WikiLeaks forum to discuss questions of security and international relations

An upcoming forum, “WikiLeaks and the Politics of Exposure: Militaries, States and the Public Realm”, will look at the phenomena of WikiLeaks, including questions related to security, international relations, and public versus private space.

The event will take place April 27, from 7 to 9pm, in the Rosedale Room of the Marriot Bloor-Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor St. E., Toronto. Everyone is welcome to attend. It is sponsored by the York Centre for International Security Studies and the Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security at York.

The forum will feature analyst, author and educator Daryl Copeland, York law Professor Craig Scott of Osgoode Hall Law School and director of the Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security and Dutch and Australian media theorist and innovative philosopher Geert Lovink. York political science Professor Robert Latham, director of the Centre for International & Security Studies, will be the forum’s moderator.

Lovink is a research professor of Interactive Media at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, a professor of new media at the University of Amsterdam and is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam.

ScottBefore joining Osgoode, Scott was the Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in 2000 and a professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, from 1989-2000. Scott is currently a commissioner on the civil-society Comisión de Verdad (Truth Commission) in Honduras in the context of which information sourced from WikiLeaks plays a significant role. He is also convening editor of the quarterly journal Transnational Legal Theory and series editor of the Hart Monographs in Transnational and International Law. He was named a 2010 Ikerbasque: Basque Foundation for Science Visiting Fellow and is an editor of Torture as Tort: Comparative Perspectives on the Development of Transnational Human Rights Litigation (Hart Publishing, 2001).

Latham’sLatham’s research is focused on technologies of border surveillance; critical theories of sovereignty, global governance and migration; international communication; the politics of knowledge and large-scale monitoring systems. He is the author of Bombs and Bandwidth: The Emerging Relationship Between Information Technology and Security (New Press, 2003) and co-editor of Digital Formations: IT and New Architectures in the Global Realm (Princeton University Press, 2005) and Intervention and Transnationalism in Africa: Global-Local Networks of Power (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

CopelandCopeland is an adjunct professor and Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, who specializes in foreign policy, global issues, diplomacy and public management. He is the author of Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009). From 1981 to 2009, Copeland served as a Canadian diplomat with postings in Thailand, Ethiopia, New Zealand and Malaysia. During the 1980s and 1990s, he was elected five times to the executive committee of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers. From 1996-1999 he was national program director of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs in Toronto and editor of Behind the Headlines, then Canada’s international affairs magazine. In 2000, he received the Canadian Foreign Service Officer Award.

For more information, visit the York Centre for International & Security Studies website.