Banal surveillance research seminar 15.1.2021

Banal surveillance research seminar, Friday Jan 15, 12–17, Zoom.

The Banal Surveillance (BANSUR) research group from Tampere university will arrange an online (Zoom) seminar on Friday January 15th discussing questions relating to the normalization of surveillance measures. Welcome to participate via zoom (link via

The day will start with guest lectures by distinguished scholars, including Sara Farris (Goldsmiths), Göran Bolin (Södertorn) and Caroline Bassett (Cambridge).

In the second part we will have a workshop on preliminary findings from the BANSUR research project, funded by the Academy of Finland.


Friday January 15th, 10-15 UK time, 11-16 Swedish/German time, 12-17 Finnish time

1) GUEST LECTURES (in Finnish time):

12:00–12:05 Welcome (Asko Lehmuskallio, Tampere University)

12:35–13:05 Social Media Surveillance, Trust and Experiences of Authoritarianism (Göran Bolin, Södertörn University)

12:05–12:35 Artificial Writing and Surveillance Issues: Research in Progress (Caroline Bassett, Cambridge University)

13:05–13:35 TBA (Sara Farris, Goldsmiths, University of London)

13:35–13:50 Discussion

13:50–14:30 Break


14:30–17:00 BANSUR-workshop

Matti Kortesoja: Banal Surveillance in Finnish Policymaking and Public Discussion

Paula Haara: Passports and the securitization of movement

Asko Lehmuskallio: Learning to see: Assessing bodies via visual technologies

Heikki Heikkilä: Studying Privacy Vulnerability through Life-Stories

We are looking forward to the discussions! Welcome!

All the best,

Paula Haara, Heikki Heikkilä, Matti Kortesoja and Asko Lehmuskallio.