Event: The 9th GIS Annual Conference 2022

Author: SCGA
An article from SCGA editorial team. 

Event: The 9th GIS Annual Conference 2022 – ‘Surveillance, Security and State Institutions’

Date: 24 – 26 November 2022

Time: See official site

Venue: Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj (Romania)

Organisers: Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj

The Scottish Council on Global Affairs is pleased to signpost this event

Taken from the official event site:

“The importance of surveillance, security and state institutions lies at the core of key debates in the academia, politics, journalism and in various professional fields. Two decades ago, the 9 / 11 terror attacks marked the emergence of a new era in which the linkage between the three concepts cannot be neglected. The multiplication of criminal activities, political crises or terror attacks determined the state institutions to use intensively surveillance as an instrument for thwarting security threats. This reality along with the technological evolutions stimulated the emergence of surveillance societies in which surveillance is used in every social sector and individuals cannot escape it.”

“These evolutions generated multiple controversies and raised questions such as: How can security be defined today? What is the meaning of contemporary surveillance? Is surveillance conducted to achieve security objectives? Are the state institutions that perform surveillance upright? Why does contemporary surveillance affect the privacy of the individuals? The relevance of these questions increased significantly especially during the COVID-19 pandemics when most of the world’s governments increased the number of surveillance policies and practices for combating the spread of the virus.”

Again, from the event page here:

“This conference aims to bring together works addressing any of these questions and some other points that relate to surveillance, security and state institutions. The contributions could include but not be limited to contemporary approaches of surveillance and security, the linkage between surveillance, security and state institutions, the dangers of surveillance, the uprightness of state institutions and the individuals’ attitudes towards surveillance. The event will gather a group of 30 researchers working on these topics in order to facilitate the knowledge sharing and a better understanding of current events. The organizers strive for a balance between established academics, early career scholars (PhD candidates may also apply) and practitioners. We encourage theoretical, empirical or methodological papers on any of the above outlined issues. Papers can cover any country or region of the world, there are no limitations in terms of geographical focus.

Depending on the quality, and scope of works, the organizers have in mind either a special issue in an international peer-reviewed journal or an edited volume with a high-profile publisher.”