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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. https://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2020/
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 (email@example.com) beforehand about the security-related panels you’re planning to submit.
From 27 to 31 August 2019, the IUAES Inter-Congress
“World Solidarities” took place in Poznan/Poland. Several
security-related panels took place. Network member Ana Ivasiuc (Giessen)
convened a panel on “Solidarity in Times of (In)Security”, with
Alexandra Schwell (Munich) as discussant.
The IUAES 2019 Inter-Congress was a huge success,
particularly with regard to the congress’s potential political impact. In
September 2018, the Polish government decided to erase cultural/social
anthropology and ethnology. Cultural/social anthropology and ethnology were
removed from the list of academic disciplines. Scholars and academics have been
protesting since, and they hope that the organization and success of the IUAES
Inter-Congress help to show that anthropology and ethnology are in fact
internationally renowned academic disciplines. If you wish to know more about
the Polish situation, see http://sae.americananthro.org/2018/12/erasing-polish-anthropology-by-elzbieta-m-gozdziak-and-izabella-main/ ; https://www.etnologia.uw.edu.pl/en
AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting in Vancouver, 20-24 November 2019.
For those presenting a paper or convening a panel
at the AAA/CASCA Meeting, please feel free to invite us and circulate
information via the network’s mailing list.
Goede, Marieke, Esmé Bosma and Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2019): Secrecy and
Methods in Security Research: A Guido to Qualitative Fieldwork. London; New
York: Routledge. https://www.crcpress.com/Secrecy-and-Methods-in-Security-Research-A-Guide-to-Qualitative-Fieldwork/Goede-Bosma-Pallister-Wilkins/p/book/9780367027247
This collection includes several chapters by ASN members
Summary: This book analyses the challenges of secrecy in security research, and develops a set of methods to navigate, encircle and work with secrecy.
How can researchers navigate secrecy in their
fieldwork, when they encounter confidential material, closed-off quarters or
bureaucratic rebuffs? This is a particular challenge for researchers in the
security field, which is by nature secretive and difficult to access. This book
creatively assesses and analyses the ways in which secrecies operate in
security research. The collection sets out new understandings of secrecy, and
shows how secrecy itself can be made productive to research analysis. It offers
students, PhD researchers and senior scholars a rich toolkit of methods and
best-practice examples for ethically appropriate ways of navigating secrecy. It
pays attention to the balance between confidentiality, and academic freedom and
integrity. The chapters draw on the rich qualitative fieldwork experiences of
the contributors, who did research at a diversity of sites, for example at a
former atomic weapons research facility, inside deportation units, in conflict
zones, in everyday security landscapes, in virtual spaces and at borders,
bureaucracies and banks.
The book will be of interest to students of
research methods, critical security studies and International Relations in
Monika Weissensteiner (2019) “Illustrated Book Review of ‘Bodies
as Evidence. Security, Knowledge, and Power (2018), by Maguire, Rao,
Zurawski (eds), Duke University Press’” https://www.surveillance-studies.org/2019/04/rezension-bodies-as-evidence/
Emma McCluskey (2019): From Righteousness to Far Right. An Anthropological Rethinking
of Critical Security Studies. McGill Queens University
“From Righteousness to Far Right demonstrates the
great value of working at the intersection between anthropology and critical
security studies for understanding the securitization of migration. In really
engaging with anthropology as a mode of knowledge and knowing, Mc Cluskey makes
a major contribution to the turn towards micro-practices and the everyday in
security studies and International relations.” Jef Huysmans, Queen Mary
University of London
Political Anthropological Research in International Social
Sciences (PARISS) is a new journal edited by Didier Bigo, Tugba Basaran, Monique
Beerli and Emma McCluskey. https://brill.com/view/journals/pari/pari-overview.xml?lang=en
Articles for submissions:
– Individually authored or co-authored original research
articles (up to 3 authors; approximately 7,000-11,000 words including
footnotes) and collectively authored original research articles (3+ authors;
10,000-25,000 words including footnotes)
– Book reviews, interviews, commentaries, and shorter
articles focused on research methodologies (all up to 5,000 words).
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Alexandra Schwell, Tereza Kuldova, Monika Weissensteiner