We are very excited to welcome William G. Staples to Vanderbilt at the end of March. His keynote lecture  will address the impact of ubiquitous surveillance in form of “Tiny Brothers” and how they relate to the desire of the securitization of our life.  

William G. Staples: “Our Culture of Surveillance and the Securitization of Everyday Life.” Vanderbilt University, Kissam Center C210, Friday March 24, 2017, 6pm.  

“Long before the National Security Agency took center stage, we were deploying ever more sophisticated ways of keeping a close watch on each other. Typically enhanced by the use of new information technologies, these are the quiet, seemingly innocuous techniques—the “Tiny Brothers” as I call them—that appear in the workplace, the school, the community and the home. Often justified through a discursive process of “securitization,” these are the strategies used by both public and private organizations to closely monitor our behaviors and gather knowledge about us. In these instances, actors transform topics/issues/problems into matters of “security”: a politicization that enables extraordinary means to be used in the name of security.  We desire to eliminate risk, but at what price? Unless we confront the pervasive and pernicious effects of the securitization of everyday life, we will continue to undermine our individual autonomy, privacy, and human dignity and further deepen our culture of surveillance.”