Special lecture examines the dynamics of surveillance

Surveillance, in a variety of forms, has become the dominant organizing practice of late modernity. Used for a plethora of purposes, monitoring is changing how institutions operate, our sense of selves and wider practices of governance.

Today, from 11:30am to 1pm in S701 Ross Building, University of Alberta Professor Kevin Haggerty, will present "Surveillance: The Master Patterns", a special lecture that examines modern day surveillance techniques. Haggerty’s talk will step back from the minutia of what can be an overwhelming procession of new surveillance initiatives to identify some of the broad patterns in the dynamics of surveillance.

Left: Kevin Haggerty

Haggerty is editor of the Canadian Journal of Sociology and book review editor of the international journal Surveillance & Society. A professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Alberta, he is also a member of the executive team for the New Transparency Major Collaborative Research Initiative.

His recent work examines surveillance, governance, policing and risk. He has authored, co-authored or co-edited Policing the Risk Society (Oxford University Press, 1997), Making Crime Count (University of Toronto Press, 2001), The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility (University of Toronto Press, 2006), Surveillance & Democracy (Routledge, 2010), Security Games: Surveillance and Security at Mega-Events (Routledge, 2011) and is currently co-editing (with David Lyon and Kirstie Ball) the Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies. (Routledge, 2011).

"Surveillance: The Master Patterns" is sponsored by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, McLaughlin College, the Department of Social Science, the Criminology Program, the Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies and The Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security.