Security and Morality
An open conference on the nexus of morality and security.
Security is omnipresent in today’s politics and media; we are bombarded with images and narratives of proliferating internal and external security threats, conflicts, destabilization of international relations, chaos, and disorder.
Many of these striking cultural products of the current politics of fear serve to legitimize new modes of surveillance, expansions of military and other policies in the name of security.
Moral discourses are often mobilized to justify new security measures or legitimize increased spending on defense, while themselves predicated upon on implicit moral judgements.
And yet, questions of morality have been conspicuously left out as a clear object of analysis in respect to the study of security and securitization by anthropologists, despite the strong tradition of ‘anthropology of moralities'.
This conference sets out to investigate:
- The significance of diverse moral legitimizations and constructions of moral authority in security discourses and practices over time.
- The lived experiences of morality and ethics related to security (Feldman 2016).
- Different forms of ‘securitization of moral values’ (Østbø 2017)
- The ethical problems related to anthropologists’ and historians’ own involvement in security institutions and to the larger structures of funding of research for security.
Full conference program (PDF)
09:30 Registration & Coffee
10:00 Welcome by organizers
Moral and Ethical Challenges in Ethnographic Observation in Prison Settings.
Staging Sovereignty: Punitivity, Xenophobia, and the Frail Society
Victor L. Shammas
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:00
Security State, Honor, and Anti-Establishment Resentment
Honor as the Moral Culture of Russia’s Security Establishment
‘Securing the Island’: Paradoxes of Fear and Moral Regeneration in Vanuatu
13:00 -14:30 Lunch Break
A State of Suspicion: Countering ‘radicalization’ into ‘violent extremism’ in Norway.
‘How to Prevent Radicalization: Narratives and Logics in the Policy of Preventing Islamist Radicalization of Adolescents in Germany.
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00 Keynote Lecture.
Constructing the ‘Crimmigrant Other’: Towards the Moral Economy of Migration Control.
Refreshments & Socializing
09:30 Coffee & snacks
10:00 - 10:30
Humanitarianism, Security and the Resilience Agenda: The Ethical Quandaries of Aid in Jordan and Lebanon.
10:30 - 11:00
Contesting the Moral Frames of Aid Work: Humanitarian Ideology on Trial.
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
Knowledge Makes You Safe: Risk Management Workshops and Production of (in)Security. Kamila Grześkowiak
Self-protective Practices of Crime Victims and the Discourse on Security.
Ulf Borelius & Stig Grundvall
12:15 - 13:30
Lunch break & EASA Anthropology of Security Network Meeting
13:30 - 14:00
The Morality of Studying Security: Divergent Perspectives and the Dilemmas of the Anthropologist-expert.
Tessa G. Diphoorn & Erella Grassiani
14:00 - 14:30
‘We Defend Healthy Moral Values’: Theorizing the Nexus Between Security and Morality
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 15:30
Claims on Community: Moral Authority and Racialized Security Logics in U.S. Community Policing.
15:30 - 16:00
Internal Affairs: Family Expectations and Entanglements for Mexican Police Officers.
Adina Radosh Sverdlin
16:00 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 17:00
Book Launch of Security Blurs: The Politics of Plural Security Provision ed. by Tessa Diphoorn and Erella Grassiani
17:00 - 18:00
Refreshments & Discussion about possible publication venues
The conference is jointly funded by EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists), University of Oslo, and LMU Munich.