Friday, 24 March 2017 Kissam Center, C210

2:00 p.m. Registration

2:15 p.m.  Welcome by Dr. Lutz Koepnick, Chair of the Department of German, Russian and East European Studies
Opening Remarks by Sarah Koellner, GGSA Conference Chair

2:30 p.m. Panel 1: Cinematic Representations of Surveillance
Moderator: Adam Merki, German Studies

Dr. Martin Hennig, University of Passau: “Representations of Surveillance in German Literature and Film”

Cynthia Porter, Vanderbilt University: “Lang’s Fury and the Skepticism of the Cinematic Eye in a Courthouse Setting”

Manuela Sixt & Miriam Piegsa, University of Passau: “Whistleblowing in Documentaries”

4:00 p.m. Break

4:15 p.m. Panel 2: Teaching Surveillance at Vanderbilt
Panel discussion with Dr. Lilla Balint, Dr. Derek Bruff, & Dr. Aurora Romero, followed by Vanderbilt undergraduate student presentations:

James Decker, Vanderbilt University: “The Proxy Eyes of the Bureaucracy”

Jacquelyn Olson, Vanderbilt University:  “Surveillance in Kafka’s Metamorphosis

Michaela J. White, Vanderbilt University: “Uniquely Human Surveillance”

Andrew Haygood & Yuthika Gundamaraju, Vanderbilt University: “VIPER: Vanderbilt Internet Privacy & Electronic Rights Club”

5:45 p.m. Break

6:00 p.m. Keynote Lecture by Dr. William G. Staples, Professor of Sociology & Founding Director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center at Kansas University

“Our Culture of Surveillance and the Securitization of Everyday Life”

7:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner 

Saturday, 25 March 2017 Kissam Center, C210

9:30 a.m. Breakfast

9:45 a.m. Panel 1: The Cold War, Privacy, and Surveillance
Moderator: Rudy Saliba, German Studies

Lukas Edeler, University of Passau: “The Superior Stasi and the Erasure of Privacy?”

Zane Dille, USC Dornsife: “Stasi Surveillance and Information Overload: The Case of the  German Democratic Republic”

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Panel 2: Social Media, Identity, and Surveillance
Moderator: Kellie Cavagnaro, Anthropology

Benjamin Heurich, University of Passau: “Digital Self-Awareness and Self Surveillance in Social Media”

Amy Lynne Hill, Vanderbilt University: “GRWM: Aesthetic Modes of Observance, Surveillance, and Subversion on YouTube”

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. Panel 3: Gaming, Aesthetics, and Surveillance
Moderator: Terrell Taylor, English

Dr. Pablo Abend, University of Siegen: “The Quantified Gamer”

Curtis Maughan, Cologne Game Lab / Vanderbilt University: “At the Crossroads of Surveillance and Interactivity: Watch Dogs, Walter Benjamin, and the Digital Flaneur”

Derek Price, Vanderbilt University: “Surveillance and Complicity in Orwell

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Panel 4: Space, Disruptions, and Surveillance
Moderator: Nadejda Webb, English

Kierstin H. Brehm, UC Irvine: “The Virtual Real: Figuring Digital Spaces through Forensic Architecture”

Dr. Justin Joque, University of Michigan & Dr. Paul Boshears, Georgia State University: “Cultural Techniques for an Aesthetic Intervention Involving
Domestic Surveillance Technologies”

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks with Open Floor Discussion

If you wish, please join us for informal and optional dinner, drinks, and
conversation starting at 7:30pm at Pinewood Social, 33 Peabody St.,
Nashville, TN. 37210