governance

SSC Seminar Series: Molly Sauter (Vanier Scholar and PhD candidate in Communication Studies, McGill University, QC)

Psychotic Ecologies of Images: The Smart City Through the Lens of Sontag

Wednesday, October 31 2018, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Mackintosh Corry Hall D411 

Abstract:

This talk is a philosophical intervention in “big data” and camera-based methodologies as they are deployed in electoral and representative politics and smart city projects in the West. This paper stakes out a phenomenological, critical perspective regarding the...

Debra Mackinnon

Debra Mackinnon
Debra Mackinnon

PhD, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Canada (2019)

Debra Mackinnon is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary. She received her PhD in Sociology from Queen’s University in 2019. Her doctoral dissertation, “Mundane Surveillance: Tracking mobile applications and urban accounting in Canadian Business Improvement Areas” explored how technologies are used to police, account for, render, and manage urban space and populations. Broadly, her research interests include surveillance studies, urban studies, criminology, smart urban environments and IoT technologies, and qualitative methods. Her current work focuses on questions of digital (in)justice, inclusion and governance in smart city partnerships.

Kevin D. Haggerty

Professor Kevin D. Haggerty
Professor Kevin D. Haggerty

Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Canada

Kevin D. Haggerty is a Killam Research Laureate and editor of the Canadian Journal of Sociology. He is also Professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Alberta. In addition to his assorted journal articles and book chapters he has authored, co-authored or co-edited Policing the Risk Society (Oxford University Press) Making Crime Count (University of Toronto Press) and The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility (University of Toronto Press). His recent work has been in the area of surveillance, governance, policing and risk. He and his co-author (Aaron Doyle) have recently published the book 57 Ways to Screw Up in Graduate School, which conveys a series of professional lessons for the next generation of graduate students.

 

 

Telephone: 
780-492-3297

Scott Thompson

Professor Scott Thompson
Professor Scott Thompson

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Scott Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. Having been called ‘the genuine historian of Surveillance Studies,’ Scott uses historical case studies in order to explain and address current and pressing issues in the areas of Criminology, Sociology and Surveillance Studies. His publications include work on surveillance and the control and criminalization of liquor consumption (www.puncheddrunk.ca), surveillance and colonial/First Nations relationships, National Registration and Identity Cards in Canada and the United Kingdom, Big Data national security initiatives and partnerships, the adoption of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV/UAS) by government and industry in Canada, and the taking up of ‘new’ surveillance technologies by police services. He took up his current position at the University of Saskatchewan in 2017, having completed a SSHRC Banting post-doctoral fellowship at the Surveillance Studies Center (Queen’s University, Department of Sociology), and his doctoral degree at the University of Alberta in Sociology.

In collaboration with other researchers in the Surveillance Studies Centre, his research has also included the adoption of UAV by police services, and the taking up of big data analytics by national security agencies.

Telephone: 
(306) 966-5236