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Maja Sonne Damkjær featured on DR P1 radio speaking about "sharenting"

2018.09.20Listen to CENSUS postdoc Maja Sonne Damkjær speaking about the dilemmas parents face about knowing what to share about their children on social media.

CENSUS welcomes new postdoc Clare Southerton

2018.09.12Clare joins the center to work on the Childhood, Intimacy and Surveillance Practices (CHiP) project.

Just published: Oxford bibliography on surveillance and communication

2017.11.29The bibliography provides a guide to surveillance in the multidisciplinary context of communication studies.

Surveillance Culture (2017) - new documentary film out!

2017.11.27What does it mean to live in a world full of surveillance? In this documentary film, we take a look at everyday life in Denmark and how surveillance technologies and practices influence our norms and social behaviour.  The film is researched and directed by Btihaj Ajana and myself with tremendous and professional help from Jens Haaning and Poul Madsen. It features Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen, Emma Holten, Deborah Lupton, William G. Staples, Kurt Rauff and the students at Ellevangskolen.  

In the news

2017.11.24Over the past weeks, our research project has been in the news on three different occasions and on three different major news sites. You can find our contributions to debates on how parents watch their kids by clicking on the links below. Note: The sites are in Danish. Politiken: Digitale BørnJyllands-Posten: Er forældres overvågning af børn kærlig omsorg eller uetisk kontrol?Danmarks Radio: Elektronisk overvågning af børn kan være godt for familien   

New article: Reassembling Surveillance Creep

2017.11.10Ask Risom Bøge and Peter Lauritsen have just published a new paper on surveillance creep. In this paper the authors strive to understand what surveillance creep is from a position in actor-network theory  and based on a study of the Danish DNA database. The authors argue 1) that surveillance creep involves reassembling the relations in surveillance networks between the watchers, the watched, laws and technologies, 2) that surveillance creep is only possible when actors are adequately aligned and 3) that aligning these actors may be difficult. You can find the article by clicking here.

Find our Metric Culture presentations on Youtube

2017.09.01A video of our presentations at the Metric Culture conference in June are now online.

Save the date: Surveillance conference in Aarhus 7-9 June, 2018!

2017.08.16We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the prestigious biannual Surveillance Studies Network/Surveillance & Society conference in 2018 for the first time here in Aarhus. Look out for a call for papers in September!  Information will be posted here and on Surveillance & Society's homepage 

Presentation: William Staples on school surveillance

2017.06.16Today, visiting professor Bill Staples presented his work on surveillance in American schools in our Center for Science and Technology Studies. Drawing on Foucault and interview excerpts from a large field work, Staples described how a new student information system (SIS) has accentuated information asymmetries between students, teachers and parents and affected behaviours in many interesting ways. The presentation was followed by a great discussion on intimate surveillance, information ecologies, Deleuze and Foucault.     

Two presentations at Metric Culture: the quantified self and beyond

2017.06.09From June 7-9, we are attending the Metric Culture conference here in Aarhus. The conference features great scholars such as Deborah Lupton and Rosalind Gill. Yesterday, on June 8, our Center for Surveillance Studies did two presentations. The presentations were drawn from the subjects in CHiP: Negotiating family tracking (Maja, Anders and Ask) and surveillance in schools (Ask, Lars, Peter and Anders). Following our presentations, William Staples, who is visiting us this month did an excellent presentation on the new gradebooks in a Kansas school and the quantification of students.   

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