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PhD defence: In the Eyes of the Beholder June 24, 2008

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Academic, PhD.

My colleague and friend Anders Albrechtslund will be defending his PhD dissertation next Monday. The dissertation is called In the Eyes of the Beholder: Introducing participation and ethics to surveillance and is a collection of seven published papers.

Anders writes about his dissertation:

The main focus of the dissertation is to understand surveillance, and participation and ethics have been ways to grasp the concept. I introduce the concept “participatory surveillance” to emphasize aspects of surveillance practices which are not adequately expressed in the current surveillance studies literature… […] This way of grasping surveillance might be in stark contrast to the everyday understanding of something unpleasant and unwanted, which terrifies and controls its passive victims, a description we know so well from depictions in books, films and TV series. However, when certain everyday social relations are studied, e.g. online social networking, these practices can be described as active, positive engagements with surveillance. Consequently, there seems to be more to surveillance than meets the eye.

Especially, I find Anders’ paper on “Online Social Networking as Participatory Surveillance” interesting. Here, the practice of online social networking is conceptualised in relation to the social and playful aspects of surveillance.

I wish Anders the best of luck with the defence and look forward to attending the event.


1. albrechtslund - June 24, 2008

Thanks a lot – I will do my best 🙂

2. Malene Charlotte Larsen - June 30, 2008

Congratulations, Anders, with the PhD degree. The defence was brilliant and you did really well. Enjoy your holiday – you deserve it 🙂

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