The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: Shoshana Zuboff

Shoshana Zuboff
Shoshana Zuboff

Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School

Thursday, November 9 2017

Reception 5:30-6:00pm, Public Lecture 6:00-7:30pm

Queen’s School of Medicine, Arch Street: main lecture theatre 032A

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Hosted by the Surveillance Studies Centre, jointly by the Department of Sociology, Smith School of Business, Faculty of Law, and School of Computing on topics of her new book: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, in which she explores the social, political, business, and technological meaning of the changes taking place in our time, confronting the vast power of the giant high-tech companies and government, and the propaganda of machine supremacy in shaping human life. This will be an examination of the contests over the next chapter of capitalism that will decide the meaning of what she calls information civilization in the twenty-first century.

Professor Zuboff authored her most famous book in 1988; In the Age of the Smart Machine, a key title in Surveillance Studies and much more broadly a seminal study of the social, economic and emotional consequences of computer technology in the workplace. 

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 Harvard Law School. She has been a featured columnist for and for Fast Company magazine. Her career has been devoted to the study of the rise of the digital, its individual, organizational, and social consequences, and its relationship to the history and future of capitalism. 

She has inspired generations of students and scholars with her cutting edge research and bold, humanistic conclusions. She also founded and led the executive education program, Odyssey: School for the Second Half of Life. 

Other Queen's University events with Professor Shoshana Zuboff:

  • Surveillance Studies Centre Seminar Wednesday November 8, 12:30 – 2:00pmGoodes Hall, Room 308. “Toronto as Google City: Sidewalk Labs and Surveillance Capitalism”. A graduate student discussion with Professor Zuboff follows (2:30 – 4:00pm)
  • Lecture/Discussion especially for undergraduate students: Thursday November 9, 10:30 – 11:30am. “Surveillance, Big Data and the Future”. Kingston Hall, Room 101 

Sponsored by the Principal’s Development Fund – International Visitors Program