SSC Seminar Series: Raziel Miranda (Visiting PhD Candidate, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU))

Beyond the surveillance society? Accountability dilemmas, possibilities, and promises in contemporary paths

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

12:30 - 2:00pm

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411


Accountability is one of the core values of politics, and can be related to responsibility, transparency, and especially to legitimacy. In this presentation, I will address the relationship between surveillance and accountability in two areas: intelligence agencies and personal data networks. In each case, the mechanism of accountability, from institutional channels to informal and radical resistance, is analyzed using theoretical and empirical cases from Spain and Brazil in the reformulation of surveillance and the democratization of these countries since the 70s. This historical analysis of accountability leads to thinking about the best form to tame the very nature of power-authority moving forward and also the possible practices to improve power-legitimacy in surveillance and beyond.  

About the Speaker:

Raziel Miranda is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where he works as researcher and lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Administration. He graduated in History and Political Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG-Brazil) and University of Santiago de Compostela (USC-Spain). His fields of research are security and crime policies, intelligence and governance, and surveillance studies. His work on Management of Risks and Securitization was awarded the Jean Pinatel National Prize of Criminology in 2016. His lastest work includes publications in more than five countries, such as “Between normality and political exceptionality in security” and “Personal data management and accountability: European regulation, market principles and civic agency strategies”.

Everyone welcome!