Post Snowden Transparency Arrangements: ‘The Veillance Panoptic Assemblage and Emotiveillance’
Professor Vian Bakir and Dr Andrew McStay, Bangor University
Following on from the successful Economic and Social Research Council funded seminar series DATA-PSST Debating and Assessing Transparency Arrangements – Privacy, Security Sur / Sousveillance and Trust. Bakir and McStay the principle and co-investigator of the project will present some of the insights gathered based upon the policy recommendations which were made over the course of the 6 seminars across the country. These have evolved and has now led to a spin off art project to further public awareness of these themes in the post-Snowden age.
These themes link into the research interests of our 2 guest speakers, with Bakir focusing on the role of sousveillance and how this can change official narratives whilst McStay focuses upon how emotions are now a key area which multiple actors focus upon. This occurs through what he terms emotiveillant technologies.
All are welcome to what will be a thoroughly thought-provoking talk on Monday, 8th April at 6pm in the Inter Pol Main Hall.
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The Wrath of Mahan: Space Warfare in the Cosmic Coastline
Modern military forces rely on space systems to provide communications and precision‐strike capabilities. Dr. Bleddyn Bowen, from the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London, asks ‘How is it best to think about the role of space-power in grand strategy? What are the universal consequences of the spread of space-power on Earth?’
He argues that answering these questions requires viewing the Earth’s orbit as a cosmic coastline. This ‘coastal’ space-power theory, which draws upon continental sea power theory, explains the less spectacular – yet defining – feature of space-power as one which is a supporting and enabling infrastructure. Furthermore, the theory helps critique the prevalence of the ‘Space Pearl Harbour’ fears pervading Sino‐US space security analysis through understanding the influence of space-power upon Earth as a dispersing effect.
Please join us for what will be a fascinating talk by Dr Bleddyn Bowen, now a Lecturer at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London, which is based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, UK Defence Academy. Previously, Dr Bowen was a Teaching Fellow at Interpol in Aberystwyth, where he also completed an ERSC-funded PhD entitled Spacepower and Space Warfare: The Continuation of Terran Politics by Other Means. Whilst at Aberystwyth, he was a integral member of the SRG so we are delighted to welcome him back for this talk. It will take place on Monday, 3rd April at 6pm in the Main Hall of the International Politics Department.
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You are all warmly invited to the SRG’s second internal staff presentation of the semester. Dr. Warren Dockter will be presenting upon ‘Wilfrid Scawen Blunt and British Imperialism in the Middle East: A Political-Historical Re-Evaluation’. The talk will be inherently inter-disciplinary and all are welcome to attend what will be a fascinating discussion.
The English poet and writer Wilfrid Scawen Blunt is often cast as an “anti-Kipling”, representing a voice of dissent to British Imperial policies in his poems and travel literature. Despite Blunt’s social influence with British policy makers and early Arab nationalists, studies of his influence have remained confined to the literary world. Consequently, examinations of Blunt’s work have significantly overlooked his role as an intellectual bridge between liberal Arab thinkers and the British imperial policy making elite. However, given the current geopolitical environment of the ‘Arab Spring’, the ‘War on Terror’, and the rise of ‘ISIS’,a re-evaluation of Blunt’s influence and ideas on British imperial policy in the Middle East is required. Ultimately, the paper will illustrate that Blunt’s anti imperial ideas were co-opted and used for British imperial aims in the Middle East.
Please join us in the West Room, InterPol Building, on Tuesday, 14th March at 4:10 for what is sure to be a fascinating discussion.
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A very belated Happy New Year to everyone and a welcome back to all students back for their second semester this academic year! Despite getting off to a slow start last semester, the SRG has a number of exciting events planned for the upcoming semester. These will begin in 2 weeks time – on the 14th February with a Current Events Seminar. More information about the subject and the location of the seminar will be published in the next week.
We also have a number of speakers lined up for the semester, both from within the Department and from further afield. All of our events will be stimulating and allow any students who wish to attend to be part of the research environment within the Department. For anymore information about the upcoming events, contact Abigail Blyth – email@example.com
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Thank you to everyone who attended today’s presentation by Neil Waghorn about the use of civilian drones. Below are the details of our next event which we are already looking forward to!
Following the decision taken by British voters on 23rd June 2016 to leave the European Union, rhetoric surrounding the landmark decision has focused upon what this means for the future of the UK. Discussion has centred upon themes such as: Article 50 negotiations, trade, immigration and security. However, the ramifications of Brexit for Europe is equally important but has not received the attention it undeniably deserves. This includes questions such as how will Europol continue to operate, the potential negative implications on intelligence sharing, the possibility of other states holding similar referendums and the ongoing migration crisis affecting countries throughout Europe and further afield.
The SRG’s first current events seminar of the academic year will seek to discuss this very theme – What does Brexit mean for Security in Europe? All are welcome to attend what will be a fascinating discussion on the security implications for Europe which will cover, but is not limited to themes such as:
o The effect upon intelligence sharing and cooperation
o Implications for Europe’s Common Security and Defence Policy
o Monitoring the continuing migrant crisis via Frontex
Additional reading is not required however if you would like to learn more on any of the themes which may be discussed, here are some articles which may be of interest:
We look forward to welcoming you all to the first Current Events Seminar of the year, on Wednesday, 26th October, 1.00 – 2.30pm in the Steve Critcher Room.
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We are pleased to tell you about the first SRG event of the 2016-2017 academic year. On Tuesday, 18th October Neil Waghorn – a third year PhD student from the Geography department will present on Securing the Skies: The Threat of the Drone and Counter-Measures. The talk will take place from 11 – 12 in the South Room in the International Politics Building.
The talk will examine how the explosion in the number of civilian drones has multiple affects, some positive such as potentially revolutionising industry and others negative such as terrorism. Therefore, the talk explores the potential threats posed by drones and examines the current regulatory, electronic and physical counter-measures and their limitations.
When: 11-12 18th October
Where: South Room, International Politics
All welcome and we look forward to seeing you for what will be a fascinating talk!
With the start of the new academic year upon us, the SRG is busy planning some exciting events for the upcoming semester which we hope to see both familiar and new faces at. To all those students who are new to Aberystwyth, studying at any level, welcome to Aberystwyth and we hope that you will be interested in attending some of the events which the Security Research Group is planning such as external speakers and the popular current events seminars.
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The Security Research Group is starting the new semester with an exciting talk given by Dr Philippe Frowd from the University of York entitled Borderwork and the politics of security in West Africa on Tuesday, 12th April at 6.00pm in Hugh Owen C22.
This presentation is based upon empirical research undertaken as part of Dr Frowd’s PhD in Mauritania and Senegal. Dr Frowd will be discussing this research in conjunction with a new theoretical framework which he is working on for his upcoming book on the subject of his PhD.
We hope to see you all there for what will be a very fascinating talk!
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