San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Politics and Practices of Secrecy
Institute of North American Studies
King’s College London
14-15 May, 2015
In the wake of the Snowden revelations about the surveillance capabilities of intelligence agencies, this interdisciplinary symposium gathers experts to discuss the place and implications of secrecy in contemporary culture and politics. Please note that there is an opening talk by Jamie Bartlett (Demos, Author of The Dark Net) on the evening of the 14th May. If you would like to attend that event, you must also register at: //secretsofdarknet.eventbrite.co.uk
The ticket for this page is for the day-long secrecy symposium on the 15th May. Both events are free but registration is essential. Please bring eventbrite tickets with you for entry.
Introduction: Secrecy’s Frame
Clare Birchall (King’s College London) & Matt Potolsky (University of Utah)
Roundtable 1: Between Opacity and Openness
- Mark Fenster (University of Florida) 'Secrecy and the Hypothetical State Archive'
- Zach Blas (University of Buffalo) 'Informatic Opacity'
- Mikkel Flyvverbom (Copenhagen Business School) 'Transparency, Secrecy and the Limits of Knowledge'
- Vian Bakir (Bangor University) 'Deceptive Organised Persuasive Communication: (a) Misdirection and (b) Secretly Altering Reality to Fit the Lie you want to Tell'
Roundtable 2: Aesthetics of the Secret
- John Beck (University of Westminster) 'Photography’s Open Secret'
- Neal White (Artist, Bournemouth University) 'Secrecy and Art in Practice'
- Clare Birchall (King’s College London) 'Art "After" Snowden'
Roundtable 3: Open Secrets
- Jack Bratich (Rutgers University) 'Spectacular Secrecy and the Secret Sphere: Rumsfeld, Anonymous, and Snowden'
- Deme Kasimis (Yale University) 'Passing as Open Secrecy: Migrants and the Performance of Citizenship in Classical Greek Thought'
- Adam Piette (Sheffield University) 'The Open Secret of Nuclear Waste'
- Matt Potolsky (University of Utah) 'Beyond Fiction: The NSA and Representation'
Roundtable 4: Covert Spheres
- Timothy Melley (Miami University) 'The Democratic Security State: Operating Between Secrecy and Publicity'
- Øyvind Vågnes (University of Copenhagen) 'Drone Warfare and the Language of Precision'
- Hugh Urban (Ohio State) 'The Silent Brotherhood: Secrecy, Violence, and Surveillance from the Brüder Schweigen to the War on Terror'
Summary: Secrecy’s Future