2016

Research Fellow, School of Management

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to join the SSHRC-funded Big Data Surveillance research team based at The School of Management at St Andrews University. The successful candidate will have a research interest in surveillance as a contemporary socio-technical phenomenon and will have experience of conducting qualitative research in commercial settings. S/he will collaborate with the project...

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...

Big data in turbulence: unravelling disorder, one vortex at a time

Turbulence is everywhere: it affects aircraft drag and fuel consumption, blood flow in arteries, the dispersion of pollution in the air, the formation of weather patterns. Yet no theory has been developed that can explain it, except in the simplest scenarios.

SSC Seminar Series: Jennifer R. Whitson, University of Waterloo

Drawing from a two-year ethnographic study of game developers in Montreal, Canada, this talk illustrates the human aspect of informational practice, providing a description of what of big data practice looks like in the trenches of digital media production.

Securing the Big Data City

David Murakami Wood

Queen’s University, Ontario

A lunchtime seminar series showing how Big Data is used, and debated, on campus.

Location: Speaker's Corner, Stauffer Library, Queen's University

‘Smart cities’ are characterized by pervasive and distributed sensor networks capturing and generating big data for forms of centralized urban management, drawing together such previously unconnected infrastructural systems as video surveillance, meteorological stations, traffic lights...

BD175 Art at The Agnes

Big Data Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

On view in the Atrium through 22 December 2016

Agnes Etherington Art Centre Director Jan Allen in front of the installation of Dave Kemp’s Data Collection. Photo: Tim Forbes

In conjunction with Queen’s University’s 175th anniversary and a cross-faculty series on Big Data (BD175), The Agnes presents two major...

CANCELLED - SSC Seminar Series: Sami Coll, visiting scholar, Université du Québec à Montréal

The Order of Big Data: Towards a Digital Episteme 

Sami Coll 

Tuesday October 11th • 12:30pm - 2:00pm • Mackintosh Corry Hall D411  CANCELLED

In The Order of Things (1966) Michel Foucault historicises how knowledge is produced from the pre-classical to the modern age. Can the way big data aims at producing knowledge in the 21st century be considered a new...

SSC Seminar Series: Colin Bennett, University of Victoria

Is Your Neighbour a Liberal or a Conservative? Voter Surveillance and the ‘Data-Driven’ Election Campaign

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

12:30 – 2 pm

Stirling Hall 401

(Grad Students are also invited to join Colin Bennett for an informal discussion in MacCorry room C512 from 10.30 to 11.30 before his seminar.)

The conventional wisdom is that the modern political campaign needs to be “data driven” to consolidate...

SSC Seminar Series: Adam Molnar, Deakin University, Australia

Computer Network Operations and ‘Rule-with-Law’ in Australia and Canada
. Location: MacCorry Hall, Room D411 (Sociology Lounge). Computer Network Operations (CNOs) refer to government intrusion and/or interference with information communication infrastructures for the purposes of law enforcement and security intelligence. This presentation argues that while the domestic application of CNOs may be ‘lawful’ in Canada and Australia, their use is subject to ‘counter-law’ developments that undermine rule-of-law and threaten democratic freedoms.

Congratulations to David Murakami Wood

Royal Society of Canada recognizes five Queen’s University faculty members in the New Scholars, Artists and Scientists program.

Surveillance Studies Centre member David Murakami Wood is one of five Queen’s University faculty members that have been named to the Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists program. The new program recognizes an emerging generation of...

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