A day of events at the University of Edinburgh, exploring the diverse forms of secrecy that shape the modern world.
Saturday 23 May, 1.00-5.00pm, in the Project Room, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh.
1.00-2.00pm: Secret Actors: The Stasi at the Theatre
Some of the longest-running performances in East Germany’s theatres took place behind the scenes, played by informants working for the secret police. Dr Laura Bradley uses new material from the Stasi files to explore the roles played by undercover informants, their identities and motivations, and officers’ often frank assessments of their activity. How much did the Stasi really know about East German theatre, and what could informants do if they no longer wanted to play their allotted parts?
2.15-3.30pm: Secrecy in the Modern World
Secrecy and Anonymity in the Digital Age
As more of our lives are lived online, computing power, big data and broad data appear to have laid our actions, beliefs and relationships permanently open to inspection, via their digital traces. So is anonymity dead, or can technologies like Tor and Bitcoin help us carve out territory free from observation?
Followed by The Uses of Secrecy
4.00-5.00pm: Spy Fiction after the Cold War: Charles Cumming in conversation with Daniel Pembrey.
Events are free but ticketed, and are available via Eventbrite.
Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities