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How can we re/conceptualize war(s) as a prism to understand the reconfigurations of the economic and political fields and their interrelations in and beyond Europe? In this panel, we explore the dialogical relation between warfare and economic and political fields during war and peace.
The end of Cold War marked the emergence of a new mode of warfare, which resists geographical confinement of wars and their spill-out effects. This panel invites reflection on the intricate ways through which war(s) as a symbolic reference and a restructuring force in global economy infiltrate and re/shape the social and economic organization of societies in and beyond Europe. The transnational and "flexible" character of current warfare forces us to reflect on various simultaneous developments. We observe that "shadow networks" and transnational governance of warfare bring together states and non-state actors from different scales, thus blur the boundaries between formal/informal, legal/illegal, national/international. "War on terrorism" and attendant discourses on securitization has re/defined the contours of the desired political subjects (citizens, migrants, refugees) in and out-side war zones. Emergency-governance, which used to be a defining element of war governmentality has gradually legitimized itself on the basis of efficient policy-making at global scale. The strategies to grapple with "complex emergencies" created by war increasingly draw on neoliberal governmentalities, as securitization of aid fosters a market-based humanitarianism. War(s) have become symbolic references in the construction of local empowerment discourses or invisible locomotive sectors in urban/regional economies that reshuffle local power relations.
Panelists might address the following themes:
- Transnational economies of war (actors, agencies and networks)
- Remittances to war zones and Diaspora
- Narratives on war and political subjects
- Alternate vocabularies/perspectives for understanding practices and contradictions of accumulation, and intersecting dispossessions created by war