Surveillance as a Site of Struggle, Fall 2017 Issue

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Studies In Control Societies

Surveillance as a Site of Struggle (CFP Fall 2017)

Manuscripts due by August 1, 2017.

Please see General Guidelines For Submissions.

Studies In Control Societies invites submissions that deal with the topic of resisting surveillance, including tactics of sousveillance, the evasion of surveillant gazes, sabotage, privacy rights struggles, and state/corporate attempts to criminalize or stifle these tactics.

For instance, what does it mean to resist the interpellation, “if you see something, say something,” which works to crowd-source surveillance and in many cases perpetuate racialized perceptions of affective behavior? In what ways does the need to rely on community participation in the surveillance apparatus, or other glitches in the perceived totalizing gaze of surveillant power, reveal surveillance’s imperfections, gaps, and thus opportunities to resist?

Steve Mann defines sousveillance as acts of “observing and recording by an entity not in a position of power or authority over the subject of the veillance” (2003, 3). For Mann, sousveillance is thus the idea where the many watch the few who occupy a position of power. However, Mann notes that “souveillance is not anti-surveillance or counter-surveillance! A person can, for example, be in favour of both veillances, or opposed to both, or can favour one and not the other” (2003,4). Thus, while sousveillance can certainly be used as a tactic of resistance, it is not an implicitly critical practice.

Simone Browne, building from Mann’s concept of sousveillance, develops the term “dark sousveillance” as a way to “situate the tactics employed to render one’s self out of sight, and strategies used in the flight to freedom from slavery as necessarily ones of undersight.” (2015, 21) Dark sousveillance is an “imaginative place from which to mobilize a critique of racializing surveillance, a critique that takes form in antisurveillance, countersurveillance, and other freedom practices” (Browne, 2015, 21). How do practices of resistance intersect with the ways technologies of surveillance seek to impose race, class, and/or gender onto the body?

Other topics of interest might include (but are not limited to) the following:

–the limits of sousveillance as a tactic of resistance

–the commercialization of resistance

–the democratization of surveillance through technologies like camera phones

–The corporate or state recuperation of tactics of resistance

–Visual cultures of resistance to surveillance

–Popular culture as a vehicle of representing/stifling resistance

–Resistance to surveillance in the university

Please send articles of 4,000-8,000 words or book reviews of 2,000-5,000 words to no later than  August 1, 2017 in order to be considered for publication. Please see the Guidelines for Submissions prior to submitting your manuscript.


Seeking Guest Editors

Studies In Control Societies is seeking guest editor(s) for the Spring 2018 issue. Please include the following in your proposal, due by February 1, 2018:

Your name, university affiliation, and research interests.

A 300-500 word call for paper proposal that includes a list of suggested topics related to the journal’s themes.

As guest editor, your responsibilities include determining workable deadlines for writers and screening papers based on merit, originality, and focus, ultimately deciding if they should move on to the peer review process. The editorial board ofSCS will then facilitate the peer review process and make final editorial decisions in collaboration with the guest editor(s).

If you would like to be considered for a position as a reviewer, please register at


Browne, Simone. 2015. Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Mann, Steve. 2003. “Veillance and Reciprocal Transparency: Surveillance versus Souveillance, AR Glass, Lifelogging and Wearable Computing.” IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, June 27-29, 2013, 1-12.