1st Global Conference: Spies, Spying and Forgeries

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Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net

1st Global Conference: Spies, Spying and Forgeries

Thursday 17th July – Saturday 19th July 2014
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:
Proposals are sought for special streams of the Deception conference, on the themes of spies, spying and forgeries. The Deception conference will address artefacts and practices that challenge truthfulness, authenticity or reliability. Deception is practised in many forms and affects societies and individuals. This conference invites delegates to explore how deception is manifested in their discipline, or how multi-disciplinary notions of deception affect their field.

This special stream will address issues related to espionage and clandestine acts of deception. We invite participants to discuss examples from fact and fiction, contemporary and historical. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

● Disguises, aliases and identity theft,
● Fictional spies (in literature, film and television),
● Government, private, and industrial espionage,
● The ethics of espionage,
● Espionage toolkits, technologies and paraphernalia,
● Decoys, distractions and diversions
● Forged documents and manipulated photographs.

Possible examples could include fictional spies such as James Bond or Jason Bourne, famous spies such as Mata Hari or The Cambridge Five. Alternative subjects may include those who operate undercover for personal, professional or political gain, such as identity fraudster, Frank Abagnale, fictional fraudsters such as Patricia Highsmith's 'Talented Mr. Ripley', or as in recent reality televisions shows 'Undercover Boss' and 'The Secret Millionaire'. This is, of course closely tied into the subject of governmental surveillance and national versus individual security, as highlighted by the recent case of Edward Snowden. we also invite discussion of the social, cultural and psychological issues that arise as a result of such deceptions, covering notions of self in fictional or appropriated alternative identities, and the ethics of espionage, masquerade and deception.

These discussions extend to deceptive objects and artefacts of deception: faked and manipulated images and videos, such as the removal of Jang Song-thaek from North Korean documentaries in anticipation of Kim Jon-un's purge of North Korean officials; attempts to uncover forgeries, such as efforts to disprove the authenticity of photographs of the Cottingley Fairies, or the BBC series 'Fake of Fortune?'; counterfeit fashions and designer goods. We also invite exploration of the 'legitimate fakes' of forgers including Han van Meegeren and Shaun Greenhalgh.

The Steering Group invites proposals for pre-formed panels, as well as individual presentations.

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Deception and Childhood and Videogame Cultures.

What to Send:
Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word a proposals should be submitted by Friday 11th April 2014. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 16th May 2014. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Deception 1 Proposal Submission.

All abstracts will be at least double blind peer reviewed. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Barbara Brownie: b.k.1.brownie@herts.ac.uk
Rob Fisher: decep1@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Violence series of ongoing research and publications projects conferences, run within the Probing the Boundaries domain which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation

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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.