Public seminar: Hacks and spooks: Close encounters of a strange kind

Date: Wednesday 15th January 2014

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Place: The Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln (map)

This is part of our free, monthly public seminar series. Everyone is welcome. Come along to find out more about the Social Science Centre.

The links between intelligence and journalists – and their increasing importance particularly since the 1980s – remain largely hidden despite the massive recent coverage given to the revelations by WikiLeaks and former CIA analyst Edward Snowden. This talk will examine how the secret state operates alongside the so-called democratic state. And it will explore ways in which whistleblowers, mainstream corporate journalists and ‘independent investigative’ reporters relate to the secret state. Given the epistemological complexities involved the talk will end with no firm conclusions – just a series of questions…


Richard Lance Keeble has been Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln since 2003. Before that he was the executive editor of the Teacher, the weekly newspaper of the National Union of Teachers and he lectured at City University London, for 19 years. He has written and edited 26 publications and has lectured in many countries including Australia, Belgium, Bosnia, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, India, Israel, Malta, Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, US. From October 2014 he is to be Visiting Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia – initially for three months.

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