SSN: Surveillance Studies Network

8th Biennial Conference

Conference Information

  • Important dates:
    January 31 2018: Submission deadline
    April 10 2018: Fee waiver application
    April 15 2018: End of early bird registration
    May 15 2018: Final registration deadline 
    June 1 2018: Upload of extended submissions
    June 6 2018: Pre-conference event at ArOS  
    June 7-9 2018: Conference 
    June 8 2018: Conference dinner 
  • Hotels
    Please book your hotel rooms early. The conference coincides with a popular music festival in Aarhus (Northside). We have pre-booked a limited number of rooms for a lowered cost. For your special conference fee click here
  • Venue: 
    The conference will take place at Aarhus University (AU) in Aarhus, Denmark. The university was founded in 1928 and today it has several world class research fields. The main campus is located in the heart of Aarhus near the historic city centre. Its distinctive yellow brick buildings, designed by C.F. Møller, provide an inspiring framework for the university’s academic and social life, set in the hills and tranquil lakes of the University Park.


The theme of this conference is Surveillance Beyond Borders and Boundaries. The theme is broad in the sense that we understand borders and boundaries as both literal and metaphoric. It is meant to capture how surveillance operates on and beyond territorial borders as well as the many ways that data flows today challenge boundaries between institutions and disciplines.  We call for papers and panels from all areas of critical enquiry that seek to examine such complex articulations and impacts of surveillance in contemporary society. We invite participants to discuss, develop or demolish the borders and boundaries of surveillance. In particular, we welcome interventions that are truly interdisciplinary, multi- disciplinary, or transdisciplinary in scope and reach, from academics, activists, artists, and policy-makers, especially those who sit on the borderlands between academia and practice-based knowledge production.   

- We look forward to seeing you in Aarhus!


Deadline for registration: May 15 2018!

Registration for the conference is now open. Everyone who wishes to attend the conference needs to register and pay in full before attending the conference. 

How to register  

  • Click on 'Registration' on this page.
  • Fill the registration form.
  • Pay by using one of the options (invoice, bank transfer or credit card).
  • Please contact the conference organizers with any questions:


Registration fees

The Conference Fee includes access to conference sessions, materials and booklets, lunch, all-day refreshments, an optional pre-conference tour at the art museum ARoS and a two year membership of the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN). SSN members and PhD students have reduced conference fees. Furthermore, PhD students have the option to apply for the Fee Waiver Program (see below).

The surplus from the conference will be used to promote the charitable activities of the Surveillance Studies Network, support the continued publication of the Journal of Surveillance & Society and give other benefits to members.

Conference fees

Early bird (until April 15)Late registration (until May 15)

Full fee

Includes: Full conference + 2 year SSN membership


Discount rate

Existing SSN members only. Includes 2 year SSN membership renewal


Full time students

For PhD students and other full time students. Includes 2 year SSN membership



Conference dinner

Our conference dinner will take place downtown by the harbour front at a great restaurant named NO16. If weather permits, we will start with an aperitif on their roof terrace overlooking most of Aarhus. This is followed by a delicious 4 course dinner with wine and homemade juices – ad libitum. All this at a cost of €60. Enjoy! See more at: 


Student Fee Waiver Programme

Eligibility requirements: 

  1. Applicant must be currently enrolled as a graduate student at a university.
  2. Applicant must be accepted to submit a paper at the 2018 SSN Conference.
  3. Applicants who are members of an underrepresented group may be given preference (underrepresented groups include but are not limited to: ethnic and racial minorities, first generation post-secondary students, sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, persons from nations with limited representation at SSN).

For all details about how to register for the fee waiver program click here.

Deadline for application: April 10, 2018.