Very pleased to be giving a paper with Anne Marggraf-Turley on Romanticism and total surveillance at the 29th Chaos Computer Club annual congress (29C3), moving this year from Berlin to Hamburg due to reasons of space. The conference theme is "Not My Department", a reference to the wonderful song by Tom Lehrer about German WWII rocket scientist "Wernher von Braun", who worked on the US space programme: "Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down/ That's not my department, says Wernher von Braun". The 29C3 conference paper includes a keynote by Jacob Appelbaum, mentioned in "Melting the Wax" on this blog (January 2012). Appelbaum is one of the co-authors with Julian Assange of Cypherpunks (2012), and featured in a two-part television discussion about the history and politics of hacking on The Julian Assange Show, controversially broadcast on Russia Today earlier this year.
Our talk at 29C3, which will be live-streamed, examines the formation in the Romantic period of the imaginative structures that helped to shape the ideology of mass surveillance culture as we know it, and live with it, today. We explore how some of the most potent forms of resilience to that culture also emerged in the Romantic period. Here's our abstract. See you there!
The Times Literary Supplement has just printed a new version of the Keats work I co-authored with Jayne Archer and Howard Thomas in March that updates and extends the original research (TLS, 7 Dec 2012). We're very proud to be in the issue, which includes a lead review by Jonathan Bate of four recent biographies of Keats.