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Episode 1

Cam Chat with Heather Roberts

We're back with a second season! This season we are inviting a series of surveillance expert guests to chat about their research, art, culture, technology, and politics.

This week we are fortunate to chat with the lovely Heather Roberts, who tells us a bit more about found footage horror films. If you like "Paranormal Activity", "The Blair Witch Project" and horror flicks, this episode is right for you. What a perfect way to celebrate fall and the witchy season!

Heather Roberts is a third-year PhD student in the Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies program at Queen's University. She completed her Masters in English literature at Queen's and holds Honours degrees from both Queen's and University of Toronto. Her doctoral research explores the relationship between found footage horror films and the rise of social media culture in the mid- to late-2000s, particularly focusing on themes of surveillance. She likes stress baking, growing fruits and vegetables in her garden, and all things horror!

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Episode 2

Cam Chat with Fareed Ben-Youssef

This week we are grateful to host our lovely friend and colleague Dr. Fareed Ben-Youssef. Fareed gives a brief introduction to his new book No Jurisdiction: Legal, Political, and Aesthetic Disorder in Post-9/11 Genre Cinema (SUNY Press, July 2022). If you are a fan of DC, Batman, and surveillance politics, this is the episode for you!

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Episode 3

Cam Chat with Miles Kenyon

This week we have a brand new episode featuring our wonderful Cruising Cam Specialist Miles Kenyon! He's with us to talk about cruising, surveillance, and his MA research that took a deep dive into the world of "Squirt."

Miles has a MA in Communications and Media Studies from Carleton University, where he studied how queer communities discuss surveillance in the context of casual sexual encounters. He reads tarot, pets dogs, and fantasizes about being stranded on a desert island.

Episode 4

Cam Chat with Azadeh Akbari

This week we are pleased to share our mics with the brilliant Azadeh Akbari. In this episode she talks about her desire for a free global internet, especially in relation to Iran's morality police, and their policing of women.

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Episode 5

Cam Chat with Susan Cahill and Mél Hogan

Happy new year dear listeners. To welcome all of you to 2023, we are kicking off this year talking about care and healing with collaborators Drs. Susan Cahill and Mél Hogan from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Susan Cahill (she/her) is a white settler scholar who lives and works in Moh’kinsstis | Calgary on the traditional territories of the peoples of the Treaty 7 region. She is an independent filmmaker, curator, and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Mél Hogan is Director of the Environmental Media Lab (EML) and Associate Professor of Communication, Media and Film, University of Calgary. Her research focuses on data centers, death in the cloud, and genomic media – each understood from within the contexts of planetary catastrophe and collective anxieties about the future.

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Episode 6

Cam Chat with Torin Monahan

This week we are pleased to talk to our colleague Torin Monahan on the release of his new book Crisis Vision: Race and the Cultural Production of Surveillance. You can purchase it at Duke University Press for 30% off with promo code "E22MONHN."

Torin Monahan is a Professor of Communication at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-Editor-in-Chief of Surveillance & Society, the leading academic journal on surveillance. He primarily researches the social and cultural dimensions of surveillance systems, with a specific focus on gender and racial inequalities. He has published over fifty articles or book chapters and six books, including Surveillance Studies: A Reader (with David Murakami Wood) and Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity, which won the Surveillance Studies Book Prize of the Surveillance Studies Network. His book, Crisis Vision: Race and the Cultural Production of Surveillance (Duke University Press), investigates the racializing effects of contemporary surveillance through the lens of visual and performance art.

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Cam Chat with David Murakami Wood

This week we are fortunate to chat with one of the biggest names in surveillance studies, Dr. David Murakami Wood. We have known David for years, as our supervisor, committee member, and mentor. One of David's not so hidden interests is sci-fi. David talks to us about sci-fi and its connection to surveillance.

Dr. David Murakami Wood is a Faculty member at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, and a Professor of Critical Surveillance and Securities Studies in the Department of Criminology of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa.


Dr. Murakami Wood is an interdisciplinary specialist in surveillance, security and technology from a global urban perspective, working mainly in Canada, Japan, the UK and Brazil. He is a leading organizer in the field of surveillance studies as co-founder and now co-editor-in-chief of the international, open access, peer-reviewed journal, Surveillance & Society, co-founder and a current director of the Surveillance Studies Network, co-editor of Surveillance Studies: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2018), Big Data Surveillance and Security Intelligence (UBC Press, 2021), and the forthcoming International Handbook of Surveillance Studies (Edward Elgar).

Educated at Oxford and Newcastle, UK, Dr. Murakami Wood joined the University of Ottawa in 2022 from Queen’s University at Kingston where he was Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre, and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, and a former Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies.

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