SSC Seminar Series: Susan Cahill, University of Calgary

Susan Cahill

The Art & Surveillance Project 

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

12:30 – 2 pm

Agnes Etherington Art Centre Atrium

Dr. Cahill’s talk will address the research she has conducted as part of The Art & Surveillance Project ( This online curatorial project catalogues artists, artworks, and exhibitions addressing the policies and technologies of surveillance in Canada post-9/11. As such, it brings together previously disconnected creative works to think through the trends, themes, styles, and approaches that characterize the art of surveillance, and analyses these art projects as critical contributions to studies and debates on Canadian surveillance systems in the post-2001 context.  

About the Speaker:  

Dr. Susan Cahill is an assistant professor of Art History in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary. She completed her MA (2007) and PhD (2012) in Visual and Material Culture Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston. Dr. Cahill’s research broadly explores how cultural objects function to shape and reshape the category of “Canada” in the modern and contemporary periods. Her current research project, The Art & Surveillance Project,investigates the ways in which creative practices can provoke new ways of seeing the politics and policies of surveillance within contemporary Canadian society. Additionally, Dr. Cahill is completing a documentary, A Sentimental Journey, which chronicles her mother’s travels to the site of her family’s former home in rural Newfoundland during the summer of 2016, the fiftieth anniversary of a government-driven relocation programme that resettled her mother’s entire community. This film will be released in 2017.

Brought to you by the Surveillance Studies Centre Seminar Series and CUST SPEAKS Seminar Series

Everyone welcome!