|4 Feb 2011 - 5 Feb 2011||All day||CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge|
This renewed interest has coincided with the centenary of British intelligence services, and has been well served by the flourishing field of intelligence history. Yet the relation of this new, clandestine world to art has remained relatively under-examined. From the spy novels of the First World War to the CIA’s secret funding of art exhibitions and Encounter magazine in the 1950s, visual art, film and literature have acted in complicity with, as well as in resistance to, the aims of secret state action. This conference – which will take place in the centenary year of the 1911 Official Secrets Act – hopes to investigate the terms on which art and intelligence meet, and the cultural ramifications of that interaction. We invite twenty-minute papers from researchers in the fields of intelligence history, art history, film studies, geography, sociology and English and European literatures.
Topics of discussion will include, but are not limited to:
– Restricted Spaces
– Cultural Complicity and Manipulation
– The Visual Culture of the Secret Services
– Berlin: Intelligence East and West
– Spy Fever and Public Paranoia
Accommodation for non-paper giving participants
Conference participants can find information about accommodation in Cambridge at the following URLs:
NB. CRASSH is not able to help with the booking of accommodation.
Administrative assistance: Helga Brandt (Conference Programme Manager, CRASSH)