International Conference: Can We Have Some Privacy?
7. / 8. May 2015 | ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
The conference begins with a discussion between Scott Horton and Tom Keenan on the theme Privacy, Secrecy, and Publicity on the evening of Thursday 7 May at 19:30 at ICI Berlin. The discussion is followed by a reception to which all attendants are invited. Scott Horton is an expert on US security services and their development since the end of World War II. Through his internationally acclaimed book Lords of Secrecy, Horton provides us a look into the world of the CIA, an irresponsible elite, whose technological prowess and mindset pose a great threat to democracy. Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elie and America’s Stealth Warfare (2014) is regarded as a guide for new democratic movements. Tom Keenan is Director of the Human Rights Project and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College Annandale, New York. His main areas of expertise are human rights and their violations through modern technologies. His book Mengele’s Skull: The Advent of a Forensic Aesthetics (co-written with Eyal Weizman, 2012) and the accompanying exhibition have received widespread critical acclaim.
The conference continues the following day, beginning at 10:00, with contributions from Ben Wizner (lawyer, American Civil Liberties Union), Kerry Bystrom (Bard College Berlin), Christian Heller (author, Post-Privacy), Huberts Knabe (Scientific Director of the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial), Ewa Majewska (ICI), Anna Kim (author, The Visible Enemy), Roger Berkowitz (Bard College), Alexander García Düttmann (Universität der Künste), Catherine Toal (Bard College Berlin). The full program can be found below.
Thursday May 7
Opening Keynote Panel: Privacy, Secrecy, and Publicity
Friday May 8
10:00-12:00 Panel 1: Is Privacy an Essential Right in a Democracy?
Moderator: Agata Lisiak
14:00-16:00 Panel 2: Is Privacy a Nostalgic Desire, and Have We Always Been Losing Privacy?
Moderator: Ewa Atanassow
16:30-18:30 Panel 3: Does Privacy Matter?
Alexander Garcia Düttmann
Moderator: James Burton
The international conference is a cooperation between Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University, the ICI Berlin, and the Hannah Arendt Center and the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College New York. Further support is provided by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius.
This event was last updated on 08-21-2018