SPIN (Secrecy, Power, & Ignorance Network)


SPIN and the SWDTP are delighted to offer a series of forthcoming panels and workshops on the theme of secrecy and ignorance

SPIN (the Secrecy, Power, and Ignorance research Network) is a collection of academics, artists and practitioners interested in understanding how knowledge is unmade in relation to social, political, and knowledge-making processes across all disciplines, in all areas of life, and across empirical, theoretical and methodological approaches.

Based across the southwest, with members at Bristol, Bath, Bath Spa, Cardiff, Exeter, Portsmouth, and UWE , we are an interdisciplinary group at all stages of career. We’re very keen to work with and support PhD researchers across the SWDTP to develop understandings of and methods associated with studying secrecy and ignorance. Do consider joining us for an event or two, or to find out more, visit our website.


Past Events

Twenty Years of the Global War on Terror: Looking back, looking forward – 8 September 2021

Marking the twentieth anniversary of the Global War on Terror: This SPIN panel brings together a range of experts on the war to reflect on what we now know (and still don’t) about its causes and its legacies.

Covering the war on terror through its military occupations; the rise of new domestic and international surveillance and police powers; the development of new industries, technologies and specialists in terrorism and counter-terrorism (including the rise of special operations’ manhunts and drone warfare); as well as the scandals of extraordinary rendition, Guantanamo and torture, and the challenges of accountability in an age of digital archives and misinformation.