Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar (SSSS) 2009

Kingston, Ontario, Canada
19 - 23 May 2009

Application Deadline: 13 February 2009

The Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar provides an intensive, multi-disciplinary learning experience that addresses key issues of surveillance studies, and in ways that would enhance the participants' own research projects as well as providing a unique national and international networking opportunity.

“International and cross-cultural diversity of the participants is one of the strengths of the seminar. Because surveillance studies are related to social justice, equality, and power, it is crucial to have the perspectives from the world of non-English speaking people.” --2007 SSSS participant

“Quality of faculty and attendees was excellent; social events well planned and spaced; location and setting excellent; well-planned and organized throughout.” --2007 SSSS participant

David Lyon, FRSC, Professor and Queen's Research Chair,
Department of Sociology, and
Director of The Surveillance Project,
Queen's University, Canada

Kevin Haggerty, Associate Professor of Criminology,
University of Alberta, Canada

Kirstie Ball, Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies,
The Open University, UK


The core of the seminar is group work, each facilitated by a member of seminar faculty. Groups will grapple with key issues in surveillance studies, including issues such as "The researcher as surveillance agent," "Gaining entry into surveillance sites," "Making international comparisons," "Connecting social science with policy and legal fields" and so on. Participants are encouraged to comment, in their statement of interest, on what areas are of particular interest. The rest of the programme is devoted to theoretical, methodological and professional issues, and to open interaction with established scholars in the field. The idea is to "go behind" conference and book performances to discover how and why surveillance researchers do what they do. There will also be discussion of surveillance films, novels, art, music and drama and a look at counter-surveillance movements and activities.

There will be no assessed tasks and no credit for enrolling in the seminar, although a letter confirming your completion of the seminar will be provided.

The Summer Seminar is limited to 30 participants who are PhD candidates, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty. Applicants must submit a 250 word statement of interest and pay a $250 CAD deposit, which will be refunded should the application not be accepted.

The application deadline is 13 February 2009.

Applicants should pursue funding opportunities before submitting their application. The Surveillance Project will award up to three Summer Seminar tuition subsidies to non-Queen’s graduate student registrants who can demonstrate financial need. Each subsidy is worth $500 CAD and will be credited to the participant’s Summer Seminar tuition.
To apply, please send a covering letter along with letters from three other sources demonstrating your inability to secure funding. The deadline to apply for a subsidy is 13 FEBRUARY 2009. Applicants will be notified whether they will attain a subsidy by 6 MARCH 2009.


  • Summer Seminar $950 CAD ($250 deposit required with application)

On-campus accommodation in Queen's University's premium student residence, Leggett Hall, is available to all participants. Accommodation expenses are NOT included in the registration fees. Campus accommodation must be booked directly through Queen's University Conference Services at (613) 533-2223 or online: or by email:

Refunds, less a $50 administration fee, will be granted after 27 March 2009. There will be no refunds granted after 24 April 2009, regardless of circumstances. Consult Queen’s Event Services for deadlines regarding accommodation cancellations.

For more information, please email surveill at