"Peace, order and securitisation in post-imperial Central Asia"
Thursday // 24th January 2019 // 4pm to
Friday // 25th January 2019 // 4.30pm
Location: Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany
Abstract: Peace, order and securitisation in post-imperial Central Asia
Central Asia continues to attract the attention of researchers and policy-makers in the areas of peacebuilding, conflict prevention and security. This, and especially the discourse on the region since the involvement of Central Asian migrants in terrorist attacks in different Western metropoles, has put into sharp relief the general public’s and expert communities’ disregard for the living conditions and ongoing challenges faced by Central Asian societies. These include, but are not limited to, the region’s uneven and incomplete processes of economic, political and social change and related resource, territorial and identitarian conflicts. Some recent studies have critically analysed Central Asian states’ policies of countering and preventing violent extremism and terrorism in their social context, with a view to their discursive and practical dimensions of securitisation and as part of wider trajectories of political (re-) ordering. Some works have traced the securitisation of Islam back into the Soviet Union and thus indicated an important entry point for research on order and security from a historical perspective. Meanwhile, historical studies of Central Asian societies have continuously grown in number but maintained a focus on their idiosyncratic epochs, areas and actors, thus presenting a great potential for an interdisciplinary dialogue on historical forms of ordering and securitisation. The present event seeks to unlock this potential and to facilitate a better understanding of the continuities, parallels, path dependencies and possible future scenarios of the development of sustainable peace and security in Central Asia in light of its imperial legacies. Building up on historical and anthropological research on Central Asia and Eastern Europe, as well as critical and post-colonial approaches in security studies, political science and IR, participants will make important contributions to the inquiry into historical forms of securitisation.