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Message posted on 01/02/2023

VUB Chair in Surveillance Studies Updates: Workshop Report and Upcoming Seminars


with this message I would like to draw your attention to our upcoming seminars
and our recently published report following our Workshop on Oversight of
Police-Use of Surveillance Technology held on October 4 - 5, 2022. The
registration links for our upcoming
seminars and the workshop
report are available on our

First up we invite Anders Albrechtslund (Aarhus University - Sorbonne
University) on February 15 who will be discussing The Interplay between human
agency and digital

This talk will explore the role of human agency in data-intensive surveillance
and contribute to the understanding of present and future digitally saturated
societies. Emphasis on human agency in surveillance operations has the
potential to uncover the way technologies are contingent on the participation
and socio-cultural contexts of users, and how degrees of agency can be
restricted or achieved in the use, design, development and regulation of these


The remainder of our seminar schedule is as follows:

  *   March 15 - Seminar XV : Surveillance and the Reproduction of Labor and
Capital with Markus Kienscherf (Freie Universitt Berlin) online, from 3PM-4.30PM
CET Register
  *   April 26 - Seminar XVI : Panel discussion about police's role in
society, legitimacy and the image with Sofie De Kimpe (VUB, CRiS) , Rianne
Dekker (Utrecht University School of Governance), Wilco Versteeg (Radboud
Universiteit), TBA
  *   May 4 - Seminar XVII : Algorithmic Finitude and the Violence of
Closed-Loop Epistemologies: Re-situating Surveillance and
Surveyance with Chantelle Gray (North West University Potchefstroom) online, from
11AM-12.30PM CET Register
  *   June - Seminar XVIII : TBA

On October 4 - 5, 2022, the VUB Chair in Surveillance Studies hosted a
workshop on Oversight of Police-Use of Surveillance Technology.

The workshop discussed two topics:

1) Discussing processes and considerations of surveillant activities:
Harmonizing crime control, performance, privacy, and social costs
2) Discussing accountability arrangements in multi-actor security provision:
Exploring the triangular relationship between police departments, oversight
bodies, and corporate producers of surveillance technologies
The report can be found under
'publications' on our

Kind regards,

Bram Visser
PhD Candidate at the VUB Chair in Surveillance Studies

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