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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Literature and Surveillance in the Age of Globalization

24th May 2019, 09:30 to 15:00, Business School, MHL452

Our annual postgraduate conference, open to all early career researchers, is on the theme of Literature and Surveillance.

The aim of the conference is to explore how mechanisms of surveillance have changed since the Cold War and how literature has responded to new forms of surveillance in the age of globalization. As some argue, we have moved away from Foucauldian notion of discipline society to control society. This new control society – an intensification of the postmodern surveillance which best manifests itself in the life and fiction of the cold war – no longer functions based on exclusion (as in a disciplinary society that would exclude minorities such as lepers, women, mad people, etc.). Rather, to guarantee the flow of capital, it celebrates multiplicity and difference in contrast to the postmodern discourse of the high period of cold war.


  • 9.30-10am Registration/Refreshments
  • 10-10.30am The Mole and the Snake: On Panopticism’s Digital Eversion (Chair: Nadia Terki) Pierluca D'Amato (Durham University)
  • 10.30am-11 Take No Prisoners - A creative / critical presentation (Chair: AryaAryan) Susannah Heffernan (creative writer at Warwick University)
  • 11.15am Refreshments
  • 11.15am-11.45 Mohsin Hamid's Exit West: Depoliticisation and Interpellation (Chair:Kashish Madan) Sercan Hamza BA─×LAMA (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University)
  • 1.45-12.15pm Social Media and Surveillance Capitalism: The Ethics of ProductiveSurveillance in Dave Eggers’ The Circle (2013) (Chair: Nadia Terki)
    Jade Hinchliffe (The University of Hull)
  • 12.30–1.30pm***Lunch Break***
  • 1.30-2pmThe Mam Who was Thursday and the Modes of Operation of Surveillance (Chair: Kashish Madan)
    Nadia Terki (Durham University)
  • 2-3pm Keynote Speaker (chair: Arya Aryan) 'Total Information Awareness': Market Surveillance and Contemporary Fiction
    Dr Paul Crosthwaite (University of Edinburgh)
  • 3pm Closing remarks


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