Select Presentations

Conference Papers

2015

  • Dafnos, Tia, Scott Thompson, and Martin French, “Surveillance and the Colonial Dream: Canada’s Surveillance of Indigenous Protest,” presented at the Society for Socialist Studies Annual Conference, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, June 4, 2015.
  • French, Martin, “Some Critical Questions for ‘Infodemiologists’: Big Data and Disease Surveillance,” presented at the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection 2015: Data Protection on the Move Conference, Les Halles, Brussels, January 21, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ETK1F06j5g.

2014

  • French, Martin, “Viropolitics: On Uncertainty and Counselling in an Era of Criminalization,” presented at the Vitalizing Movements Conference: Bodies, Environments, and Biopolitical Struggles, Carleton University, Ottawa, February 1, 2014.
  • French, Martin, “Caring for your Data Double: New Risks and Responsibilities in an Era of Ubiquitous Health Information Flows,” presented at the Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, April 26, 2014.
  • French, Martin and Tyndall, Mark. “On the Juridical ‘Over-Coding’ of Health Information: Towards an Ethic of Informatic Care,” presented at the International Conference on Law and Society, Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 30, 2014.
  • French, Martin. “Transparent Patients: Addressing Risk in Health Information Exchanges,” presented at the ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

2013

  • French, Martin and Nissenbaum, Helen, “Operationalizing Privacy as Contextual Integrity in Health Information Exchanges,” presented at the International Conference on Law & Society, Boston Sheraton, Boston, Massachusetts, May 30, 2013.
  • French, Martin and Miller, Fiona A., “Mapping Maps: Situating Oncology Asset Maps in the Representational Process—Plenary Panel: Using Situational Analysis for Critical Qualitative Research,” presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, May 17, 2013.
  • French, Martin and Nissenbaum, Helen, “Governing Health Information in the Surveillance Age: Operationalizing Health Information Privacy in the United States,” presented at the Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, England, April 3, 2013.

2012

  • French, Martin, “Documenting (in) the Medico-Legal Borderland: Public Health Practice and the Criminal Prosecution of Persons Living with HIV,” presented at the International Conference on Law & Society, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawai’i, June 4, 2012.
  • French, Martin, “Visualizing (in) the Medico-Legal Borderland: Public Health Practice and the Criminal Prosecution of Persons Living with HIV,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociology Association, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, June 1, 2012.
  • French, Martin, “A Survey of Orders Issued Under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act,” presented at the Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montréal, Canada, April 21, 2012.
  • Smith, Gavin and Martin French, “Human Wrongs and Surveillance Rights: Towards a Sociology of Contemporary Citizenship,” presented at the Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, April 4, 2012.

2011

  • French, Martin, “Viropolitics: Virology and the Emergence of Suspect Life,” presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Artery Gallery, Kitchener, Canada, September 24, 2011.
  • French, Martin, “Viropolitics: An Emergent Vital Politics of Public Health,” presented at the International HIV Social Science and Humanities Conference, ICC, Durban, South Africa, Saturday, June 11, 2011.

2010

  • French, Martin, “Overt-Covert Surveillance: At the Nexus of Security Studies and Surveillance Studies,” presented at the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada, Thursday, June 3, 2010.
  • French, Martin, “The Return of Overt Surveillance,” presented at the Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference, City University, London, UK, April 13–15, 2010.

Invited Lectures and Seminars

2015

  • French, Martin, “Every Dose, Every Day: Apps as Non-Human Actants and the Challenges they Pose for Critical Social Theory,” presented at the Possibilities of Critique: Critical Approaches to Social Science and HIV/AIDS Research Workshop, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Friday, May 29, 2015.

2014

  • French, Martin, “Mobilizing the Creativity of Objects,” presented at the Faculty Roundtable, SAGSA Intersections Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Friday, March 14, 2014.
  • French, Martin and Amy Swiffen. “Sero-politics: Using Epidemiological Data in HIV Non-disclosure Prosecutions,” presented at the Immanent Citizenships Workshop: Personhood and Identity Politics in the Informatic Age, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

2013

  • French, Martin and Nissenbaum, Helen, “Operationalizing Privacy in Health Information Exchanges,” presented at Privacy Research Group, New York, New York University, New York, USA, June 12, 2013.
  • French, Martin, “The Viropolitics of HIV Testing, Counseling and Criminalization in Tennessee,” presented at HIV Prevention and the Criminal Law: An International Research Workshop on the Public Health Impact of Criminalizing HIV Exposure/Transmission, The University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, April 27, 2013.

 2012

  • French, Martin, “Enacting Risk in the Medico-Legal Borderland: The Viropolitics of HIV Testing and Counselling in Tennessee,” presented at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Friday, November 30, 2012.
  • French, Martin, “From Epidemiological Surveillance to ‘Infodemiology’: Information Privacy in a New Public Health Paradigm,” presented at the SHARPS/OHIT Workshop on Audit and Health Information Exchange (HIE), Northwestern University, Chicago, USA, Wednesday, August 15, 2012.
  • French, Martin, “A Survey of Orders Issued Under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act: Implications Going Forward,” presented at the Ontario Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee, Sexually Transmitted Infection Working Group meeting, Public Health Ontario, Toronto, Canada, Monday, July 16, 2012.
  • French, Martin, “What is Surveillance? iPHIS from an Outsider’s Perspective,” presented at the Control of Infectious Disease/Infection Control All Staff Meeting, Toronto Public Health, Toronto, Canada, Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
  • French, Martin, “iPHIS and Surveillance in the Information Age,” Presented at the Communicable Disease Epidemiology Lunch Bunch seminar series, Toronto Public Health, Toronto, Canada, Tuesday, February 28, 2012.
  • French, Martin, “Data Fusion in Public Health: A View from Surveillance Studies,” Presented at the Data Fusion Scientific Meeting, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Canada, Thursday, January 26, 2012.
  • French, Martin, “A Survey of Orders Issued Under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act: A Preliminary Report,” Presented before the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (OACHA), Public Health Subcommittee, Toronto, Canada, Monday, January 23, 2012.

 2011

  • French, Martin, “A Survey of Orders Issued Under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act: A Preliminary Report,” Presented at the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, Belleville, Canada, Friday, December 16, 2011.
  • French, Martin, “Discussant for Keynote Presentation by Professor Catherine Waldby—Biobanking in Singapore: Post-developmental State, Experimental Population,” presented at the Exposing Bodies: Surveillance and Embodiment Inaugural Symposium, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Friday, July 8, 2011 (video here: http://sydney.edu.au/business/thinkbox/videos/speakers).
  • French, Martin, “From Surveillance Medicine to Virtual Medicine,” presented at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy Seminar Series, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Monday, May 30, 2011.
  • French, Martin, “Viropolitics: HIV Prevention and the Criminalization of Non-Disclosure,” presented at the Biopolitics of Science Seminar Series, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Thursday, March 31, 2011.
  • French, Martin, “Dataveillance and the Immaterial Conception of Information,” presented at the Surveillance and Everyday Life Research Group Colloquia 1 – Setting the Scene, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Friday, March 25, 2011.
  • French, Martin, “On the Emergence of Infodemiology,” presented at the New Media Rendezvous, Duke University, Durham, United States, Thursday, January 20, 2011.

2010

  • French, Martin, “The Surprise of Surveillance Medicine,” presented at the CIHR Strategic Research and Training Initiative in Health Care, Technology, and Place Annual Interdisciplinary Workshop, St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre, Toronto, Canada, April 30, 2010.
  • French, Martin, “The Re-purposing of Privacy,” presented at the Department of Geography, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, Friday, February 5, 2010.
  • French, Martin, “Surveillance Mentalities: Data Doubles in the Digital Age,” presented at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Wednesday, January 27, 2010.