Newsletter 2020 (1)

by Thomas Hoppenheit on January 12, 2020

Find the Newsletter as a PDF here.

Dear Network Members,

We hope that you had a good start of the new year!

We would like to remind you that the deadline for the Call for Papers for the EASA conference 2020 in Lisbon is approaching and also send you some additional network info & updates.

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CFP: The Future in Security: ethnographies of security at the edge of tomorrow (EASA 2020)

by Thomas Hoppenheit on December 11, 2019

Conveners:  Mark Maguire (Maynooth University), Alexandra Schwell (AAU Klagenfurt), Monika Weissensteiner (University of Kent)

Discussant: David A. Westbrook

Call for Papers for the EASA 2020 panel no. 116 in Lisbon (21-24 July 2020):

The Future in Security: ethnographies of security at the edge of tomorrow [ASN]

Short abstract:

This Anthropology of Security Network (ASN) panel calls for anthropologists exploring the future in security to propose papers (with one-word titles) that are crafted to explain the term as used in their ethnographic field site.

Submit your paper here!

Long abstract:

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CFP: Critical Perceptions on the entanglements between military, security and education (EASA 2020)

by Thomas Hoppenheit on December 4, 2019

Conveners:  Erella Grassiani (University of Amsterdam), Nir Gazit (Rupin Academic Centre)

Call for Papers for the EASA 2020 panel no. 077 in Lisbon (21-24 July 2020):

Securitized Education: critical perceptions on the entanglements between military, security and education [Anthropology of Security Network, Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology PACSA]

Short abstract:

This panel seeks to demonstrate how military/security and educational domains are entangled in ways that promote militarization and securitization. By examining these entanglements critically, we aim to uncover processes that normalize the use of violence and military means within civil society.

Submit your paper here!

Long abstract:

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Newsletter 2019 (2)

by Thomas Hoppenheit on September 20, 2019

Find the Newsletter as a PDF here.

Dear Network Members,

The call for panels for the 2020 EASA conference in Lisbon is now open. We invite you to submit panel proposals under the Anthropology of Security Network. Please feel free to use the network email list to exchange upon proposals or to find colleagues interested in convening a panel together. The Call for panel closes on 21st of October.

To draw other security scholar’s attention to your panel and to increase the network’s visibility, we encourage you to propose your panel under the ASN banner by adding “[ASN]” in your panel submission. Please inform us ( beforehand about the security-related panels you’re planning to submit.

Other updates

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Out now: Secrecy and Methods in Security Research: A Guide to Qualitative Fieldwork

by Thomas Hoppenheit on May 8, 2019

edited by Marieke De Goede, Esmé Bosma and Polly Pallister-Wilkins, London; New York: Routledge, 2019.

including chapters by ASN members Erella Grassiani and Alexandra Schwell!

For more information please visit the books page on CRC Press.


This book analyses the challenges of secrecy in security research, and develops a set of methods to navigate, encircle and work with secrecy.

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ILLUSTRATED BOOK REVIEW: “Bodies as Evidence. Security, Knowledge, and Power”

by Thomas Hoppenheit on May 2, 2019

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).

Illustrated book review by Monika Weissensteiner, continue reading via and have a look at the animated illustrations (video) of the first chapter below.

CFP: Special Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology on ‘Security and Morality’

by Thomas Hoppenheit on April 12, 2019

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. 

While 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: 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 or get in touch with the editor-in-chief.

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Out now: Security Blurs

by Thomas Hoppenheit on April 12, 2019

Security Blurs:The Politics of Plural Security Provision

edited by Tessa Diphoorn and Erella Grassiani, London: Routledge, 2018

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

To order the book please click here.
For a first look into the book visit Google Books.

Recapping the Conference

by Thomas Hoppenheit on April 12, 2019

The ASN Conference “Security and Morality: Critical Anthropological Perspectives” was held onMarch 28 – 29, 2019, at the University of Oslo.

The 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 field.

Geographically, 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.