Norma Mollers

Norma Möllers

Norma Möllers

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Canada

Broadly speaking, Norma Möllers’ research interests are located at the intersections of science, technology, and politics: What kinds of values shape science & technology, and how are science & technology implicated in maintaining social order? She is specifically interested in the science and technology of security and surveillance. Further research interests include cybersecurity, digital work/labor (with particular focus on its gendered and global dimensions), and ‘neoliberal’ technoscience.

Currently, she is working on her first book manuscript. Based on an ethnography of the development of a ‘smart’ video surveillance system, it deals with the ways in which science and technology become enrolled in national strategies concerning security, and how this connects to broader shifts in technoscientific knowledge production. She has also started work on her second project which will address the question how governments deal with problems of national territory in cyberspace.

Norma Möllers joined Queen’s Sociology department in Fall 2015. Prior to coming to Queen’s, she worked as a researcher at Humboldt-University’s science studies department in Berlin, as a visiting researcher at UC Irvine, and worked as a researcher at Potsdam University, Germany, which is also where she obtained her PhD. She has studied at Passau University, Germany, and at Sapienza University, Rome.

SSC Seminar Series: Norma Möllers

Location: Mac Corry Hall, Room D411

12:30- 2:00 pm

Surveillance technology and neoliberal technoscience

Norma Möllers

Assistant Professor, Queen's University

What happens when governments enroll scientists to contribute to proliferating surveillance? Based on an ethnographic study of the development of an automated CCTV system, I will talk about the sometimes quite creative ways in which scientists may push back, and how this is tied to...