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Sensing (in)security: new materialisms and the politics of security [Anthropology of Peace, Conflict, and Security Network (APeCS)] 
Tessa Diphoorn (Utrecht University)
Tomas Salem (University of Bergen)
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Tessa Diphoorn (Utrecht University)
Wednesday 24 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

Placing critical approaches to security in dialogue with new materialist and post-humanist perspectives, this panel will focus on the sensorial, material, and aesthetic dimensions of security and policing, asking how sensations of (in)security are shaped and shaping emergent political projects.

Long Abstract:

Within anthropology, critical approaches to security have provided numerous analyses of how security is experienced, provided, perceived, and enacted. These perspectives highlight the gendered, racialized, classed, or political effects of everyday security practices. In this panel, we aim to explore the material and aesthetic dimensions of security and, understanding the body as materiality, the dialectics of (in)security and the senses. This panel centralizes the sensorial within our understanding of everyday security, entailing an explicit focus on the myriad ways in which the senses are part of our experiences and ontological realities. Understanding the interplay of material practices and sensations of security is increasingly important at a moment when technologies with explicit sensorial effects are multiplying, especially considering the way different political projects and normative or cosmological orders are mobilizing sensations of security. To explore these domains, we are interested in examining the potential of new materialist or post-humanist approaches to a critical approach to security and envisage the following themes:

- The role of objects and technologies that explicitly focus on enticing the sensorial.

- The production of sensations of (in)security through digital technologies, and especially the impact of algorithms and AI on the aesthetics of security.

- The ways in which senses are securitized and aligned to perceptions and processes of ‘othering’.

- Embodied emotional registers of (in)security (and their manipulation).

- The political projects that emerge in response to feelings of “loss” of the future, particularly those that operate through the securitization of the sensorial.

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Session 1 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Wednesday 24 July, 2024, -