This panel, organized by the EASA Anthropology of Security Network, aims to explore contemporary (in)securitization by focusing on bodies of evidence, how the human body is used as evidence, the experts who construct evidence and the capacities for compassion and empathy in security settings.
The contemporary moment is marked by amplified efforts to make the human body visible, readable and intelligible. Security is an important and troubling nexus of innovation. From biometrics to biosensors and forensics to affective computing, today we see many expert-led 'solutions' to security threats in the near future, all found in the shifting ground between police, counter-terrorism, the military, private corporations; internal and external political security; surveillance, bureaucracy, and new ways of knowing and governing individuals and populations. When studying contemporary security-scapes anthropologists, then, confront bodies of evidence, experts and capacities for compassion and empathy. • Policing - from community-based policing to force, outsourcing and technological transformations • Security as surveillance - from 'big data' to CCTVs, and from digital bodies to governmental knowledge of populations • Experts and evidence - how do security experts recognize, manage and make use of bodies of evidence? • Military knowledge and evidence - in what ways are transformations in the military also transformations in knowledge and evidence • Health, Welfare and security - from social security to evidence in humanitarian governance and the coupling of medical and security reasoning • Forensics - the body constituted as evidence • Tortured Bodies - the body in asylum; truth and the body • Empathy and compassion - questions of ethics in security; the implications of distance in security apparatuses; the capacities that experts and other have for empathy and compassion; the unruly bodies that refuse to be 'evidence' • Intimacy - the body, person and self, its ownership; the mediation of the body