SSN 2014: Surveillance Ambiguities & Asymetries

The 6th international Surveillance & Society conference hosted by the University of Barcelona and supported by the Surveillance Studies Network.

Thursday 24th – Friday 25th April 2014

Die vollständige Version des calls in Englisch und Spanish gibt es hier als pdf oder docx

Contemporary surveillance is characterised by ambiguities and asymmetries. Surveillance results from different desires and rationales: control, governance, security, profit, efficiency but also care, empowerment, resistance, and play. Furthermore it can have both positive and negative outcomes for individuals and these may lead to intended or unintended consequences. Surveillance is never neutral. Surveillance is always about power and that power is increasingly asymmetric. Surveillance practices are also changing and as ‘smart’ surveillance systems proliferate utilising and generating ‘Big Data’ new forms of ambiguity and asymmetry arise. In this context the conference wishes to explore the following key themes:


  • Smart surveillance
  • Democracy and surveillance
  • Resilience and surveillance
  • Cultures and histories of surveillance
  • Representations of Surveillance in Film/Art/Literature/Media
  • Surveillance and empowerment
  • Surveillance and human rights
  • Surveillance in knowledge economies
  • Regulating surveillance
  • Surveillance, privacy and data-protection
  • Participatory surveillance and police surveillance of online social networks
  • Surveillance, games and play
  • Theories of surveillance
  • Ethics of surveillance
  • Gender and surveillance
  • Algorithmic surveillance
  • Politics and governance of surveillance
  • Surveillance and big data
  • STS approaches to surveillance
  • Surveillance and sports
  • Resistance to surveillance
  • Non-technological surveillance
  • Surveillance and mobility


  • 31 May 2013 First call for papers and intent issued
  • 31 July 2013 Deadline for initial register of interest, name, title, contact details etc by email to
  • 25 September 2013 1st deadline submission of abstracts
  • 30 September 2013 Electronic booking form available – formal registration and payment
  • 22 November 2013 Notification to participants about decisions on abstracts
  • 25 March 2014 Submission full papers
  • 25 March 2014 Final Deadline for registration and payment for all conference attendees without late booking surcharge
  • 7 April 2014 Papers published on Web available to all registered conference attendees
  • 24-25 April 2014 Conference

For paper givers a 300 word abstract will be required by
25 September 2013 and can be submitted on the following website:

Full call for papers in English and Spanish – pdfdocx

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