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Master's Workshop: “Experiencing Surveillance in Fiction and Theory”

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When Jun 08, 2018
from 09:45 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Breisacher Tor, Room 107
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Surveillance, a fully pervasive feature of today’s lifeworlds, challenges borders of self and other, of institutions, freedom and development. Surveillance technology has long since experienced a function creep from its intended, managerial uses into uses as devices that structure narratives and express emotions, as in the well-worn split screen of films that employ surveillance camera footage as part of their plot development, or for the enhancement of affective reaction.

Most interesting in this respect is the link that surveillance as a theme, and the evocation of surveillance technology as part of narrative construction, have developed with narratives of becoming, novels of education, and especially, young adult and children's fiction. This speaks, on the one hand, to an increasing normalization of surveillance technologies and surveillance epistemes as aspects of becoming in today’s societies, while, on the other hand, it enables further experiential ways to express states of being under surveillance. In texts that envision specific lifeworlds of an imaginary today or a tomorrow, surveillance can be both an obvious topic and form a nearly unmentioned undercurrent, that nevertheless pre-shapes ways of capture and agency for protagonists. In fiction and theory, surveillance today crosses borders of expression by tentatively developing future ways of experiencing surveillance.

In this workshop, as a concluding event of the DFG project “CCTV Beyond Surveillance”, master's students will discuss the borders of expression that are crossed by experiencing surveillance in fiction and theory.


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