Network Update

Please note that the Leverhulme-funded phase of Network activities has now been completed. IdentiNet continues as an informal association, while a Network publication as well as plans for a second phase of funding and events organised around a fresh set of themes beginning in early 2011 are currently being pursued. This page, as well as our online bibliographies, will still be maintained (updates, which can be tracked with our RSS Feed, continue as normal below). If you would like to suggest items for inclusion, or wish to become involved in the next stage of our activities, please Contact Us.

Special Issue: Fichage et Listing

The latest issue of the journal Cultures & Conflits (76) has just been published. Edited by IdentiNet participants Dider Bigo and Pierre Piazza, and featuring a contribution from IdentiNet participant Ilsen About, the issue explores ‘Fichage et Listing’, and contains French-language articles on the transnational traffic in personal data, the control of mobility, and the challenges of achieving a balance between public safety and civil liberties. Abstracts (free) and articles can be accessed online via the journal website.

2009 Conference: Report Published

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.

Projet Bertillon Launches

Projet Bertillon has recently launched. Coordinated by IdentiNet participants Ilsen About and Pierre Piazza, and hosted by Criminocorpus, this valuable online resource offers a comprehensive overview of the life and work of Alphonse Bertillon (1853-1914), a pioneer of forensic identification methods at the Paris Prefecture de Police whose criminological expertise ranged from mug shots, anthropometry, and dactyloscopy through file management and the analysis of crime scenes. The site, which is available in both English and French, contains innovative online galleries of Bertillon-related imagery as well as academic resources such as biographies, bibliographies, and links, and is also inviting the submission of new articles on Bertillon for online publication in 2011. For further information, please visit Projet Bertillon.

Study Day: Surveillance and the Street

Flickr/TedRheingold (CC)

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.

CFP: The Political Economy of Surveillance

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.

CCTV Takes to the Skies

'Guardian Spirit of the Waters', by Odilon Redon (1878). Wikimedia Commons.

The Guardian and The Telegraph newspapers ran stories this weekend reporting that UK police are planning to use unmanned ‘spy drones’, originally developed for surveillance in military contexts, to monitor antisocial motorists, protesters, agricultural thieves, and fly-tippers. According to the reports, an arms manufacturer is currently developing the so-called Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – capable of taking high-resolution images from heights of up to 20,000ft – for civilian deployment, and that the drones could be in use by local forces in time for the London Olympics in 2012. For the full reports, see here (Guardian [includes video and comments]) and here (Telegraph).


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