Surveillance, Form, Affect: An international, multidisciplinary conference (Hong Kong, 7-9 December 2016)
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SURVEILLANCE, FORM, AFFECT
An international, multidisciplinary conference
December 7-9, 2016
Centre for Popular Culture in the Humanities
The Education University of Hong Kong
Professor Wendy Hui Kyong Chun (Brown)
and Dr. Karen Fang (Houston)
This conference will explore the possibility that references to dystopia and to discipline cannot exhaust the proliferating relationships among surveillance, art, popular culture, and the humanities. The rise of surveillance technologies and practices with participatory, communal, and even ludic aspects challenges humanists to produce more flexible accounts of how we watch, track, document, and observe each other. Taking inspiration from the flourishing field of surveillance studies, this conference will explore the meanings for the humanities of what might be called a “neutral” account of surveillance, one which could take into account not only the practices of states and corporations that merit critique and resistance, but also the surveillance inherent in creative and individualizing uses of social media spaces, and the idioms of the representational arts.
How are forms of artistic and popular representation adapting to their changing media and technological environment? In the event that this environment presents an intensifying degree of surveillance, is that intensity primarily controlling or extractive, or does it also accentuate other intensities—an intensity of the political, or an intensity of pleasure? Can or should humanists suspend the identification of surveillance with discipline, totality, and paranoia, and consider how surveillance might also involve fairness, friendship, or care? How can accounts of surveillance framed using the concept of the gaze and the image of the camera be supplemented, expanded, or exploded by accounts of surveillance based on the algorithm and the datum? Finally, how have surveillance and its forms and affects informed the development of the humanities as discipline and practice, and are these forms and affects due for reassessment?
surveillance and security/surveillance and feeling secure
surveillance, facial recognition, the face of the other
surveillance without the gaze/surveillance as spectacle
locative and mobile surveillance, the flâneur
big data/sublime data
participatory, lateral, and ludic surveillance
predictive analytics, algorithmic governance, pattern recognition
medical surveillance and epidemiology
surveillance, empathy, care
surveillance as justice, surveillance as fairness
surveillance, voting, democracy
surveillance as modernization, surveillance as development
paranoid reading and surface reading
surveillance, interpretation, hermeneutics
surveillance, phenomenology, object-oriented ontology
surveillance studies and critical theory
Considerations of texts and discourses from any part of the world and in any language are welcome. The language of the conference itself will be English.
Please submit 300-word abstracts for papers of 20-25 minutes, with a brief bio, by July 30, 2016. For questions or to submit, please contact the conference organizer, Dr. Jeffrey Clapp (Literature and Cultural Studies, EdUHK) at firstname.lastname@example.org.