SPATIALIZING SECURITY AND TERROR // Part 3: Masterclass with J. Völz

January 31, 2017 // 10am - 2pm

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Phil I., GCSC, Room 001, Alter Steinbacher Weg 38

This event is part 3 of the series "Spatializing Security and Terror".

Resarch Area 7 "Globalization and Politics of Space", International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GSCS), Justus-Liebig-Universität in cooperation with SFB/TRR 138 "Dynamics of Security“.

 

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EVENTS

 

In recent months, public places such as concert arenas, city squares, airports and means of infrastructure have increasingly become the target of terror-attacks inside and outside of Europe, making "terror" one of the key concerns of politics as well as national and international security cooperation. Many steps have been taken to confront, prevent and fight these assaults my means of increased control and surveillance of public spaces as well as a nationalization of discourse, in which the notion of physical and mental borders has become increasingly important again.

Consequently, the imminence of terror as an unsettling event is becoming an experience that soars into society as a constant threat and fear, structuring and restructing modes of everyday life. At the same time, these fears are harvested and fueled around ideological premises of a constant, potential threat by the securitized "other", which again serves as the basis for justifying the suspension of human rights on notions of the prevention and preemption of potential risk.

Notions of Risk and security are instrumentalized by ever louder discourses that criminalize, and racialize those at the margins of society. Muslim migrants and refugees are structured as "cultural others" who are collectively punished by right wing political and public discourses as embodying a risk to the "civilized" Western world.

In cultural studies, however, the debate around "terrorism" has not yet become a key subject that is been tackled on theoretically and empirically. Only few books and studies have attempted to conceptualize a term that is not only a phenomenon, but also an ongoing process of shaping and reshaping society politically, spatially and "culturally". It is time then, we argue, that cultural studies engage in the conversation and debate about this process and phenomenon, contributing meaningful and critical accounts and perspectives to the debate, questioning simplified and essentializing notions of culture, terrorism, space and the link between them. Hence, this was one of the rationales for the Research Area 7 "Globalization and Politics of Space" at the International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) to set up this event series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPATIALIZING SECURITY AND TERROR // Part 3: Masterclass with J. Völz

January 31, 2017 // 10am - 2pm

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Phil I., GCSC, Room 001, Alter Steinbacher Weg 38

This event is part 3 of the series "Spatializing Security and Terror".

Resarch Area 7 "Globalization and Politics of Space", International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GSCS), Justus-Liebig-Universität in cooperation with SFB/TRR 138 "Dynamics of Security“.

 

Please register with Melanie Hartmann: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

 

EVENTS

 

In recent months, public places such as concert arenas, city squares, airports and means of infrastructure have increasingly become the target of terror-attacks inside and outside of Europe, making "terror" one of the key concerns of politics as well as national and international security cooperation. Many steps have been taken to confront, prevent and fight these assaults my means of increased control and surveillance of public spaces as well as a nationalization of discourse, in which the notion of physical and mental borders has become increasingly important again.

Consequently, the imminence of terror as an unsettling event is becoming an experience that soars into society as a constant threat and fear, structuring and restructing modes of everyday life. At the same time, these fears are harvested and fueled around ideological premises of a constant, potential threat by the securitized "other", which again serves as the basis for justifying the suspension of human rights on notions of the prevention and preemption of potential risk.

Notions of Risk and security are instrumentalized by ever louder discourses that criminalize, and racialize those at the margins of society. Muslim migrants and refugees are structured as "cultural others" who are collectively punished by right wing political and public discourses as embodying a risk to the "civilized" Western world.

In cultural studies, however, the debate around "terrorism" has not yet become a key subject that is been tackled on theoretically and empirically. Only few books and studies have attempted to conceptualize a term that is not only a phenomenon, but also an ongoing process of shaping and reshaping society politically, spatially and "culturally". It is time then, we argue, that cultural studies engage in the conversation and debate about this process and phenomenon, contributing meaningful and critical accounts and perspectives to the debate, questioning simplified and essentializing notions of culture, terrorism, space and the link between them. Hence, this was one of the rationales for the Research Area 7 "Globalization and Politics of Space" at the International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) to set up this event series.