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The International Collaboratory on Critical Methods in Security Studies project ran between 2009 and 2011. The content of this website is an archive for reference only.


Conference: Security Dispositifs. Technology - Space - Event

Security is as much about things as it is about words. In generating effects of (in)security, rhetorics of threat and danger always intersect with machines, bodies and media ecologies. This workshop seeks to explore the multifarious materialities of security from an interdisciplinary angle: How does the government of global circulations depend on territorial strategies? How are border regimes linked to systems of data processing?

CfP: Materialism and World Politics

The annual conference for volume 41 of Millennium: Journal of International Studies will take place on 20-21 October, 2012 at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

CfP for special issue on "Governing (in)security in the postcolonial world" of Security Dialogue

Call for Abstracts

Governing (in)security in the postcolonial world

Security Dialogue Special Issue, 2012

Edited by: Jana Hönke (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), Markus-Michael Müller
(Universität Leipzig, Germany)

International Visual Research Methods Conference

The Second International Visual Research Methods Conference will be held at The Open University, UK, 13-15 September 2011. The Programme Committee invites proposals for papers, themed sessions, film/video screenings and exhibitions in the broad field of visual research methods. Please summarise your proposal in 200 words and send it by 20 February 2011 to We will let you know if your proposal has been accepted by 1 May 2011.

Visible Evidence 18: Call for Proposals

11-14 August 2011 — New York City

Technological developments in security

On 11 November 2010 the 'Global Security Challenge' conference took place in London.

The Global Security Challenge offers a $500,000 prize fund to the most innovative security startups and SMEs. Supported by US Government agency Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) and industry giant BAE Systems plc, GSC prides itself in attracting unique technologies with great disruptive potential.

Please find further information about the 2011 challenge on the conference website.

The Political Life of Things, Imperial War Museum London, Dec 3, 2010

This workshop starts from the assumption that the subject of politics is always already embodied and exists in the context of a multitude of material objects. Politics thus comprises complex assemblages in which things play a constitutive role. Despite often speaking of the role of things - from ballot papers to missiles – scholars of politics and international relations have largely overlooked their constitutive power. Indeed, the classical agenda of politics scholarship is dominated by an anthropocentrism that locates politics in the figure of the human individual.

Critical Legal Conference 10-12 September, Utrecht 2010

This interdisciplinary conference assembles a variety of critical schools, such as postmodernism, phenomenology, decon­struction, feminism, post-colonialism, critical race, queer theory, the ethics of otherness, the ontology of plural singularity, and the critique of bio-politics. It aims at creating new and stronger links between theory and practice.

Panels are on: Methodology, Carl Schmitt, Emotions, Legal Geographies and Space, Critical Autopoiesis, and more.

ISA 2011: Call for Participants: (Ab)using Images? Methodological approaches to the study of perception and visuality in critical security studies

Call for Participants for a Proposed Panel: 

(Ab)using Images? Methodological approaches to the study of perception and visuality in critical security studies

Studying the Agency of Being Governed

Methodology Workshop - Call for papers at  the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University

19-20 May 2010

Studies of governmentality during the last decades have productively explored and analysed how rationalities, techniques and technologies of government are applied and used in order to make societies and its citizens governable (see for example Dean 1999, Rose 1996, Burchell 1996, Hindess 1996). Focusing on neoliberal governmentality, research has shown how technologies of performance (such as targeting, benchmarking, mid-term budget frameworks and refined methods of monitoring and evaluation) work together with technologies of agency (such as participatory and emancipatory methods) to shape conduct and subject as well as their interests and agency.