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CCIG Lecture series: Jef Huysmans on Security and Democracy

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This keynote was part of the CCIG Lecture series on 'Being on the line: citizenship, identities and governance in times of crises'.

This lecture was given by Prof Jef Huysmans (CCIG Director and Professor of Security Studies).

In this lecture Jef Huysmans revisited the relation between democracy and security against the background of recent revelation of global surveillance practices. He argued for embracing a democratic curiosity when evaluating contemporary security practice.

Democratic curiosity displaces attention from familiar often elite conceptions of power relations to the extremely ordinary ways in which the powers of security but also of democracy work. Rethinking the relation between democracy and security is particularly pertinent today when traditional democratic institutions are severely limited in the power they are exercising upon an increasingly diffuse organisation of security practice.

Jef Huysmans holds a Chair in Security Studies. He is also director of the Centre for Citizenship, Identities, Governance (CCIG) at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Jef has published widely on security theory, the securitization of migration, asylum and refugees, and international political theory. Currently he focuses on the diffusion of insecurities and implications for democracy, political theories of the everyday and critical methodologies in security studies. He recently published:

Huysmans, Jef (2014). Security Unbound. Enacting Democratic Limits. Routledge.

Guillaume, Xavier and Huysmans, Jef eds. (2013). Citizenship and Security: The Constitution of Political Being. PRIO New Security Studies. Abingdon: Routledge

Aradau, Claudia and Huysmans, Jef (2013). Critical methods in international relations: the politics of techniques, devices and acts. European Journal of International Relations


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