SPIN September Newsletter

September 15, 2021

Below is a summary of some of the exciting events and projects underway at SPIN this month. 


1) Ongoing



2) Upcoming events (save the date!) 


    • SPIN is hosting, with the SWDTP, the book launch for Professor William Walters’ new book State Secrecy and Security: Refiguring the Covert Imaginary on 22nd September at 5pm (GMT+1). Join our panel for an evening to discuss the book’s themes. Link to more details and sign up: https://wp.me/pb19Tu-nT


    • Our bi-monthly Research in Progress seminars resume this month. The next one is scheduled on the 29th of September at 2pm. Do join in to catch up on research or share a research problem.


    • This year, SPIN is sponsoring a panel at the annual International Studies Association-Northeast Conference Nov 4th-6th, entitled ‘Rethinking Secrecy, Space, Power’ in association with the SPIN project exploring new conceptions of space (spatialities) in secrecy studies (panel convened by Dr. Clare Stevens, Portsmouth). ISA-NE is a great conference so if you plan to attend, do attend our panel.  


    • More SPIN-SWDTP events over the next 12 months; for more information or to suggest an event that is secrecy and/or ignorance related, please email us.  


3) Writing 


    • We are delighted to share 2021 SPIN fellow, James Mansfield‘s publication ‘Ruination is a Form of Time Travel’. In his SPIN blog, James introduces uses of fiction in contemporary art practice, and links these methods to his publication. Read the blog at https://wp.me/pb19Tu-o4


    • SPIN-ster, Pat Deppen has just published a new piece in Tom Dispatch connected to his work documenting the global network of US military bases.


    • SPIN is pleased to share two new undergraduate student essays on ignorance now available on our blog:
      • Ignorance: An Undemocratic Threat from Above, by Nicola Fincham, Politics and International Relations BSc student at University of Bristol, which challenges traditional ideas of education as the key to fighting ignorance.


    • SPIN-sters Dr. Claudia Hillebrand and Dr. Elspeth Van Veeren have new book reviews of recently published books:


4) Welcoming new members  



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