“Cultures of Surveillance”: An Interdisciplinary Conference,
sponsored by The Film Studies Space: The Centre for the Cultural History of the Moving Image,
UCL (University College London), 29 September - 1 October 2011
Finger-printing kits. Magnifying glasses. Binoculars. Hidden cameras. Smart phones. Our technologies may change but the fact remains: we are being watched. Whether we are pulling back the curtain to keep a friendly watch over each other or having our biometric data gathered for our passports, we are all engaged in the practice of surveillance. How did this culture of surveillance come to permeate our everyday lives? How do we write the history of surveillance and its practices? What roles have images – as practices and representations – played in this culture of surveillance?
This conference is sponsored by UCL’s Film Studies Space, an interdisciplinary centre for the study of the cultural history of moving images. It derives from two ongoing research projects, The Work of Film, investigating the ways moving images have been utilised by states and corporations to guide the conduct of populations; and The Autopsies Project, examining the afterlife of material objects in relation to the history of consumer culture and cinematic memory. We hope that conference presenters will discuss a range of issues in the long history of surveillance practices, from photography to digital media. We anticipate contributions that analyse the myriad ways that visual culture has been enmeshed with political rationalities. We are keen to expand our frameworks far beyond the sphere of London and to look outside the Panopticon. We especially hope that contributions will find new ways of asking what it means to watch and to be watched, and to police and to be policed. We look forward to discussing ways that scholars of the humanities can interrogate the networks of surveillance that both protect and transform our world.
Following an opening lecture by Professor Tom Gunning, The University of Chicago, on Thursday, 29 Sept. 2011, the Conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, 30 Sept. and 1 Oct. 2011.
Individual papers are invited from scholars and researchers in any discipline of the humanities, arts, social sciences, and sciences. Scholars from postgraduate to permanent senior academics are welcome to submit papers. Presentations would equally be welcomed from artists and filmmakers.
One-page abstracts for 20-minute presentations and a brief c.v. should be sent by Wed., 15 June to:
The Culture of Surveillance Conference Organisers
(Lee Grieveson, Rebecca Harrison, Jann Matlock, and Simon Rothon) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants will be notified by 30 June 2011
For more information on our projects, see http://www.autopsiesgroup.com
http://www.autopsiesgroup.com/the-work-of-film.html and http://twitter.com/autopsiesgroup
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