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New Sciences of Protection: Futures, Time, Control and Insecurity

Date: 8-9 May 2008 Time: 2.00 pm 8 May - 4.45pm 9 May

Futures: Time, Control and Insecurity - 8-9 May 2008

Meeting Rooms 2&3, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University

Thursday 8 May, 14.00 - Friday 9 May, 16.15

In this workshop we will explore ways in which the contemporary obsession with insecurity is generating new forms of technical promise, offering control and protection in the wars against terror and environmental apocalypse. What are the ethico-political issues of societies saturated with images of insecure futures? How can contemporary attempts to design safe futures learn from previous modern desires for control and perfection in design? Are the latest obsessions with control and protection moving us into a new ethico-political terrain or are they simply the latest manifestations of modernity's desire for safe life?

Speakers include:

  • Peter Adey (Keele)
  • William Bogard (Whitman College)
  • David Crowley (Royal College of Art)
  • Marieke de Goede (Amsterdam University)
  • Nigel Clark (Open University)
  • Sergio Fava (Lancaster University)
  • James King (artist)
  • Samuel Randalls (University College London)
  • John Urry (Lancaster University)
  • Kathryn Yusoff (University of Exeter)
  • Saul Newman (Goldsmiths University)
  • Chris Groves (Cardiff University)
  • Ben Anderson (Durham University)

The full programme is available at:

This is the sixth workshop in the 2007-08 Annual Research Programme of Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies, The New Sciences of Protection - Designing Safe Living


There is no cost to attend the event, and people can register by emailing Anne-Marie Mumford on their details.

For more information about the content of the workshop, contact Mark ( or Bronislaw Szerszynski (

Event website:


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Mark Lacy, Bronislaw Szerszynski

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Institute for Advanced Studies, Politics and International Relations


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