Subproject A01 — Securitisation by Holding Hostages
from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Miniature: Richard II viewing the execution of Moslem prisoners
The project addresses the phenomenon of unilateral and reciprocal “hostage-holding” (Geiselstellung) – in contradistinction to hostage-taking or the detainment of prisoners of war – as a form of contractual indemnification that was employed in foreign relations during Roman antiquity, the Middle Ages and up to the early modern period. Based on a case database to be compiled, researchers will analyse historical political contexts in which this instrument was used. The aim is to reveal dialectics by which security is manufactured and represented within the scope of symbolic communication and the progressive establishment of norms.