Birchall, Dr Clare
Acting Director (2014/15) Institute of North American Studies
Institute of North American Studies
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
King's College London Research Portal - Clare Birchall
Clare Birchall joined the Institute of North American Studies in September 2012. Before arriving at King’s, she taught Cultural Studies at the University of Kent. With a first degree in English from Exeter, Clare went on to study Critical Theory at Sussex.
Clare is the author of Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip (Berg, 2006) and co-editor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (Edinburgh University Press, 2007). She has also edited special issues of the journals Theory, Culture and Society (Dec 2011) and Cultural Studies (Jan 2007). Her most recent research is concerned with the relationship between secrecy and transparency in the digital age. She has given talks and keynote lectures in the UK, the EU and the US on this subject.
Clare is part of a successful ESRC grant to fund a series of research seminars on privacy issues entitled ‘DATA - PSST! Debating and Assessing Transparency Arrangements - Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust’. She will join principal investigator, Dr Vian Bakir, and colleagues from Brunel, Bangor, Sheffield and Aberystwyth to organise and host a 2-year ESRC Seminar Series (2015-16) which will explore, from multi-disciplinary and multi-end user perspectives, how different aspects of transparency, whether state-imposed, commercially-imposed, peer-imposed, or voluntarily entered into, affect questions of privacy, security, surveillance and trust.
Alongside more traditional scholarship, Clare is involved with a number of digital projects. She is one of the editors for the online journal Culture Machine ; an editorial board member and series co-editor for the Open Humanities Press ; and part of the team behind the JISC-funded Living Books about Life series. These books, produced by an international network of humanities and social science scholars, repackage and re-present open access science-related research on topics such as air, bioethics, surveillance and, Clare’s own contribution, invisibility . By creating 21 such ‘living books’ in seven months, the series represents a new model of publishing in a sustainable, low-cost manner. Clare also collaboratively produces a series of online videos entitled Liquid Theory TV. Watch an episode on Gilles Deleuze’s idea of control societies; and an episode on secrecy and transparency .