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CfP: Security, Control, and Surveillance in the Latin American City

Call for Papers for a Special section for URBE journal: A critical perspective on urban studies. The full call for papers is available here.

Guest-editors (

  • Lucas Melgaço (Vrije Universiteit Brussel-VUB)
  • Nelson Arteaga Botello(Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences-FLACSO)

We welcome submissions that articulate the ideas of security, surveillance, control and the urban in Latin American cities. We particularly encourage papers on,yet not limited to, the following themes:

• CCTV and Smart CCTV;

•The security and surveillance of mega-events taking place in Latin America;

• Control of dissent (demonstrations, public protests, etc.);

• Urban policing and the use of technologies of information for monitoring and control in public spaces;

• Resistance to surveillance (e.g. through the use of art);

•Smart cities, big data and integrated security centers;

• Urban planning and surveillance

• Urban law and data protection;

• Social media and the city;

• Mobile Surveillance: GPS devices,smartphones,RFID tags,wearable devices, drones;

• International comparative studies of security and surveillance in Latin America cities;

•The military history of Latin American cities and its relationship with surveillance and security today;

•Theoretical contributions of Latin American authors to the study of surveillance, control,and security in the Latin American city;        

Full paper (5 to 8 thousand words, in English): by July 30, 2014
Expected publication date:January 2015

All papers will be submitted to a double-blind peer-review process.Full papers must be sent by email Check urbe’s Instructions for Authors at