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Towards an anthropology of security

February 3, 2010

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Call for papers for a special session at the 2010 Annual Conference of the Canadian Anthropological Society / Société canadienne d’anthropologie (CASCA)

May 31 to June 3 2010, Montréal

Despite the fact that references to (in)security are becoming a normal feature of contemporary political discourses, anthropologists rarely engage directly with this issue. The field of Security Studies seems to be monopolized by political scientists and military experts. But various voices have recently emerged within the critical and post-structural trends in Security Studies calling for sociological and anthropological researches on security. Strangely, few anthropologists seem to accept this invitation.

In the past, anthropologists have successfully taken as object of analysis concepts traditionally associated with other fields of social sciences. The concept of development is a good example. The past and current contributions of what we now refer to as “Anthropology of development” to the critical scrutiny of the concept and practices of development cannot be overestimated. In the light of such experiences and in the context of growing security-oriented discourses and practices, the organizers of this session believe that it is urgent to reflect on our possible contribution to the critical analysis of security.

What would this Anthropology of security look like? Does such a field already exist? What are the current scholarly anthropological works on security? What have they achieved? How? Does it make sense to unify these researches under the common label of Anthropology of security? What theoretical and methodological approaches could be mobilized? What objects of investigation seem particularly promising?

The organizers of this session think that these are important questions that deserve to be addressed and would like to invite you to take part to this discussion during the 2010 CASCA Conference.

Please submit proposed abstracts (150 words), including name, departmental
positions and affiliations to Ariane Belanger-Vincent (ariane.belanger-vincent.1 at or David Moffette (moffette at yorku dot ca) by February 7th.


Ariane Bélanger-Vincent
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Laval University
External Graduate Researcher, York Centre for International and Security Studies

David Moffette
PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, York University
Graduate Researcher, York Centre for International and Security Studies

One Comment leave one →
  1. Gabi permalink
    May 16, 2011 8:11 pm

    Is it possible to access any of the papers from this conference?

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