Call for Applications: Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar 2019

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The next Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar takes place 17 - 22 June 2019 at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. This is an opportunity...

Rafael Evangelista

Visiting Professor, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil (January - December 2018)

Rafael Evangelista is a professor in the Graduate program in Popularization of Science and Culture at State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. He is a journalist and social scientist with a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. He is a co-founder of the Latin American Network of Surveillance, Technology and Society Studies (Lavits). He is the author of the recently released ebook Beyond Machines of Loving Grace: Hacker Culture, Cybernetics and Democracy.

Tommy Cooke

Dr. Tommy Cooke
Dr. Tommy Cooke

Post-doctoral Fellow, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's University, Canada

Tommy Cooke is a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC), Queen’s University. Tommy is leading a two-year empirical project that tracks the creation, circulation, and algorithmic treatment of a small set of GPS meta-data - from a smartphone, to the cloud. Supervised by Dr. David Lyon, "A Day in the Life of Meta-Data" exposes the pathways, transformations, and interpretations that seemingly innocuous bits of data undergo before they become puzzle pieces in consumer and security profiles. This interdisciplinary, team-based project is spearheaded by Queen's Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC), and involves social science theorists representing the fields of Critical Security Studies, International Political Sociology, Surveillance Studies, Critical Data Studies, and the Sociology of Technology. This project is a continuation of theoretical work conducted throughout the summer of 2018 at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) GmbH in Bochum, Germany, which explored ongoing battles between Apple and iOS jailbreakers via a cybernetic epistemology.

Contact: tommy.cooke [at] queensu [dot] ca

Twitter: @whatsthatdata

Alix Johnson

Professor Alix Johnson
Professor Alix Johnson

Post-doctoral Fellow, Queen's University, Canada (2017-2018)

Alix Johnson is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University, affiliated with the Surveillance Studies Centre. She earned her PhD in 2018 at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where her research traced the emerging data center industry in Iceland as a lens on questions of sovereignty, national identity, and imperial power. Her next project investigates technologies of surveillance and nation in the increasingly securitized Arctic North.




Welcome sava saheli singh

SSC and BDS extend a warm welcome to new Postdoctoral Fellow sava saheli singh . sava begins her postdoc at Queen's in January 2018. She will be developing innovative multi-media teaching and learning materials related to Big Data Surveillance, led by David Lyon and David Murakami Wood.

Intersectional Approaches to Surveillance Research Workshop

Workshop dates: 11-13 June 2015, Queen’s University (Donald Gordon Centre), Kingston, ON, Canada

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2015

This workshop strives to bring intersectionality to the forefront of surveillance studies. As surveillance studies becomes increasingly multidisciplinary and post-structural, a thought-provoking frontier for surveillance scholars is to critically focus on the ways in which identity-based discrimination can impact surveillance processes and lived...

Citizenfour Film Screening

Special screening: Monday January 26 @ 7pm

You are invited to a special screening in Kingston of the new documentary about Edward Snowden, Citizenfour , followed by a guest talk by David Lyon.

The Screening Room, 120 Princess Street (2nd floor)

Monday, January 26, 7pm

Film admission prices are $8 - $9. Cash only.


SSC Annual Newsletter - Issue 3 online

Please see the latest Surveillance Studies Centre annual newsletter (August 2014), with stories and photos by team members about research and events at the centre from the past year at:

2013 Brockington Visitorship Public Lecture: Helen Nissenbaum

2013 Brockington Visitorship Public Lecture

Helen NissenbaumHelen Nissenbaum

Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science
New York University

What Privacy Protects Online: The Trouble with MOOCs

18 March 2013

5:00 pm

Agnes Etherington Art Centre Atrium

Euphoria over massive open online courses (MOOCs) is rampant. Darlings of the news media, even the most prestigious universities in the United States and...

SSC and NewT welcome new Research Associate

Anne Linscott will take over the role of Research Associate from Emily Smith, who will begin a year-long maternity leave at the end of January 2013.

Anne has varied editorial and communications experience, most recently with the now-completed Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Project (EDG) here at Queen's University.

As Research Associate, Anne supports both the work...