The ANSUR network brings together anthropologists who research and study surveillance, as broadly conceived. The network holds meetings and events, and disseminates news, information, and commentary through its mailing list. It is convened by Vita Peacock, Deniz Yonucu, and Rune Steenberg.

Through its disciplinary basis, ANSUR approaches surveillance as a social relationship.

It is a relationship that connects those monitoring with those being monitored in each setting, and varies widely according to social, cultural and technical conditions. In particular, the ascent of what has been named ‘participatory’ surveillance enabled by the ubiquity of smartphones, fractures older analyses that view surveillance through the lens of clear power asymmetries, and opens up new questions around complicity and consent, as well as the potentials for subversion and resistance.

In addition to assembling this discussion, the network seeks to amplify anthropological perspectives on surveillance in the public sphere, during this epochal shift in the history of technology.

If you would like to join the network please subscribe to the mailing list.

You can also follow us on Twitter @ansurnetwork


Upcoming events:

In Conversation with Catarina Fróis on Friday 13 May, 2022.

Register here.

Past events:

Book Talk with Darren Byler on Wednesday 15 December, 2021

#UnderSurveillance Podcast

Ep.1 Darren Byler

On 15 December 2021, we hosted a book talk on Zoom with Darren Byler, anthropologist and Assistant Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University. Darren presented his two recently published books, In the Camps: China’s High-Tech Penal Colony, and Terror Capitalism: Uyghur Dispossession and Masculinity in a Chinese City, both of which draw on a decade of ethnographic research in and on Xinjiang, a north-western province of China. Within the last decade Xinjiang has become known as the most surveilled territory in the world, and while the subject matter can be affectively challenging at times, we were honoured to host Darren for the inaugural event in our new event series to learn more about these developments. The podcast is freely available for download here.


Hosted by: Deniz Yonucu, Vita Peacock, and Rune Steenberg

Music: Verdächtig by System Absturz (CC)

Sound Editing and Artwork: Kate Davis