P05
Anthropology and security studies

Convenors:
Giovanni Ercolani (Peace Operations Training Institute)
Format:
Panels
Location:
Studio
Start time:
9 June, 2012 at 9:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel aims to explore ways to link the 'tools' provided by anthropological studies to the ones from security studies.

Long abstract:

The main aim of this panel is to explore ways to link the 'tools' provided by anthropological studies to the ones from security studies. We live in a world in which 'complex insecurity' is the expression that best then others can describe the now a days explosive combination of fear-risk-threat-vulnerability-anxiety in which the world society is living. In this context the motivation of the panel is to construct a new framework in which both academic topics will complement each other and together will present a new way to contribute to the understanding of security in a critical sense. The idea is to use the concept of the Critical Security Theory developed by Ken Booth in his book "Critical Security Studies and World Politics" (Lynne Rienner Publishers, London, 2005, p. 268) and attach it to the epistemology provided by anthropological researches, with the aim to contribute to the idea of an emancipatory politics. Bringing together Anthropology and Security Studies (Critical Security Theory) can contribute to a better understanding of the world and the human condition, because "we can decide to study (security) in ways that replicate a world politics that does not work for countless millions of our fellow human beings; or we can decide to study in ways that seek to help to lift the strains of life-determining insecurity from the bodies and minds of people in real villages and cities, regions and states." (Booth, 2005:276)