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Surveillance | Society | Culture


Edited By Florian Zappe and Andrew S. Gross

What only a few decades ago would have been considered a totalitarian nightmare seems to have become reality: Surveillance practices and technologies have infiltrated all aspects of our lives, forcing us to reconsider established notions of privacy, subjectivity, and the status of the individual in society. The United States is central to contemporary concerns about surveillance. American companies are at the forefront of developing surveillance technologies; and government agencies, in the name of security and law and order, are monitoring our words and actions more than ever before. This book brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore the implications of what many consider to be a far-reaching social, political, and cultural transformation.

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Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies is a curator and researcher. Through traditional research and practice-based methodologies, he investigates histories of technology and cultures of games in the Asia Pacific Region. His research has been enabled with fellowships from Tokyo Art and Space, M+ Museum of Visual Culture and the Hong Kong Design Trust. Davies is a currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Design and Creative Practice at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Birgit Däwes

Birgit Däwes is Professor and Chair of American Studies at Europa-Universität Flensburg and General Editor (with Carmen Birkle) of the journal Amerikastudien/American Studies. She received her doctoral and post-doctoral degrees from the University of Würzburg, Germany, and held previous positions at the University of Mainz, at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and at the University of Vienna, Austria, where she also directed the Center for Canadian Studies. Her works include two award-winning monograph studies, Native North American Theater in a Global Age (Heidelberg: Winter, 2007) and Ground Zero Fiction: History, Memory, and Representation in the American 9/11 Novel (Heidelberg: Winter, 2011), as well as editions such as Indigenous North American Drama: A Multivocal History (Albany: SUNY Press, 2013) and (with Alexandra Ganser and Nicole Poppenhagen) Transgressive Television: Politics and Crime in 21st-Century American TV Series (Heidelberg: Winter, 2015). She currently works on cultural representations of surveillance in fiction, film, and television serials.

Andrew S. Gross

Andrew S. Gross is...

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