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.

Out now: Der Alltag der (Un-)Sicherheit.

by Thomas Hoppenheit on March 5, 2019

Der Alltag der (Un-)Sicherheit. Ethnografisch-kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die Sicherheitsgesellschaft (in German)

edited by Alexandra Schwell and Katharina Eisch-Angus, Berlin: Panama Verlag, 2018

Contributors: Niklas Barth, Katharina Eisch-Angus, Stefan Groth, Mark Maguire, Kai Nowak, Christoph Paret, Johanna Rolshoven, Antonius Schneider, Alexandra Schwell, Maria Schwertl und Nils Zurawski

To order the book please click here.
Download an abstract and more details hereas pdf.


Conference Update: Security and Morality: Critical Anthropological Perspectives – Registration and Program

by Thomas Hoppenheit on March 2, 2019

With the program mapped out you can now register for the conference via this form.

To see the program you can download it here as a pdf.

Conference Program

Security and Morality: Critical Anthropological Perspectives

University of Oslo, March 28 – 29, 2019

Room: HF-12

Faculty of Humanities 

Niels Treschows Hus, 12th floor

Niels Henrik Abels vei 36, 0313 Oslo

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cfp: Security and Morality: Critical Anthropological Perspectives, March 28 – 29, 2019 at the University of Oslo, Norway

by Thomas Hoppenheit on November 18, 2018

The [Anthropology of Security] network in EASA is making a cfp for the 2019 network conference.

Security and Morality: Critical Anthropological Perspectives

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words, including a short bio (100 words) to Tereza Kuldova by January 10, 2019.

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Network meeting in Stockholm

by admin on August 12, 2018

The Anthropology network within EASA is holding its network meeting at the following date:

Day: Wednesday August 15, 2018
Time: 17:00-18:45,
Room: SÖ-E420

Today, “security” is everywhere – as also a look through this years’ conference abstracts shows. We believe that Social Anthropology has an important contribution to make and created the Anthropology of Security network in 2014 in order to bring together interested scholars.

We would like to invite “old and new” colleagues to join the meeting, open to everyone interested, and hope to see you in Stockholm!

Among other things we will be holding a little election for new convenors, as Mark, Catarina and Nils are ending their terms. Come and join us, be part of the network and shape its future.

Panel at EASA 2018

by admin on August 12, 2018

Together with PaCSA we are holding the following panel at EASA 2018 on Stockholm: Security on the move: mobility and experimentation

Papers include:

  • Rethinking Airport Security: From Necessary Evil to Seamless Experience? Helene Ilkjaer (University of Copenhagen)
  • Poland in troubled times. The mobility of fear and (in)security.
  • Securing Mined Paths for Moving People: Mine Risk Education on the Thai-Burma Border.
  • Ariane Bélanger-Vincent (California State University, Chico)
  • Kamila Grześkowiak (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)
  • Security and circulation in boundary spaces. Limor Samimian-Darash (Hebrew University)
  • Black box and Italian drivers: the controversial relation between security, control, and privacy. Irene Moretti (Leiden University)

We hope to see you in Stockholm.