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CFP | 31.05.2018 | Journalism, media and surveillance conference

The conference Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) is calling for papers on the topic: “Journalism, Media and Surveillance”. The event will be held in September 6–7, 2018, in Auckland University of Technology.

The Internet and social media create new opportunities for surveillance. Governments, military organisations, intelligence agencies, corporations, market researchers, and advertisers have the capacity to erase privacy and reshape the conditions of human autonomy. Mass media representations can, potentially, legitimise or delegitimise contemporary surveillance practices. These developments threaten journalistic practice just as they create new opportunities for counter-surveilling institutions of power. How then, should we understand the interrelationships which conjoin journalism, media and surveillance? Conference participants will, we hope, respond to this general question.

Here, the following themes suggest themselves.

*Theorising surveillance*

  • Panopticism
  • Michel Foucault
  • Orwellian critiques
  • Neutral and critical approaches

*Social media and commercial surveillance*

  • Consumer profiling (Google)
  • Third party surveillance (Facebook)
  • Prosumers ‘free labour’ ·
  • New advertising strategies

*Surveillance and journalistic practice*

  • Source protection
  • Encryption/de-encryption
  • Surveilling war reporters
  • Surveilling investigative reporters

*Surveillance and privacy*

  • Privacy principles
  • Privacy and legal rights
  • Techno-legal gaps
  • Surveillance and citizenship

*Media representations of surveillance*

  • Reality TV e.g. Big Brother
  • Surveillance in films
  • News and surveillance issues
  • Surveillance in TV crime shows

*Counter-surveillance and journalism*

  • WikiLeaks
  • Panama Papers
  • Whistle blowers and ethics
  • Leaks, law and policing**

*Big data*

  • Data storage
  • Data mining
  • Dataveillance
  • Algorithmic strategies

*Surveillance after Snowden*

  • NSA programmes e.g. XKeyScore
  • Five eyes and journalism
  • Post-Snowden news frames
  • Intelligence agency spin doctoring

*Surveillance and political activism*

  • Geopolitical cyber wars
  • Hacktivism
  • Policing protest movements
  • Anonymous

*Gender and surveillance*

  • Online sexual harassment
  • Male gaze and surveillance
  • Profiling gender/sexual subjectivities
  • Feminism and surveillance studies

*Surveillance and gaming*

  • Military, gaming overlays
  • Massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs)
  • Game designs and marketing strategies
  • MMOG and algorithmic surveillance

*Media and surveillance after 9-11*

  • Terrorism discourse and surveillance
  • Surveillance profiling, media stereotypes
  • ‘Islamophobia’ and surveillance
  • Surveillance, fear and the other
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Abstracts are due 31 May, 2018 (400 words maximum).

Read more from the full call for papers.

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