Register today for the next Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar!

The Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar provides an intensive, multi-disciplinary learning experience that addresses key issues of surveillance studies in ways that enhance the participants' own research projects, as well as providing a unique national and international networking opportunity.

Deadline is 27 March 2015.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada
June 6 - 14, 2015

“Inspiring” --2013 SSSS participant

“Relaxed and manageable format/schedule. Good international mix of participants” --2011 SSSS participant


David Murakami Wood, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
, Queen's University

Kirstie Ball,Professor of Organization,The Open University Business School, UK

Valerie Steeves, Associate Professor of Criminology,
 University of Ottawa, Canada


Oscar H. Gandy, Emeritus Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

David Lyon, Queen’s Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University

Simone Browne,Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Shoshana Magnet, Associate Professor, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa

David J. Phillips, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Mark B. Salter, Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

Kevin Walby, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Winnipeg

Dwayne Winseck, Professor, School of Journalism and Communication/Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University


The program for SSSS 2015 will consider what it means to be ‘critical’ in surveillance studies. We will examine what other overtly critical interdisciplinary areas can contribute to understanding surveillance, surveillance society and the surveilled subject, and explore how intersecting forms of marginalization (e.g. race, gender, (dis)ability, aboriginally, impoverishment) combine to shape the lived experience of surveillance as a form of social control, resistance and/or empowerment. We aim to bring surveillance studies into closer conversations with a whole range of critical contemporary scholarship from gender/queer studies, critical race theory and postcolonial studies, indigenous studies, critical political economy and so on.

The core of the SSSS is group work, each facilitated by a member of seminar faculty. As the study of surveillance expands and a growing number of voices take up calls in the field for more research, greater public awareness, and deeper understandings of surveillance, surveillance scholars are met with the complex and critical question of how effective surveillance studies can be done.

Participants in SSSS 2015 also take part in the research workshop, "Intersectional Surveillance Studies", which will be held at the Donald Gordon Centre in Kingston, Ontario from June 12-14, 2015. This workshop will feature a range of papers given by established scholars from both surveillance studies and other critical fields. In addition, participants in SSSS will be allocated a special session at the workshop to present the results of their group work to all attendees.

SSSS participants are encouraged to comment, in their statement of interest, on what areas of surveillance studies are of particular interest.

There will be no assessed tasks and no credit for enrolling in the seminar, although a letter confirming your completion of the seminar will be provided.

The Summer Seminar is limited to 30 participants who are PhD candidates, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty. Applicants must submit a 250 word statement of interest, a short biography, and full payment as part of the application process.



 The fee for the 2015 SSSS is $820 CAD. This includes automatic registration to the Intersectionality Research Workshop. The fee does not include travel or accommodation. Applicants should pursue funding opportunities before submitting their application.

• The Surveillance Studies Centre (SCC) will award up to three Summer Seminar tuition subsidies to non-Queen’s graduate student registrants who can demonstrate financial need. See the application formfor more information.

• The Surveillance Studies Network Global Scholar Award (SSN) will award up to three bursaries to SSSS participants from less developed or developing countries who are in need of financial assistance. See the application formfor more information.

 On-campus accommodation in Queen's University's premium student residence, Leggett Hall, is available to all participants. Accommodation expenses are NOT included in the registration fee. Please book your room at Leggett Hall by completing the online reservation form found here (select Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar using the drop-down menu):

Each unit consists of two double-bed rooms with an attached full bathroom and costs $99 CAD plus 13% HST tax per night. Two occupants may share one unit.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: Refunds, less a $50 administration fee, will be granted until 19 April 2015. There will be no refunds granted after 19 April 2015, regardless of circumstances. Consult Queen’s Event Services for deadlines regarding accommodation cancellations.

For more information, please email surveill [at]