The STS community has a circumscribed interest in security. While STS scholars have focused on privacy and surveillance research, this panel addresses neglected areas of security, such as security as a practice, alternatives to techno-security, the security industrial complex and (in)security.
The STS community has a long, but circumscribed, interest in security as a concept and focus of research. While STS scholars have so far traditionally focused on privacy and surveillance issues, we propose a panel to draw together contributions on neglected areas of security research in STS which merit further engagement. In this panel, we would like to collectively explore the ability of STS to re-articulate its research agenda in order to incorporate a broader array of concerns. More specifically, we invite contributions addressing the following questions:
- What kind of reflexive and analytical studies are being conducted on the emergence and consolidation security research?
- If security is a complex practice made of a variety of local, context specific articulations of explicit and implicit knowledge, what kind of power relationships, sociotechnical configurations, economic differences and interests and contingent opportunities are central to its current framing and implementation?
- Do alternatives exist to current techno-centric approaches that can take into consideration the broader socio technical landscape, allowing for a wider epistemic involvement in reconfiguring that landscape?
- How do current relationships between industries developing security technologies, political institutions adopting and regulating them, security enforcement agencies, technology users, the data protection agencies and privacy NGOs shape current understanding and practices of security?
- What kind of role and impact new technologies and new knowledge practices play in the social construction of security and insecurity?
- What are the main social, cultural and political dimensions influencing the complex articulation of security and insecurity?