SSC Seminar Series

SSC Seminar Series: Jens Hälterlein

March 28th - Jens Hälterlein 

12:30 to 2:00 pm

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411

Social physics, risk spaces and big data: epistemologies of predictive policing

The lecture addresses three different approaches to predictive policing in order to discuss their epistemologies and their performativity as a means of knowledge production, labelling of criminal subjects and intelligence-led policing. The first approach is based on criminological routine activity...

SSC Seminar Series: Anna Feigenbaum (Bournemouth University)

From Sousveillance to Civic Forensics: The Evolution of Cop-Watching in Protests

Wednesday 21 March 2018, 12:30 to 2:00 pm

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411

Recording and monitoring police violence is a central aspect of protesters' experiences. In this presentation we turn from traditional conceptualizations of sousveillance, to the idea of ‘civic forensics’ in efforts to examine how sousveillance strategies can be collectivized through civic-led...

SSC Seminar Series: Solon Barocas (Cornell University)

Solon Barocas

Refractive Surveillance: Monitoring Customers to Manage Workers

Wednesday, April 4 2018, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Mackintosh Corry Hall D411 

Collecting information about one group can facilitate control over an entirely different group—a phenomenon we term refractive surveillance. We explore this dynamic in the context of retail stores by investigating how retailers’ collection of data about customers facilitates new forms of managerial...

SSC Seminar Series: Veronica Moretti (University of Bologna)

Risk perception and digital surveillance among American college students

Wednesday, February 7 2018, 12:30 to 2:00 pm

MacCorry Hall, Room D411 (Sociology Lounge)

Within each American university campus, a Department of Public Safety (DPS) is designated to send students emails whenever a crime is committed on campus or in the surrounding area.

Moretti's study investigates the extent to which information sharing about criminal events...

SSC Seminar Series: Ciara Bracken-Roche (University of Ottawa)

Ciara Bracken-Roche, Post-doctoral fellow, University of Ottawa

Navigating Canadian Drone Space: A Sociological Analysis of the Stakeholders, Narratives, and Policy Shaping Canadian Unmanned Systems

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

12:30 – 2 pm

Mackintosh Corry Hall D411

Drawing from documents collected through Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) requests and interview data with Canadian drone stakeholders, this presentation argues that the Canadian drone space is driven by the surveillance-industrial...

SSC Seminar Series: Steve Richardson and Debra Mackinnon, Queen's University

Steven Richardson and Debra Mackinnon

Left to their own Devices? The rise of wearables in the workplace

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
, 12:30 – 2 pm


Mackintosh Corry Hall D411

Emerging trends in wearable technology include ergonomic sensors for occupational health and safety, biometric sensors for professional athletes, augmented reality headsets for shipping and receiving, and smart ID badges for personnel tracking and remote monitoring....

SSC Seminar Series: Marjolein Lanzing (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Wednesday November 29, 12:30 – 2:00pm

MacCorry Hall, Room D411 (Sociology lounge)

Marjolein Lanzing, Eindhoven University of Technology

Big Brothers and Little Sisters

Recent empirical research regarding young women’s experiences on social media platforms points out the tension between the participatory, empowering aspects of social network sites (SNS) for the development of meaningful social interaction, relationships and identity construction on the one hand, and...

SSC Seminar Series: Shoshana Zuboff (Harvard Business School)

Surveillance Studies Centre Seminar Wednesday November 8, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Goodes Hall, Room 308.

Toronto as Google City: Sidewalk Labs and Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff, Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School

Shoshana Zuboff joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1981. In 2014 and 2015 she was a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at...

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...

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