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Apr 18 Hosted by: Andrew Neal # CeSeR; Hosted by: Penny Fielding # Spy Week; Hosted by: Simon Cooke # Spy Week Conspiracy: CeSeR annual conference 09:00 (12 hours) Screening Room, 50 George Square
a multi-disciplinary one-day conference
Wednesday 18 April, University of Edinburgh
Part of Spy Week 2018
Nearly 200 years after the Cato Street ‘conspirators’ planned to murder the British Prime Minister, the concept of conspiracy has spread from single plots to a heterogeneous phenomenon that touches on government, medicine, climate change, finance, information technology and much else. The cultural and political agency of conspiracy has been much debated. Are conspiracies a paranoid delusion, a comforting belief that the truth is ‘out there’ if we persist in looking for it, or are they a necessary resistance to a globalised world that excludes most people from power?
Mark Laity, Director of Communications at SHAPE, NATO’s Military Headquarters
Title: 'Spooked - spy stories and the loss of trust"
The conference will address questions including but not limited to:
Confirmed speakers include:
This conference takes place all day Wednesday 18 April during the University of Edinburgh’s Spy Week—an annual series of public events on espionage in fiction, film, politics and history.
We invite abstracts (title + 200 words) for paper presentations from the fields of politics, international relations, literature, history, psychology, area studies, or other relevant fields. Non-presenting participants are also welcome (spaces should be booked via Eventbrite)
Deadline for abstracts: Friday 9 February, to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance is free. We will provide buffet lunch for conference attendees and dinner for paper givers. The conference will conclude with a public keynote lecture from Mark Laity as part of Spy Week.
We are also pleased to be able to offer four funded places of up to £200 for travel and accommodation for student paper givers who are members of the British International Studies Association, thanks to sponsorship from the BISA Poststructural Politics Working Group.
Andrew Neal, Centre for Security Research, Politics and International Relations
Simon Cooke, Department of English Literature
Penny Fielding, Department of English Literature