Lewis Bush, SPIN Research Fellow 2023, investigates the connection between onshore and offshore tax systems in the relationship between the Bailiwick of Jersey, and the City of London.
SPINster Nat Jester examines the Twitter feeds of three large US arms manufacturers: Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. She argues that productive tensions of exposure (knowing) and revelation (societal acknowledgement) engender militarisation within arms manufacturers’ Twitter feeds.
A photographic essay, commissioned by SPIN and the Martin Parr Foundation on the HS2 protests.
Secrecy and the politics of selective disclosure
In this series of animated videos, Harvey Dryer, current Politics BSc student at the University of Bristol, critically engages with different ideologies and events associated with conspiracy theories.
Why don't we have one medical record? When you visit your doctor, why can't they look at a screen and see the full history of medical interventions that make up your past medical history?
Reflecting on the 10-year anniversary of the 2011 English ‘riots’, this ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship asks how different forms of ignorance enabled and legitimised the state’s swift and startlingly punitive social penal and social policy reactions to the unrest, which disproportionately targeted young people from minoritised and marginalised backgrounds.
A lexicon of secrecy and ignorance concepts and public engagement activities used to explore issues around secrecy, power and ignorance aimed at supporting researchers and the public to build a better understanding of how these concepts and knowledge unmaking impact our day to day lives.
Lisa Stampnitzky's current book project, How Torture Became Speakable, aims to explain the puzzle of why the post-9/11 war on terror has been characterized by the open justification of practices that violate human rights norms, such as torture and assassination.
In consideration of the characterization of emboldened social movements throughout President Trump's tenure in office, this project is investigating the semiotic relation of white supremacist/nationalist actors, and the relation that "regular" white society has to these movement politics.
Our project investigates the communication practices of an intelligence agency to consider what is revealed and what is hidden through a critical interrogation of the CIA's tweets and audience responses to them, to ultimately consider practices of legitimacy, authority, and power in the digital age.
This project undertakes a speculative investigation of a number of sites in rural Scotland, from a ruined abbey to a restricted military training area, to create a short publication documenting the research, alongside a critical text which considers the potential of 'fictioning the landscape'.
Comparative research has largely overlooked the role of secrecy in the effective functioning of power-sharing government. This project accounts for the nature and practice of secrecy in the contemporary politics of Northern Ireland and assesses elite attitudes towards the functional necessity of ‘opaqueness’ in a consociational democracy.
This project considers the possibilities for action associated with concealment, revelation, and deception through examining how they figure into entertainment magic.
This research project is considering how hidden, subterranean spaces, such as tunnels, are products and artefacts of specific social relations. Subterranean spaces are not just the domain of essential urban infrastructure, but vital conduits for resistant actors who wish to hide from expressions of state authority.
This project navigates and critically analyses the production of Alt-Right/far-right/neo-fascist subjects in online cultural spaces of humour, popular culture and conspiracy. It aims to understand how the online as a particular and novel space of political and cultural activity has become an integral part of processes of far-right knowledge production as well as subject production.
This ESRC New Investigators-funded project examines the relationship between sound, secrecy and state-making over the last century. The project focuses on numbers stations: shortwave radio broadcasts used to send coded messages to spies abroad.
My research looks at secrecy in terms of British intelligence’s war against the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) between 1969 and 1998 in Northern Ireland. In my forthcoming book with Cambridge University press entitled The Intelligence War Against the IRA (2019), I argue against existing literature by suggesting that the IRA was not forced into peace by British intelligence.
This photographic commission explores the relationship between secrecy and ignorance. With support from SPIN, the Martin Parr Foundation, and Rising Arts Agency, this photographic series seeks to explore: what secrecy mean to individuals; who keeps secrets; what is ignorance; and, how might secrecy and ignorance be interconnected?
My work focuses on the sociology of sexuality. Focusing particularly on liminal identities including plurisexuality, bisexuality, pansexuality, and non binary gender identities, I explore how people show/hide their sexual and gender identity based on the communities around them and the perceived levels of acceptance.
This project incorporates writing, art, and social-political events to ‘trace’ notions of secrecy, structural change, and erasure. This involves crossing disciplines of writing and analysis with ways of creatively working through approaches including drawing, installation, the Web, and performance.
Lesbian feminist organizing has played a significant role in women’s peacebuilding work, including in anti-war and abolitionist organizing. This project considers how queer people, especially women, in peace and security work continue to remain invisible even in work to promote a gender perspective in peace and security spaces.
Through this project, I am attempting to rethink some of the findings from my research into the governance and treatment of maritime stowaways in global shipping through themes of secrecy, rumour and ignorance.
My research raises questions about the porous boundaries between ‘open’ and ‘closed’ (secret) sources, and the conditions in which increased transparency supports global efforts to strengthen human security.
Rival actors of transgressors and enforcers in the organisation of heroin trafficking across the maritime space in the Indian Ocean generate their own tactical knowledge to outmanoeuvre each other.
This project explores how hunting is now the structuring metaphor of post-9/11 security.
This project presents a new concept for making sense of secrecy and its power. Re-reading and re-working the well-known concept of the panopticon and the practices and power of surveillance, the Arcanum offers a way to understand the layered compositions of secrecy as encompassing a series of interlocking practices.
The realm of intelligence provides an important space to examine openness and secrecy in a democratic context. I am particularly interested in how transnational intelligence cooperation and counter-terrorism interact with practices of secrecy, accountability and oversight.