Monday, June 10, 2013

SSN 2014: Surveillance Ambiguities & Assymetries

Surveillance & Society organises a binannual conference and the next event will take place in April 2014, in Barcelona. All the information and deadlines can be found on the Surveillance Studies Network website. The conference theme, ambiguities and assymetries, seems to capture perfectly an increasingly common notion in surveillance studies: surveillance results from different rationales and has very diverse effects.

What I think the next step is: how to think about rationales and outcomes that are not only diverse, but perhaps vague, difficult to capture and diffuse? For instance, care and control can both be rationales, but what if your informants' rationales do not seem to be so clear cut? How to talk about this in surveillance studies? (I guess I will talk about this in my paper ... )