Surveillance and Humanities Virtual Conference Series

Presented by ANU College of Law

Presented by Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities (CLAH), ANU College of Law; Law and Humanities (CERSA), Université Panthéon-Assas; France Centre Bentham, Sciences Po Paris Law School; VALE and PRISMES, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

Surveillance is central to the functioning of 21st century capitalism and modern social welfare. It has often been displayed as necessarily intrusive and threatening. The present initiative builds on the suggestions that an articulate discussion about humanities could be fruitful in producing a more complex picture and that literary works in particular could flesh out operative concepts in studies of surveillance.

In a world dramatically changed in the last few months, surveillance has become even more critical to public policy and corporations. This webinar series seeks to address its new meaning, scope and representation and initiate a conversation between arts, humanities and the various fields which surveillance is used.  

The centres co-organising the event - the Law and Humanities Research Centre of CERSA (Panthéon-Assas University, France), the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities (ANU College of Law), the Centre Bentham (Sciences Po Paris Law School, France) and VALE/PRISMES (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France) - are unique in their respective countries and share a commitment to taking multidisciplinary approaches on contemporary issues.

Part 1: In sickness and health, surveillance in an age of COVID-19

MONDAY 24 AUGUST 2020, 5-6.15PM

Presenter(s):
Lesley Seebeck, ANU

Chair/Moderator:
Anne Brunon-Ernst, Panthéon-Assas University

The presentation will be followed by a live discussion and chat.

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Part 2: Surveillance and policing

THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2020, 5-6PM

Presenter(s):
Philippe Sabot, Lille University: Surveillance and its Ambiguities
Gregor Urbas, ANU College of Law, and Peter Grabosky, ANU RegNet: Covert Online Investigations and Surveillance by Public and Private Actors
Georgiana Banita, Bamberg Universität: Black Futures Matter: Critical Narratives of Race and Predictive Policing

Chair/Moderator: 
Jelena Gligorijevic, ANU College of Law

The presentation will be followed by a live discussion and chat.

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Part 3: Space and power

MONDAY 31 AUGUST 2020, 5-6.15PM

Presenter(s):
Lucie Cluzel, Paris Nanterre University: Safe Cities
Aliette Ventéjoux, Saint-Etienne University: Space and Surveillance in Jonathan Raban's novel Surveillance
Gavin Smith, ANU School of Sociology: The Work of Watching and Being Watched
Denis Beaubois, Sydney: In the event of Amnesia the city will recall

Chair/Moderator:
Carolyn Strange, ANU School of History

The presentation will be followed by a live discussion and chat.

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Part 4: Surveillance versus privacy

THURSDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2020, 5-6PM

Presenter(s):
Jelena Gligorijevic, ANU College of Law: Privacy as Liberty and Security: Implications for the Legitimacy of Governmental Surveillance
Jennifer Merchant, Panthéon-Assas University: Protecting Genetic Privacy
Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University: Overexposed: Genetic Privacy on Film and TV

Chair/Moderator:
Claire Wrobel, Panthéon-Assas University

The presentation will be followed by a live discussion and chat.

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Part 5: Critical perspectives on surveillance: Post-colonialism, gender and social control

MONDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2020, 5-6PM

Presenter(s):
Rachel Joy, Australian College of Applied Psychology: Through a glass darkly: the atmospherics of settler surveillance of Indigenous peoples in Australia
Yvonne-Marie Rogez, Panthéon-Assas University: Policing the Margins: Political Challenges and the Homeless in California
Claire Wrobel, Panthéon-Assas: Gender and surveillance in Margaret Atwood's fiction, from Bodily Harm (1981) to The Testaments (2019)

Chair/Moderator:
Gavin Smith, ANU School of Sociology

The presentation will be followed by a live discussion and chat.

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Part 6: Surveillance, utopia, satire in 18th century British literature

THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2020, 5-6.15PM

Presenter(s):
Alexis Tadie, Sorbonne Université

Chair/Moderator:
Desmond Manderson, ANU College of Law

The presentation will be followed by a live discussion and chat.

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Additional Materials

Centre: 

CLAH

Research theme: 

Law, Governance and Development

People: 

Anne Brunon-Ernst

Jelena Gligorijevic

Desmond Manderson

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