Papers Submission


Full Papers Submission (deadline: 25th March 2016)

  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word-readable .doc format
  • They should be between 4000 and 8000 words long
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, for Surveillance & Society which is found here.

Uploading the file:

  • The submission must be done via Easychair platform
  • From your contribution section, click on  “Submit a New Version”
  • Only one paper submission per abstract (even for those with two authors or more)


Length: 20 minutes, which will be strictly enforced –  plus 10 minutes for questions.

Powerpoint (and other platforms as Prezi, etc.) will be available but it is not compulsory.  If speakers choose to use it, then they will be responsible for bringing their presentation on a stick – to be uploaded immediately before their talk.

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Abstract Submission Guidelines

The maximum word count for abstract submissions is 300 words. Please do not send supplemental materials (photos, articles or reports) with your abstract. These will not be seen by the program review committee.

  • Abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • Abstracts must be submitted on
  • Abstracts must not exceed 300 words.
  • There is a limit one sole-authored paper per author
  • Abstracts must have been submitted by 16th November 2015 (extended deadline!)

Abstracts that do not comply with guidelines will not be reviewed or considered for presentation.


Themes and topics:

Contemporary surveillance is characterised by ambiguities and asymmetries. Surveillance results from different desires and rationales: control, governance, security, profit, efficiency but also care, empowerment, resistance and play. Furthermore it can have both positive and negative outcomes for individuals and these may lead to intended or unintended consequences. Surveillance is never neutral. Surveillance is always about power and that power is increasingly symmetric. Surveillance practices are also changing and as ‘smart’ surveillance systems proliferate utilising and generating ‘Big Data’ new forms of ambiguity and asymmetry arise. In this context the conference wishes to explore the key themes.


  • Smart surveillance
  • Democracy and surveillance
  • Surveillance and everyday life
  • Resilience and surveillance
  • Cultures and histories of surveillance
  • Representations of Surveillance in Film/Art/Literature/Media
  • Surveillance and empowerment
  • Surveillance and human rights
  • Surveillance in knowledge economies
  • Regulation, politics and governance of surveillance
  • Surveillance, privacy and data-protection
  • Participatory surveillance and police surveillance of online social networks
  • Surveillance, games and play
  • Philosophy and theory of surveillance
  • Ethics and Trust in and of surveillance
  • Gender and surveillance
  • Algorithmic surveillance and big data
  • STS approaches to surveillance
  • Surveillance and sports
  • Resistance to surveillance
  • Non-technological surveillance
  • Surveillance and mobility
  • Surveillance and digital/social media
  • Value sensitive design and PETs


  • 13 July 2015 Call for abstracts and intent issued
  • 31 August 2015 Deadline for initial registration of interest by email to
  • 30 October 2015 Electronic booking form available – formal registration and payment
  • 16 November 2015 Extended deadline for abstracts submission via EasyChair
  • 15 December 2015 Notification to participants about decisions on abstracts
  • 28 February 2016 Early Bird registration ends
  • 25 March 2016:
    • Submission of full papers
    • Final Deadline for registration and payment for all conference attendees
    • Launch of conference programme
  • 7 April 2016 Papers published on Web available to all registered conference attendees
  • 20 April 2016 Pre-conference activities
  • 21-23 April 2016 Conference in Barcelona