Call for papers: Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2013, Los Angeles, April 9-13

Session: Surveillance, Control and Security in Latin America

Convened by Lucas Melgaço (Vrije Universiteit Brussel – VUB)

Marta M. Kanashiro (University of Campinas – Unicamp)

Nelson Arteaga Botello – Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEMex)

This session aims to promote the discussion of subjects related to the geographies of security, control, and surveillance, emphasizing, but not restricted to case studies regarding Latin America. We welcome submissions on any aspect of this broad area and particularly encourage papers on:

* Closed-Circuit Television Systems (CCTv);

* Social sorting, classification, biometric identification documents, and smart cards;

* The security of mega-events taking place in Latin America, such as the Soccer World Cup in Brazil or the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil);

* Control of dissent (demonstrations, public protests, etc) and resistance to surveillance;

* Urban policing, control, and surveillance in Latin American cities;

* The relationships between urban planning and electronic surveillance and security;

* Integrated security centers;

* Border control of Latin America countries;

* Personal data, regulation and legislation concerning surveillance and privacy;

* Internet, social networks, and their relationships with surveillance and privacy;

* Mobile Surveillance: RFID tags, GPS devices, mobile phones;

* International comparative studies of security and surveillance in Latin America countries;
* Theoretical contributions of Latin American authors to the study of surveillance, control, and security;

The three organizers are members of the Latin American Network of Surveillance, Technology and Society Studies – LAVITS. Founded in 2009, the LAVITS research network aims to become a means for discussion, the exchange of knowledge, and debate around the sociotechnical circumstances that enable the capture, storage, management, and cross-checking of information, especially personal data. The massive presence of these technologies in daily life in Latin America has not been accompanied by public debate, social movements, academic research, or appropriate legislation. This phenomenon alone highlights the importance of creating a space for exchanging information and experiences in order to stimulate debate and research on the subjects that surround the use of surveillance technologies.

Potential participants should send a 250-word abstract and a preliminary paper title to lavits.net@gmail.com by the 18th of October, 2012. Successful submissions will be announced on the 19th of October, 2012.