The official conference report on our 2009 public event, Identifying the Person: Past, Present and Future (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, 26-27 September 2009), has just been published in the Spring 2010 issue of the History Workshop Journal. The report was prepared by postdoctoral participants Gayle Lonergan and Julia Laite, and the network facilitator James Brown. The issue also features an article on the identification of British citizens in the interwar period by IdentiNet lead investigator Edward Higgs. A pdf of the report can be accessed via this free-access link.
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Tags: CCTV, Civil Liberties, Public Space, Surveillance, technology
A study day on ‘Surveillance and the Street’ will take place at the University of Bath on 19 March 2010. Organized under the auspices of ‘Street Life and Street Culture: Between Early Modern Europe and the Present’, which is funded by the AHRC as part of the Beyond Text initiative, the study day will consider themes relating to surveillance and technology as they impinge upon and inform the public space of the street. For participants and programme information, see the study day flyer (pdf). Those wishing to participate should e-mail Claire Hogg (C.Hogg@bath.ac.uk) by 8 March.
Tags: CCTV, Civil Liberties, Corporate, Surveillance, technology
A workshop on ‘The Political Economy of Surveillance’, jointly organized by The New Transparency Major Collaborative Research Initiative and the Living in Surveillance Societies COST action, is currently seeking papers. The workshop, which will be held at the Open University Business School (Milton Keynes) on 9-12 September 2010, will explore the dynamics of the international surveillance industry, and abstracts are encouraged to address a wide range of topics relating the nature and extent of the surveillance industry and its relationship to the private and public sectors, the military, technological developments, and regulatory bodies. The deadline for the submission of 500-word proposals is 30 April 2010; for further details and submission instructions, see the websites of the organizing projects.
David Barnard-Wills, a delegate at our 2009 public conference (Identifying the Person: Past, Present, and Future), has written a wonderfully detailed unofficial report on the event, which is available in two parts on his impressive ‘Surveillance and Identity’ research blog (Part 1, Part 2). Dr Barnard-Wills is currently a Research Fellow at Cranfield University’s Department of Informatics and Sensors. The official conference report is scheduled to appear in the Spring 2010 issue of History Workshop Journal.
Tags: Britain, Empire, Europe, Globalisation, Migration, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century
A one-day workshop on ‘Immigration and National Identity in British History: Europe, Empire, and Commonwealth’ will take place in the Dahrendorf Room of St Antony’s College, Oxford from 10am–5pm on Monday 18 January 2010. Sponsored by the Slavic Research Centre of Hokkaido University in Japan, in association with St Antony’s College, the workshop will feature six papers on experiences of migration and identity in British imperial and colonial contexts, and will conclude with a general discussion. There is no charge for attending the workshop (delegates can purchase their own lunch from the St Antony’s dining hall), but if you wish to attend – and for full programme details – please contact the organizer on hiromi.mizokami(at)sant.ox.ac.uk. Picture: Flickr/Northampton Museum (CC).
Tags: DNA Databases, Genetics, Imposture
The Identity Project, a nine-month season of activity from the Wellcome Trust, is currently underway in London and elsewhere. The Trust supports a large amount of research into genetics (including the Human Genome Project), and the season is intended to explore ‘scientific and social perspectives of identity – historic and contemporary – to encourage debate and discussion and to ask how well we will ever be able to know ourselves’. The season includes an exhibition entitled Identity: Eight Rooms, Nine Lives, as well as several other events throughout the UK, including a workshop on 23 January 2010 on Secret Lives, which will feature a contribution from IdentiNet lead investigator Professor Edward Higgs (University of Essex). For further details, see The Identity Project website.
Tags: Biometrics, Biopolitics, Genetics, Globalisation, Security
Papers are invited for a graduate student conference on Biopolitics Across Borders: Ideas and Practices, to be held at Columbia University on 9 April 2010. The conference will explore the ideas and practices of biopolitics on a transnational scale, the contribution of managing human life to international conflict and cooperation, and the challenges to transnational biopolitics as they have manifested at an individual and community level. Proposals with a historical dimension are particularly welcome; for further information and submission guidelines, see the conference flyer (pdf).
Tags: Crime, Fingerprinting, Forensics, Legal Frameworks, Medicine, Policing
A one-day workshop to be held at Oxford Brookes University on Friday 4 December 2009 will explore ‘Legal Medicine and Expertise in History’. According to the organizers, ‘[T]he workshop is designed to facilitate intellectual exchange and debate between academics working on the history of forensic medicine, by bringing together scholars who study the subject in a variety of national contexts and across a broad period of time. It will engage with two central themes: the character and role of forensic medicine in Europe since the medieval period; and the relationship between medicine, the law and wider society as illuminated by the notion of ‘expertise’’. It promises to be rich in identification angles; for further details, including speaker information, full programme and abstracts, see the workshop webpage. Picture: Flickr (CC)
Tags: Biometrics, Civil Liberties, Globalisation, ID Cards, Identity Theft, Legal Frameworks, Policy, Privacy, Security, Surveillance, technology, Twentieth Century
The third Identity in the Information Society Workshop (IDIS10), to be held in Rome on 26-28 May 2010, has just issued its call for papers on the theme of ‘Identity and Organizations’ (public or private, local or global, formal or informal). Topics might include, but are not limited to: new identity technologies; emerging practices enabled by identification processes; changing notions of identity; information and identity risks; surveillance and privacy issues; and regulatory and legal implications. The deadline for the receipt of full papers (4,000-6,000 words) is 10 December 2009; for further information and submission guidelines visit the workshop website.
Our 2009 meeting took place from Friday 25 – Sunday 27 September 2009 at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. Under the rubric of Identifying the Person: Past, Present, and Future, a closed Network workshop at the European Studies Centre was followed by a public conference at the College, which showcased the research of our multidisciplinary international team and several other invited participants. The event attracted some media interest, while a detailed conference report is currently in development. In the meantime, for full programmes and downloadable abstracts, see the workshop and conference webpages.