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July 15, 2015

Deakin Criminology welcomes visiting thinker in residence: Dr. Randy Lippert

Deakin Criminology are delighted to welcome our visting Thinker in Residence D.r Randy K. Lippert.

Dr. Randy K. Lippert is Professor of Criminology at the University of Windsor, Canada where he teaches in the areas of policing/security, socio-legal studies, and surveillance.  He has published 6 books (including Eyes Everywhere: The Global Growth of Camera Surveillance (2012) (with D. Lyon and A. Doyle), Policing Cities: Urban Securitization and Regulation in a 21st Century World (2013) (with K. Walby), and Municipal Corporate Security in International Context (2015) (with K. Walby)) and more than 50 refereed articles and chapters. He is currently debates editor for the international journal Surveillance and Society and is on the advisory board of two other international journals. His ongoing book projects are Practices of Governing: Neo-Liberalism, Governmentalities, and the Ethnographic Imaginary (co-edited with M. Brady, University of Toronto Press) and National Security, Surveillance, and Emergencies: Canadian and Australian Sovereignty Compared (co-edited with D. Palmer, I. Warren and K. Walby; McGill-Queens University Press).

Visting at Deakin University for July Dr. Lippert has already met with members of the criminology honours cohort and other members of Faculty. On 23rd July he will deliver a lecture, ‘Five Questions about Surveillance’ in Geelong.

In this wide-ranging lecture, Dr. Lippert, explores five interlocking questions that carve out future directions for Surveillance Studies within Criminology.  Drawing from his recent research and writing in these areas and everyday examples from Canada, the US, and Australia, Lippert asks about: how surveillance and law are related, the role of local (public and private) government surveillance, how surveillance is normalized via media, including popular film, the effectiveness of surveillance, and ultimately how people understand surveillance.  Pursuing answers to these five interrelated questions in Surveillance Studies, Lippert argues, promises to reveal uncomfortable truths about surveillance for the entrenched views of its advocates, critics, and the public alike, as well as to have repercussions for understanding crime and its control.

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