Security on the move: mobility and experimentation [Anthropology of security]
Tessa Diphoorn (Utrecht University)
Mark Maguire (Maynooth University)
Nils Zurawski (Universit├Ąt Hamburg)
Erella Grassiani (University of Amsterdam)
Tuesday 14 August, 13:15-15:00 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

This panel focuses on the 'security' around mobility and movement. It aims to uncover how the governance of security is shaped by divergent processes of both stasis and movement, but also how dimensions of security determine the mobility and movement of people, knowledge, and objects.

Long abstract:

The anthropology of security is becoming a growing sub-discipline, with increasing focus on how security - in its broadest form - is produced and contested in everyday lives across localities. For this panel, we invite papers that specifically focus on the dialectic between security and (im)mobility. While most work on security in relation to mobility concerns how security measures restrict movement, for example at borders with the help of fences, regulations, and cameras, we want to take a wider approach by also including how movement itself is secured. Combined, we aim to further understand how the movement of people, objects and ideas, is secured, but also how ideas and practices of security moves around globally.

Topics for contributions can include, but are not restricted to:

1. The mobility of security ideas, technologies, expertise, people, and objects (such as CCTV cameras, consultants, and policing models).

2. Securing the movement of people, both on a larger scale (policy designed to limit migration) and on an individual scale (the work of bodyguards and bouncers).

3. The security of sites and objects that are defined by movement, such as planes/airports, trains/train stations, ships/ports, etc.

4. Security discourses constructed around the movement of people and objects.

5. Securing 'moving people', such as the security details of tourists in 'dangerous' places.

6. Materiality and infrastructure dimensions of security and how these enable or restrict mobility, i.e. how mobility is actively steered and spatialized.