The human body has become a privileged “bearer and signifier” of in/security – so the main message of the book “Bodies as Evidence. Security, Knowledge, and Power” (eds. Maguire, Rao, Zurawski 2018). As such, body-evidence relations can be turned into an insightful object of inquiry, as the nine thematic chapters of the book show. Jean Comaroff praises the book precisely for illuminating “the core drama of our times, when radical uncertainty feeds a fetishism of evidence, when alt-authoritarianism breeds a strange new relativism and an insidious obsession with fakery” (book-cover).
Call for Papers on ‘Security and Morality’ for a special issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology.
Following the Security and Morality: Critical Anthropological Perspectives conference organized by the EASA Anthropology of Security Network at the University of Oslo in March 2019, the open-access peer-reviewed Journal of Extreme Anthropology has decided to dedicate a special issue to the topic, with a planned publication date of April 2020. The special issue will be jointly edited by Tereza Kuldova & Jardar Østbø.
some of the conference participants have expressed their interest in
contributing already, the Journal of Extreme Anthropology invites
additional papers (please refer to the CFP below), and submissions in
different formats: articles, essays, book reviews, photo essays, and experimental submissions.
Those who did not attend the conference and are interested in
submitting a paper should send an abstract of 250 words to the
editor-in-chief at: firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th of May 2019. Submission date for the issue and those whose abstracts have been accepted will be: 31st October 2019. Articles
are published Online First, and may thus appear individually prior to
the full issue. For more, please refer to the journal website https://journals.uio.no/index.php/JEA or get in touch with the editor-in-chief.
Contributors: Laurens Bakker, Lars Buur, Tessa Diphoorn, Erella Grassiani, Rivke Jaffe, Line Jakobsen, Helene Maria Kyed, Erika Robb Larkins, Perle Møhl, Moritz Schuberth, Atreyee Sen and Jeremy Siegman
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The ASN Conference
“Security and Morality: Critical Anthropological Perspectives”was held onMarch 28 – 29, 2019, at the University of Oslo.
conference provided a productive platform to explore security through a
focus on morality and to share and exchange on research-projects at
different stages. Participants
greatly welcomed the conference topic and opportunity to analyse the
security-morality nexus in their respective fields of research on
counter-terrorism, humanitarianism, biker-clubs, migration control,
policing, ‘community’ cohesion, victim-support programs
and more (see program).
The topic also opened a space for reflections about the ethical
challenges in doing research in a politically and morally highly charged
the case studies presented at the conference explored security-morality
configurations in different EU countries, as well as in the US, Russia,
Mexico, the Middle-East and in
the South Pacific. The conference brought together around thirty
colleagues from across the disciplines of anthropology, political
science, social work, law and criminology. On the first evening, Katja Franko
Aas’ keynote lecture addressed the moral economy of migration control. The conference concluded with two book-launches: “Security Blurs: The Politics of Plural Security
Provision”, presented by Tessa Diphoorn and Erella Grassiani and “How Outlaws Win Friends and Influence People”, by Tereza Kuldova.
For the realisation of the conference
we are thankful for the funding support received from the European Association of Social Anthropologist (EASA),
the Ludwigs-Maximilians Universitaet Muenchen (LMU), and the hosting institution
University of Oslo (UiO).
A special thanks to all the participants and to Tereza Kuldova for hosting the ASN conference.