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Week Nine/ March 6:


"But I've got nothing to hide" - Surveillance and Media Culture


Guest Lecture: Stéfy McKnight, Media Artist and MA Cultural Studies, Queen's University. 



  • Lyon, David. 2007. "Surveillance, Visibility, and Popular Culture." In Surveillance Studies an Overview: 139-158Polity Press, Cambridge.                                                                                          

  • Sturken, Marita  and L. Cartwright. 2001. "Spectatorship, Power and Knowledge."    In Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. Oxford University Press: 72-108.


Screening: Closed Circuit, dir. John Crowley, writer Steven Knight, (2013) USA. Trailer.




























Supplementary Readings:


  • Trottier, Daniel. 2012. "Interpersonal Surveillance and Social Media." In Canadian Journal      of Communication Vol 37: 319-332.

  • Foucault, Michel. 1977. "Panopticism." In Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison.            NY: Vintage Books [1995]: 195-228.

  • Lyon, David. 2015. "Precarious Privacy." In Surveillance After Snowden. Cambridge: Polity  Press: 91-114.

  • Haggerty, Kevin D.. 2006. "Tear Down the Walls: on demolishing the panopticon." In   Theorizing Surveillance: The Panopticon and Beyond, edited by David Lyon, 23-45. Willan  Publishing.



Screening clips: 














Enemy of the State, dir. by Tony Scott, Writer David Marconi, (1998) USA.



















Citizenfour, dir. by Laura Poitras, (2104) USA.





Chief, Betsy. 2015. "The Drone Papers" (website). The Intercept. First Look Media.   


Cahill, Susan. 2015. Art and Surveillance (website).


Bridle, James. 2015. “The Space" (website). Citizen Ex.





Wafaa Bilal. 2007. The Paintball Project performance, FlatFile Gallery, Chicago.  


Trevor Paglen. 2015. Photographs of  National Security Administration(NSA) sites. 


Jill Magid. 2004. Evidence Locker.


Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. 2010. Google. 



Stéphanie McKnight (Stéfy) is a Kingston Ontario based artist. She began her career as a visual artist while undergoing a BFA at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. Interested in how cultural objects and productions  produce knowledge and interaction, her research focuses on gender performativity, privacy, media, surveillance post 9/11 and Edward Snowden revelations. Stéfy’s primary artistic medium is installation art in forms of site specific, video; experimental photography, performance and found objects. Stéfy has recently exhibited work at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, OCAD University, WKP Kennedy Gallery and White Water Gallery in North Bay and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2015 her work Coded, I Am was shortlisted for the Queen’s University Research Photo Contest. Stéfy is currently a MA candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen's University. 


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