Dr Janos Mark Szakolczai

  • Lecturer in Criminology (Sociology)

email: JanosMark.Szakolczai@glasgow.ac.uk

Room 303, Ivy Lodge, 63 Gibson Street, University of Glasgow

Biography

Before joining the University of Glasgow, I taught at the National University of Ireland in Cork. I worked in Italy as a social worker, project manager. I have also contributed on magazines and newspapers in both English and Italian. For my BA (Hons) in arts (Sociology and Philosophy), I have produced a genealogical dissertation entitled 'Electronic Solitudes' (2012) on the birth and influence of social media, with a particular focus on Facebook. I have since focused my research on the combination of criminality, harm and novel media.
Working on my MA (Hons) in Criminology (2015), I have engaged in a participant observation analysis entitled 'Dynamic Spaces' focusing on the discipline of Parkour and the novel ways for 'living' urban spaces within a cultural criminology spectrum.
My doctorate entitled 'Suspicion, Control and Desire', theorises the secretive & toxic elements of digital harm connected to smartphone usage and related mediums. I am currently PI on a Scottish Government funded multidisciplinary research-project (2022-2023), reviewing quantitavely and qualitative the use and effectiveness of Public Space CCTV in Scotland, comparing results with the UK and Denmark.
 

Research interests

My current research interests concentrate on surveillance, social control, online criminality and digital harms and their criminological narratives. In detail, my focus is based on the hidden, covert and untold aspects of crime and harm - augmented by smart mediums and the 'onlife' reality. I am exploring the sub-cultural uses and abuses of the online presence and its effect 'offline' - with particular emphasis on the jeopardizing of 'reality' and the liminal harm of agency loss. This involves studies on obfuscation, AI & bot surveillance, hate speech and deepfake dystopias.
I am currently writing on the concept of metacrime, and the forms to prevent online misinformation and toxicity. Also, I am interested in novel methods of doing research, including hybrid ethnography, 'ghost criminology' and participant observation.


Keywords: metacrime; cybersecurity; hidden surveillance; cultural criminology of the onlife; web toxicity; toxic conspiracy; social harms & Covid-19; obfuscation; deep-fake; onlife criminology
 
 

Publications

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2022

Szakolczai, J. M. (2022) "No human's land": comparing war rhetoric and collective sacrifice in the Great War with the pandemic. In: Horvath, A. and O' Connor, P. (eds.) Liminal Politics in the New Age of Disease. Routledge. (Accepted for Publication)

Szakolczai, J. M. (2022) "Flawless”: The staging of pandemic-driven remote interviews and the polishing of the onlife persona. Sociological Observer, 4, pp. 32-39.

2021

Szakolczai, J. M. (2021) 'What have you caught?' Nannycams and hidden cameras as normalised surveillance of the intimate. In: O'Connor, P. and Benţa, M. I. (eds.) The Technologisation of the Social: A Political Anthropology of the Digital Machine. Series: Contemporary liminality. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 139-152. ISBN 9780367511661 (doi: 10.4324/9781003052678-10)

Szakolczai, J. M. (2021) "Nothing new in the West": paralleling the war rhetoric and measures of the COVID-19 pandemic with the WW1 horrors described by Erich Maria Remarque. International Political Anthropology, 14(2), pp. 113-124. (doi: 10.5281/zenodo.5721749)

2013

Szakolczai, J. M. (2013) La Nuova Concezione di Un Ostacolo. Ad Est dell'Equatore. ISBN 9788895797533

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Articles

Szakolczai, J. M. (2022) "Flawless”: The staging of pandemic-driven remote interviews and the polishing of the onlife persona. Sociological Observer, 4, pp. 32-39.

Szakolczai, J. M. (2021) "Nothing new in the West": paralleling the war rhetoric and measures of the COVID-19 pandemic with the WW1 horrors described by Erich Maria Remarque. International Political Anthropology, 14(2), pp. 113-124. (doi: 10.5281/zenodo.5721749)

Books

Szakolczai, J. M. (2013) La Nuova Concezione di Un Ostacolo. Ad Est dell'Equatore. ISBN 9788895797533

Book Sections

Szakolczai, J. M. (2022) "No human's land": comparing war rhetoric and collective sacrifice in the Great War with the pandemic. In: Horvath, A. and O' Connor, P. (eds.) Liminal Politics in the New Age of Disease. Routledge. (Accepted for Publication)

Szakolczai, J. M. (2021) 'What have you caught?' Nannycams and hidden cameras as normalised surveillance of the intimate. In: O'Connor, P. and Benţa, M. I. (eds.) The Technologisation of the Social: A Political Anthropology of the Digital Machine. Series: Contemporary liminality. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 139-152. ISBN 9780367511661 (doi: 10.4324/9781003052678-10)

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Grants

In July 2022 I successfully secured the funds for a 7 months contract with the Government of Scotland. analying the Public Space CCTV conditions in Scotland. As a PI, me and my team was required to compare the findings with the rest of UK and Denmark.

Supervision

I am very keen in supervising novel criminological frontiers in

  • hybrid on/off line reality
  • obfuscation, surveillance and data-profiling
  • sociological and criminological implications of the Sars-Cov-19 pandemic
  • AI and crime prevention
  • Smart devices and smart enviroments
  • cyberharm and cybersecurity
  • Web Toxicity
  • Deepfakes, Bots & Weaponization of Media

Teaching

  • 2021/2022: Semester 1 Understanding & Explaining Crime
  • 2021/2022: Semester 2 MRes Methods Lab (Convener)
  • 2022/2023: Semester 1 Criminological Theory in Context (Convener)
  • 2022/2023: Semester 2 MRes Methods Lab (Convener)

Professional activities & recognition

Grant committees & research advisory boards

  • 2022 - 2023: Scottish Goverment,