The anthropology of security

Catarina Frois (ISCTE-IUL)
Nils Zurawski (Universit├Ąt Hamburg)
Mark Maguire (Maynooth University)
C303 (access code C1962)
Start time:
12 July, 2012 at 11:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

In a historical moment marked by uncertainty, this panel calls for theoretical and empirical submissions on the Anthropology of Security and is especially concerned with the ways in which migration in Europe has become the focus of (in)securitization processes.

Long abstract:

For generations of political thinkers, security has been understood as the supreme concept: the most vital of interests, the precondition for liberty, the foundation stone of government, society and civilization itself. Especially since 9-11, applied and academic security studies have mushroomed, often drawing explicit connections to a western intellectual 'heritage'. This field has grown as a consequence of powerful (in)securitization processes and the influence of the multi-billion dollar global security industry. Today, security is everywhere; it is the leitmotif of the contemporary moment. Anthropology has much to say but has not yet found its voice. There have been recent moves in our discipline to delineate an Anthropology of Security. This panel will contribute to these efforts in several ways. We are interested in advancing Social Anthropology's contribution to the study of security by focussing especially on anthropological and ethnographic contributions to the understanding of (in)securitization processes, drawing on recent advances in critical social theory. This panel is calling for submissions based on research on all forms of (in)security in any geographical location. We are especially interested in submissions on migration and European (in)securitization across the range of topics identified in the illustrative list below: - Asylum seekers, refugees, undocumented and other migrants as objects of (in)securitization - Surveillance, CCTV, policing, identification - Borders, international relations, human security - Security policy making and expertise - Governmentality, biopower, the ban-opticon - Security industry and new technologies - Uncertainty, risk, insecurity, and new threats such as bio-security and environmental displacement - Critical anthropological and evolutionary discussions of security