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Keeping an eye on surveillance

Event — 8th January 2019

The 2019 Sydney Martin Lecture

  • Tuesday May 28, 7:30pm
  • Venue: J B Maclagan Chapel, NTC, M20 2GU
  • Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm (includes refreshments)
  • Cost: Free and open to the public

Keeping an eye on surveillance

About the lecture

Having personal information collected and analysed is part of everyday life – for everyone, not only a suspect few.

Surveillance makes possible government, retail, healthcare, education in fact almost all dimensions of society. This lecture discusses how Christians might respond using the Bible and theological insights.

Dr Eric Stoddart

Lecturer in Practical Theology University of St Andrews

Dr Stoddart’s main research interests lie in surveillance and in digital technologies more generally – all from a practical theological perspective. He is curious about the faith which our societies place in technologies as supposed solutions to relationship challenges across a whole host of levels and in a multitude of contexts.


Stoddart, E. & Yngvesson. ‘Surveillance and religion’ in Surveillance & Society 16, 4, p.393-398.

Stoddart, E. ‘Wolves in the airport: Jesus’ critique of purity as a challenge to 21st century surveillance’ in Practical Theology. 11, 1, p.54-66.

Stoddart, E. ‘Zacchaeus: patron saint of surveillance’ in Crucible, the Journal of Christian Social Ethics. April 2018, p.7-17.

Forthcoming publications:

Stoddart, E. ‘Reforming bodies under surveillance…’ a chapter in Reforming Practical Theology: The Politics of Body and Space, eds. Vähäkangas, A., et al; 2019.

Stoddart, E. The Common Gaze: Surveillance and the Common Good. London: SCM, 2019.