The aim of this panel is to examine ethnographic research on spaces of security, take stock, and prepare for a future in which anthropologists will explore shifting contexts and the production of evidence therein - the near-future of security and insecurity.
Today, security discourses and practices are flourishing, transforming policies, institutions and everyday lives throughout the world. This panel is to bring greater theoretical precision to the growing body of anthropological scholarship on security. We will examine ethnographic research on spaces of security, take stock, and prepare for a future in which anthropologists will explore shifting contexts and the production of evidence therein - the near-future of (in)security. The panel seeks papers at two levels. Firstly, we aim to chart the multiple ways that (in)security manifests itself, looking for commonalities and differences, and arriving at a theoretical statement on anthropology's contributions to the study of security. Secondly, we aim to show the potential that exists among anthropologists to conceptually inform international debates and ethnographically illuminate the ramifications of (in)securitisation today. Anthropologists have engaged with everyday insecurities ethnographically, together with the often-violent intrusion of (para-)military forces, policing, surveillance and governmental control in the lives of research participants. Anthropologists are now attending to the proliferation of post-Cold War security practices and discourses, new techno-science and forms of expertise. This panel will offer a broad anthropological theorisation of security together with a rigorous focus on the spatial dimensions of contemporary (in)securitisation. We are also interested in power and its spatial dimensions, together with the local and transnational asymmetries that produce or deny agencies.
There will be a particular focus on "The legacies and futures of the European border regime" within the broad theme of spaces of security.