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Jennifer Hessler <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:03:09 -0700
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Society for Cinema & Media Studies 2016, Atlanta, March 30-April 3

*Media and Surveillance*

Since its inception, surveillance studies has confronted questions of
control and governance, accounting for a variety of technological
assemblages like CCTV and tracking devices and their relationships to state
politics, cultural identity, and new spatial imaginaries. In today's era of
social media, internet tracking and corporate data mining, increased
airport and border control, and major government data breaches, scholars
are prompted to reconsider the relationship between surveillance and our
everyday uses of media.

This panel explores how the theoretical lens of surveillance expands our
notions of what media is and the power relations that media entails and
enables. Going beyond the panopticon, we are particularly interested in how
networked, dynamic, and participatory modes of surveillance raise questions
about how surveillance influences sociality, whether that means rethinking
the relationship between consumer agency and corporate control, or
attending to the cultural identity politics that come with the mass
adoption of new technologies.

*Possible topics:*

   - Audience measurement and rating systems
   - Data infrastructures and data-driven analytics
   - Social media and online identity
   - Collaborative, grassroots, and participatory forms of surveillance
   - Theorizing the racial, gendered, and sexual aspects of surveillance
   - Biometrics, wearables, and surveillance of the body
   - Trackers, ghostery, leaks, hacks, and data breaches in the
   post-Snowden era.
   - Modes of regulation, policing, and risk mitigation
   - CCTV, satellites, and drones
   - Representations of surveillance in popular culture

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