Being curious with secrecy

Clare Louise Stevens, Elspeth Van Veeren, Brian Rappert, Owen Thomas

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This article contributes to ongoing attempts to broaden out theorizations of secrecy from an intentional and willful act of concealment to a cultural and structural process. We do so by fostering a conversation between secrecy and curiosity. This conversation is enabled through a review of central themes in secrecy studies and curiosity studies, but also through an examination of a collaboration between the science center “We the Curious” and a network of academic researchers. In doing so, this article makes a case for the benefits of paying more attention to curiosity as a means of facilitating a multifaceted understanding of secrecy, and for the benefits of creative and participatory research to foster the (re)theorization of secrecy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1078
Number of pages47
JournalSecrecy and Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023


  • action research
  • allure
  • curiosity studies
  • framing
  • ignorance
  • learning
  • public engagement
  • secrecy studies

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