“Big Brother is Watching You!” – Or is it now sister Alexa who is
listening? Within a 200-yard radius of the flat in which George Orwell
wrote 1984, there are 28 CCTV cameras, together with hundreds
of private, remote-controlled security cameras used to scrutinise
visitors to homes, shops and offices, sometimes using facial recognition
technology. In this seminar, we will look at the topic of
“surveillance” from a broad range of angles, from literary accounts such
as Orwell’s dystopian classic or more contemporary ones like Dave
Eggers’ satire on Facebook, The Circle to cultural critiques such as Michel Foucault’s analysis of the Panopticon, as well as films like Enemy of the State, The Bourne Supremacy, or Citizenfour.
But we will also reflect our own cultural practices in an age of
recording and sharing (microblogging, quantified self, sousveillance).
And last but not least, we will discuss the function of surveillance, or
monitoring, for teachers.
- Dozent/in: Sebastian Domsch