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Transforming Securit(ies): Changing Societal Logics, Structures, and Practices of Security [Anthropology of Security Network] 
Tessa Diphoorn (Utrecht University)
Erella Grassiani (University of Amsterdam)
Zoha Waseem (University of Warwick)
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Main Site Tower (MST), 03/004
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel brings together analyses of different transformative processes of security and calls to change how our societies are policed. Such analyses are crucial to better understand how security and policing are employed and conceptualised, both theoretically and empirically.

Long Abstract:

Across the globe we are witnessing a growth in calls to transform our entire premise and understanding of security within our societies. In the aftermath of highly publicised police atrocities, we have seen protests around the world (e.g., Black Lives Matter and EndSARS), that are calling for a fundamental change in the way societies are policed and securitized. Abolitionist movements, that seek to transform policing and security in its entirety, are expanding and forcing us to re-think what policing is. How are these different abolitionist and reformist calls defined and how do they take shape? What do such calls entail for our premise and approach to security and what role do certain materialities, such as arms and punitive technologies, play in such conceptualisations? How can we transform institutionalised structures of security that determine logics and practices that are harmful to many? What new vocabularies are produced within such transformative calls and how are they infused with notions of hope and prosperity? In this panel, we aim to address these questions by bringing together different perspectives on the interplay between societal security and its (calls to) transformation to better understand how transformative logics are voiced and constituted around security and policing. This panel specifically invites ethnographic perspectives that flesh out transformative security efforts, but also encourages broader philosophical and theoretical approaches to understanding how we can change our usage and approach to security and policing, both in scholarly and public debates.

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Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -