Security and terror in the age of refugee crisis: imagining European futures after Paris
Giorgos Tsimouris (Panteio University)
Science Site/Chemistry CG91
Start time:
4 July, 2016 at 14:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

The panel invites papers on the aftermath of the Paris attacks on the lives and rights of refugees in Europe. It welcomes anthropological investigations of securitisation, border intensification and the proliferation of states of exception with regards to human rights and refugee protection.

Long abstract:

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 marked a new era. Taking place in one of the world's most important financial centers and, presumably, one of the best-protected areas, they left no doubt that the security of non-military targets and privileged areas and groups of people in the US and elsewhere, has been irrevocably lost. The Paris attacks came as a reminder of this loss of security. The direct reaction of the French president, in the political line of Bush administration after September 2001, was to close the French borders to refugees and to 'retaliate' by striking ISIS's targets. The state or the 'scape' of security has been further deteriorated in the shadow of Paris terror and deaths. In the framework of these events, this panel addresses the following questions: How did these events affect human rights, democracy and the lives of diverse groups of people around the world? What is taken for granted on security issues and what could be the contribution of critical anthropology on this matter? How security state and 'scape' operate for different nation-states, regions and groups of people? What is the impact of the securitization processes on national and supranational borders and states of exception? To what extent hegemonic states of security generate insecurity, policing, terror and control among the less privileged? What is the rationale for the implementation of security commands, how global institutions enforced them and what is their impact on migratory and refugee movements?