Same as last term, students signed up to my course ‘Energy (In)Securities’ will be producing a series of blog posts exploring topics covered in class. These posts will again be hosted on www.exploringsecurity.wordpress.com, and will be uploaded across the semester, so stay tuned!
The handbook for the course, including seminar outlines and reading lists is attached below.
Energy Insecurities – Seminar Handbook (Download link)
I’m pleased to announce that my first single-authored paper has been published. It forms part of a special issue edited by Matthias Leese and Stef Wittendorp, entitled ‘Old Securities, New Mobilities’. In it, I draw attention to the opportunities that mobilities approaches can offer for studying security beyond the circulatory ‘nodes’ in which its’ analysis has been recently confined. The paper and its’ abstract can be accessed here, but if you do not have access through your institution, please get in touch via email – I have a limited number of free copies that I am very happy to share.
If you are interested, make sure that you also check out the other articles that are part of this special issue – two of these are currently in early access and have been linked below. More are to come.
Old Securities, New Mobilities – eta. February, 2018
Glouftsios, G. (2017) Governing circulation through technology within EU border security practice-networks http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17450101.2017.1403774
Leese, M. (2017) Standardizing security: the business case politics of borders http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17450101.2017.1403777
Our article for Citizenship Studies is now out in early access! Entitled ‘A Material Politics of Citizenship: The potential of circulating materials in UK immigration removal centres’, this paper forms part of a special issue edited by Gaja Maestri & Sarah Hughes on contested spaces of citizenship.
In this article, Sarah Hughes and I explore the ways in which acts of citizenship are mediated through the actions of diverse materials. Drawing on doctoral research conducted by Sarah Hughes (Durham, UK), we describe how the materials circulating out of UK immigration removal centres can hold within them the potential for the making of new claims to citizenship, and how certain materials consequently become subjected to different kinds of governance practices. We also draw attention to how the political entanglements that these materials may form in the future may exceed our understanding, potentially opening up unexpected future claims to citizenship as well as troubling the notion of human intent within every kind of citizenship act or practice of resistance.
To view this paper, and other papers in this special issue, go to Taylor & Francis’s website: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13621025.2017.1341659
If your institution does not have access to Citizenship Studies, please contact me on peter.forman[@]wiso.uni-tuebingen.de. I have a limited number of free codes, so first come, first serve!
As part of our ‘Critical Security Studies’ course at the University of Tübingen this semester, students have been tasked with critically applying different approaches to security to contemporary political events. Check in regularly for new posts covering a broad range of topics, including security discourses in the so-called ‘EU migrant crisis’, the governance of Ebola, the visualisation and rendering actionable of climate futures, and performances of cargo security in European ports!
Exciting times. My thesis, entitled ‘Securing Natural Gas: Entity-Attentive Security Research’ is now available via the Durham eTheses service!
Thanks again go to my supervisors, Louise Amoore and Ben Anderson for their help in getting this out, and also to the insightful comments from my examiners, Jason Dittmer (UCL) and Gavin Bridge (Durham).
It can be accessed via the following link:
Congratulations to my friends and colleagues for the publication of their recent book, “Security/Mobility: Politics of Movement” – edited by Matthias Leese (Zurich) and Stef Wittendorp (Tübingen), and representing a much needed contribution to attempts to bring security and mobility together.
The book includes chapters from: Marie Beauchamps, Marijn Hoijtink, Matthias Leese, Bruno Magalhães, Sharon Weinblum, & Stef Wittendorp, Louis Lobo-Guerrero & Friedericke Kuntz, Andreas Bauer-Ahrens, Erella Grassiani, Nat O’Grady, Gianni Gkolfinopoulos, Sharon Weinblum, Stef Wittendorp, Christine Quinan, Bruno Magalhães, Marie Beauchamps, and Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet.
‘Mobility and security are key themes for students of international politics in a globalised world. This book brings together research on the political regulation of movement – its material enablers and constraints. It explores aspects of critical security studies and political geography in order to bridge the gap between disciplines that study global modernity, its politics and practices.
‘The contributions to this book cover a broad range of topics that are bound together by their focus on both the politics and the material underpinnings of movement. The authors engage diverse themes such as internet infrastructure, the circulation of data, discourses of borders and bordering, bureaucracy, and citizenship, thereby identifying common themes of security and mobility today.’