Multiple Surveillance on the Digitized Campus

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This paper examines the rise of digital surveillance in educational spaces. More specifically, it demonstrates how numerous the agents, practices and technologies involved in the surveillance of a university campus are. The agents watching and being watched on a campus include: students, faculty, staff, visitors, neighbours, and the police, etc. Among the various practices and technologies, four main issues are analysed: video surveillance; identification and access; online surveillance; and administrative surveillance. Twenty semi-structured interviews were conducted at a medium-sized Canadian university, where the interviewees mainly comprised staff involved in administration, IT, and security. Although surveillance in educational spaces has generated rather a lot of literature in recent years, few scholars have demonstrated particular interest in the monitoring of higher education. Equally few are the publications that detail university surveillance as something multiple, a real "assemblage".
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-51
Number of pages25
JournalRadical Pedagogy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • video surveillance
  • surveillant assemblage
  • universities
  • internet tracking
  • e-learning platforms

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