Please join us for Secrecy and Ignorance: SPIN Colloquium 2022, co-hosted with the South West Doctoral Training Partnership.
What does it mean to study knowledge, information, interpretations and memory-making from the position of absence, gaps, limitations and un-doing? While the general underlying assumption within social sciences, and indeed sciences more broadly, is to consider information and knowledge to be cumulative, and often universal and objective, developments across multiple disciplines, sub-disciplines and approaches, including the politics of knowledge, the sociology of scientific knowledge, education, intelligence studies, subaltern studies and feminist scholarship, secrecy studies, and ignorance studies, to name only a few, have sought to challenge these assumptions explore the more complex understanding of how knowledge and information is generated, flows and is erased in more uneven ways, especially in relation to unequal distributions of power.
In short, we seek to explore and discuss:
This colloquium therefore brings together scholars from across disciplines to share their thoughts and research on how and why knowledge is un-made. Together, we will hear different disciplinary perspectives on key concepts, ideas and challenges of working ‘against the grain’ in relation to knowledge and information.
Provisional programme themes include:
The format for each session will be roundtable discussions with no expectation of formal presentations (though we will have facilities for this should participants prefer that option). Instead, panellists will be encouraged to prepare an informal 5 minute overview on their thoughts on key ideas, concepts and cases related to their research and/or discipline. Once an initial overview is offered, a facilitated discussion will then take place, including questions and involvement of the wider colloquium. Participants are encouraged to join more than one panel in the hope that the conversation will flow and develop over the course of the day. Early career researchers and postgraduate researchers are warmly welcome to attend.
In-person but with a hybrid option, the event will be well catered with time for networking and socialising.
To attend, please email us at SPIN: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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