal discussion in Mac-Corry Room C512 from 10.30 to 11.30 before her seminar.)

Data has been constituted as an object vested with certain powers, influence, and rationalities. Ruppert places the emergence and transformation of professional...

SSC Seminar Series: Tim McSorley, International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group

Wednesday, March 1

Location: MacCorry D411 (Sociology Lounge)

Tim McSorley  (National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group)

Surveillance, intelligence and civil liberties in Canada

Fears over mass surveillance have been growing worldwide over the past decade, so worries about its impact hardly seem new. Recent developments in Canada, though, are raising concerns that our privacy and personal data are even less safe...

SSC Seminar Series: Denise Anthony, Dartmouth College

The Logic and Limits of Privacy as Control in the era of Big Data

Room Mac-Corry D214

Denise Anthony argues for the conceptualization of privacy as social, relational, and contextual, which recognizes that privacy intersects with social structures and institutions to affect not only individuals, but also groups and communities, and indeed the organization and functioning of society. Understanding privacy as such...

SSC Seminar Series: Gabriella Coleman, McGill University

What did the Fawkes Say: Anonymous and the Politics of Leaking 

Wednesday, January 18 

12:30 - 2:00pm, MacCorry Room D214

Outlaw tactics. Vigilante justice. Website defacement. Data dumps. In this golden age of whistleblowing and leaking, Anonymous has displayed a knack for fomenting controversy and drawing attention to its actions due to their reliance on these unconventional forms of...

SSC Seminar Series: Martin French, Concordia University

Player (Self) Tracking: Responsible Gaming in the Digital Era

Martin French, Concordia University

Wednesday, November 30 

12:30 - 2:00pm, MacCorry Room D411 (Sociology Lounge)

This presentation outlines a new project, situated at the intersection of risk studies, surveillance studies, game studies and gambling studies. Responsible gaming can be conceptualized as a late-modern governance strategy designed to regulate harms associated with institutionalization of gambling. It...

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