The Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) is dedicated to the study of surveillance in all its forms. It promotes innovative and transdisciplinary work on surveillance, including work that bridges different academic disciplines, develops the understanding of surveillance in wider society, and informs information policy and political debate. As a registered charitable company, the SSN is committed to the free distribution of scholarly products, including the publication of Surveillance & Society, the premier peer-reviewed journal of surveillance studies.

Both the SSN and Surveillance & Society support open access and encourage submission formats—such as html, photographic, video and new media work—that could not be published in conventional paper journals. To further this mandate, the SSN is announcing the creation of the Surveillance Studies Network Arts Fund, a bi-annual award that recognizes and publicly supports artwork centred on critical readings of surveillance. The Award includes a £2,000 prize, a showcase opportunity at the SSN Conference June 7-9, 2018 in Aarhus, Denmark, and invited participation in a future Surveillance & Society forum discussing the work.

To nominate an artwork, please complete the following form*, including a detailed statement outlining how the work aligns with the critical orientation of Surveillance & Society and the SSN. Self-nominations are welcome.

The following criteria will be used to adjudicate the nominations:
• Must be an original artwork or performance, produced in the 2016 and 2017 calendar years;
• Demonstrates a thematic fit with the critical orientation of the Surveillance Studies Network and Surveillance & Society;
• Exhibits theoretical sophistication; and,
• Promotes audience engagement.

The call for nominations opens August 15th, 2017 and closes at 11:59pm EST on October 15th, 2017, with the selected artwork announced in early January 2018.

For further information, please contact Jennifer R Whitson, Associate Editor of Surveillance & Society at jwhitson@uwaterloo.ca and include the heading “SSN Arts Fund”.

*Submission forms are hosted by Google. For a PDF version, please send a request to jwhitson@uwaterloo.ca with the heading “SSN Arts Fund form”.

Submit here: https://goo.gl/forms/k4HkWhDQRsyFbAVs2 ….