‚Unconscious/Implicit Bias‘-Workshop in Cooperation with the commissioner 

for women's affairs and equal opportunities at the Marburg Faculty 06

Tuesday, 06.10.2020, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm (online)

Language: German

Der SFB/Transregio 138 richtet gemeinsam mit den Frauen- und 
Gleichstellungsbeauftragten des Marburger FB 06 einen halbtägigen 
Online-Workshop mit interaktiven Elementen zum Thema 
‚Unconscious/Implicit Bias‘ in Lehre und Wissenschaft aus.
Referentin: Katrin Wladasch

Es handelt sich um eine interne Veranstaltung.
Kontakt: Marc Chaouali

Interdisziplinärer Workshop: Topologies of security: Critical security studies in postcolonial and postsocialist scenes

Montag - 29. Juni 2020 - 10 bis 19 Uhr

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Doppelte Keynote "Non-western perspectives in security studies" von Alexandra Gheciu (University of Ottawa) und Samer Abboud (Beirut Forum of Security Studies)

Recent debates and interventions on security and securitization have highlighted the ways in which security politics and practices generate processes and effects across various geographies, temporalities and sites. Critical security studies scholars have, despite their ‘critical’ outlook, often perpetuated a eurocentric security that fails to adequately reflect on its own knowledge claims and de-politicizing approaches and arguments (Bilgin 2017, Hönke and Müller 2012). As argued by Abboud and colleagues in their call for a Beirut School of critical security studies, these eurocentric approaches continue to construct themselves “through a co-constitutive - although never egalitarian - set of relations between European and non-European worlds” (Abboud et. al. 2018:278). Colonial and imperial histories, it seems, become treated as separated from their continuing legacies which foreground the construction, intervention in, and subjugation of, entire “subregions” to the politics of domination and control by Europe and Anglo-America, as well as non-Western power centres such as China and Russia. In this, albeit ever-changing order, security dominates as a form of global politics and governance, materializing with different intensity across different sites and spaces.


This workshop seeks to explore ‘scenes’ and ‘topologies’ of security as a way intervene in current debates by attempting to explore security through its varying, interconnecting strands that materialize at specific historical and spatial points. Reflecting on the concepts of ‘scene’ and ‘topology’, and their potential contributions to critical security studies, we envisage scenes of security as interconnected and situated through the threads of topologies, enabled by both the specificities of place and time, yet without losing sight of processes that structure such scenes and the ways that they present ‘security’ as a problem. Topology has emerged as an alternative to (post)structuralist and binary approaches in the social sciences, and thus presents a useful point of departure for the workshop. Topological thinking is characterized by a dynamic approach to space which is always considered as being composed of connections, interrelations and alterations (Serres 1981). It thus allows for a relational reading of the dynamic and changing nexus of security politics and practices, and their mise-en-scène, across various geographical contexts and historical epochs.

Combining the concepts of scene and topology, this approach to security politics and practices through postcolonial and postsocialist worlds offers a fruitful way forward from existing debates. Instead of treating the “colonial” or “socialist” past and the postcolonial/postsocialist present as realities that can be researched as distinctive temporal and spatial settings, we propose to apprehend them in their interconnectedness, simultaneity, and epistemological coevalness with western modernity. Following calls for such critical trans-regional/epochal/epistemic inquiry (Abboud et al. 2018, Hönke and Müller 2012, Barkawi and Laffey 2006), we seek to engage with contributions that bring together reflections on how politics and interventions framed around ‘security’ have shaped and continue to shape our geographical imagination, language and the materialization of hierarchies, injustices and insecurities.

In theorizing and inquiring post-socialist/post-colonial topologies, we suggest three themes for the workshop:

Infrastructure and technology: Given the salience of security infrastructures and the securitization of infrastructures as ‘critical infrastructures’, we ask whether postcolonial and postsocialist critiques of the notion of infrastructure can serve to rearticulate and further differentiate critical security studies. In this respect, a particular emphasis is put on technology as part of the agenda of critical security studies, often connecting ‘flat’ ontologies borrowed from ‘Actor Network Theory’ with an analysis of the effects of technological securitization. How can this agenda account for the political trajectory of technologies as they forge, and urge, social, economic, political and cultural relations between the global north and the global south? How can postcolonial and postsocialist perspectives and epistemologies contribute to reassessing the role of technologies and their securitization such as in ‘cyber security’?

Economy and finance: In contemporary critical security studies, the nexus of economy and security is mostly addressed either in the idiom of International Political Economy (IPE) or in works on the intersections of finance and security. While the former debate has been subjected to criticisms regarding its western- and northern-centric epistemological bias, the latter’s discourse mainly focuses on the centres and transnational flows of finance in these same spaces. How can IPE accommodate postcolonial and postsocialist positions and problematics that have so far escaped its analytical gaze? How can the process of ‘securitization’, shuttling between political and financial registers, render itself differently from postcolonial and postsocialist perspectives?

Sociality: Security-related research has increasingly focused on areas and fields of security ‘off the record’ from classical security studies, such as ‘human security’. The rationale of this move was to disentangle the only seemingly self-evident connection between security concerns and state sovereignty or issues of inter-state security. However, ‘human’ security is also an abstraction that casts little light on concrete relationships and forms of sociality within which security related stakes and concerns might emerge – a blank space which is reflected in critical security studies’ tendency to disregard sociality as the relationship base for security concerns and processes of securitization. Here, postcolonial and postsocialist approaches, with their insistence on the materiality and everyday dimensions of sociality, might prove to be a pivotal corrective through the ‘scene’.

Current information regarding coronavirus

10.03.2020

In the light of recent development regarding the coronavirus-epidemic (SARS-CoV-2), the Universities of Marburg and Gießen offer extensive guidelines and information:

The information sites will be updated on a regular basis.

 

 

 

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Lecture and Workshop

Axel Doßmann (University Jena)

28. und 29. April 2020

Lecture:
„Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam“. True Crime, Fake News und Diskurse der Un/Sicherheit nach 1945

Tuesday// 28. April 2020 // 6 pm s.t. - 8 pm

Venue: Gießen (Room to be announced)

 

Workshop:
Mediale Fabrikation eines Menschen als Monster, 1939-2020: Foto, Film, Körperabformung

Wednesday// 29. April 2020 // 10 am s.t. - 2 pm

Venue: Room to be announced

 

Since 2019 Axel Doßmann works as head of the photo-historical research and exhibition project "Sozialismus im Bild", which is based on the BMBF- research association for "Diktaturerfahrung und Transformation". Beforehand he was research fellow at the chair for "Geschichte in Medien und Öffentlichkeit" of the Historical Institute at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. In cooperation with Susanne Regener, Doßmann published: Fabrikation eines Verbrechers. Der Kriminalfall Bruno Lüdke als Mediengeschichte, (Spector Books) Leipzig 2018.

 

Sonderforschungsbereich / Transregio 138

Dynamiken der Sicherheit. 
Formen der Versicherheitlichung in historischer Perspektive

Forscherinnen und Forscher der Philipps-Universität Marburg und der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen sowie des Herder-Instituts für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung widmen sich seit April 2014 im SFB/TRR 138 dem Thema "Dynamiken der Sicherheit. Formen der Versicherheitlichung in historischer Perspektive". Sie untersuchen, wie sich in der Geschichte Vorstellungen von Sicherheit entwickelten und wie diese in den politischen Prozess gelangten. Dabei geht es um die Darstellung und die Herstellung von Sicherheit – Vorgänge, die einander bedingen und deren Verhältnis in historisch unterschiedlichen Dynamiken und Prozessstrukturen erforscht werden soll. Diese dynamischen Prozesse fasst der SFB/TRR 138 begrifflich als 'Versicherheitlichung'.

 Projektbereich A — Recht

A01 A02 A03 A04 A05 A06 A07 A08 

Projektbereich B — Gewalt

B01 B02 B03 B04 B05 B06 B07

Projektbereich C — Wissen

C01 C02 C03 C05 C06 C07 C08 C09 C10

 

 

 

‚Unconscious/Implicit Bias‘-Workshop in Cooperation with the commissioner 

for women's affairs and equal opportunities at the Marburg Faculty 06

Tuesday, 06.10.2020, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm (online)

Language: German

Der SFB/Transregio 138 richtet gemeinsam mit den Frauen- und 
Gleichstellungsbeauftragten des Marburger FB 06 einen halbtägigen 
Online-Workshop mit interaktiven Elementen zum Thema 
‚Unconscious/Implicit Bias‘ in Lehre und Wissenschaft aus.
Referentin: Katrin Wladasch

Es handelt sich um eine interne Veranstaltung.
Kontakt: Marc Chaouali

Interdisziplinärer Workshop: Topologies of security: Critical security studies in postcolonial and postsocialist scenes

Montag - 29. Juni 2020 - 10 bis 19 Uhr

Digitale Platform: Cisco Webex - Bitte melden Sie sich vor der Veranstaltung Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!.

Doppelte Keynote "Non-western perspectives in security studies" von Alexandra Gheciu (University of Ottawa) und Samer Abboud (Beirut Forum of Security Studies)

Recent debates and interventions on security and securitization have highlighted the ways in which security politics and practices generate processes and effects across various geographies, temporalities and sites. Critical security studies scholars have, despite their ‘critical’ outlook, often perpetuated a eurocentric security that fails to adequately reflect on its own knowledge claims and de-politicizing approaches and arguments (Bilgin 2017, Hönke and Müller 2012). As argued by Abboud and colleagues in their call for a Beirut School of critical security studies, these eurocentric approaches continue to construct themselves “through a co-constitutive - although never egalitarian - set of relations between European and non-European worlds” (Abboud et. al. 2018:278). Colonial and imperial histories, it seems, become treated as separated from their continuing legacies which foreground the construction, intervention in, and subjugation of, entire “subregions” to the politics of domination and control by Europe and Anglo-America, as well as non-Western power centres such as China and Russia. In this, albeit ever-changing order, security dominates as a form of global politics and governance, materializing with different intensity across different sites and spaces.


This workshop seeks to explore ‘scenes’ and ‘topologies’ of security as a way intervene in current debates by attempting to explore security through its varying, interconnecting strands that materialize at specific historical and spatial points. Reflecting on the concepts of ‘scene’ and ‘topology’, and their potential contributions to critical security studies, we envisage scenes of security as interconnected and situated through the threads of topologies, enabled by both the specificities of place and time, yet without losing sight of processes that structure such scenes and the ways that they present ‘security’ as a problem. Topology has emerged as an alternative to (post)structuralist and binary approaches in the social sciences, and thus presents a useful point of departure for the workshop. Topological thinking is characterized by a dynamic approach to space which is always considered as being composed of connections, interrelations and alterations (Serres 1981). It thus allows for a relational reading of the dynamic and changing nexus of security politics and practices, and their mise-en-scène, across various geographical contexts and historical epochs.

Combining the concepts of scene and topology, this approach to security politics and practices through postcolonial and postsocialist worlds offers a fruitful way forward from existing debates. Instead of treating the “colonial” or “socialist” past and the postcolonial/postsocialist present as realities that can be researched as distinctive temporal and spatial settings, we propose to apprehend them in their interconnectedness, simultaneity, and epistemological coevalness with western modernity. Following calls for such critical trans-regional/epochal/epistemic inquiry (Abboud et al. 2018, Hönke and Müller 2012, Barkawi and Laffey 2006), we seek to engage with contributions that bring together reflections on how politics and interventions framed around ‘security’ have shaped and continue to shape our geographical imagination, language and the materialization of hierarchies, injustices and insecurities.

In theorizing and inquiring post-socialist/post-colonial topologies, we suggest three themes for the workshop:

Infrastructure and technology: Given the salience of security infrastructures and the securitization of infrastructures as ‘critical infrastructures’, we ask whether postcolonial and postsocialist critiques of the notion of infrastructure can serve to rearticulate and further differentiate critical security studies. In this respect, a particular emphasis is put on technology as part of the agenda of critical security studies, often connecting ‘flat’ ontologies borrowed from ‘Actor Network Theory’ with an analysis of the effects of technological securitization. How can this agenda account for the political trajectory of technologies as they forge, and urge, social, economic, political and cultural relations between the global north and the global south? How can postcolonial and postsocialist perspectives and epistemologies contribute to reassessing the role of technologies and their securitization such as in ‘cyber security’?

Economy and finance: In contemporary critical security studies, the nexus of economy and security is mostly addressed either in the idiom of International Political Economy (IPE) or in works on the intersections of finance and security. While the former debate has been subjected to criticisms regarding its western- and northern-centric epistemological bias, the latter’s discourse mainly focuses on the centres and transnational flows of finance in these same spaces. How can IPE accommodate postcolonial and postsocialist positions and problematics that have so far escaped its analytical gaze? How can the process of ‘securitization’, shuttling between political and financial registers, render itself differently from postcolonial and postsocialist perspectives?

Sociality: Security-related research has increasingly focused on areas and fields of security ‘off the record’ from classical security studies, such as ‘human security’. The rationale of this move was to disentangle the only seemingly self-evident connection between security concerns and state sovereignty or issues of inter-state security. However, ‘human’ security is also an abstraction that casts little light on concrete relationships and forms of sociality within which security related stakes and concerns might emerge – a blank space which is reflected in critical security studies’ tendency to disregard sociality as the relationship base for security concerns and processes of securitization. Here, postcolonial and postsocialist approaches, with their insistence on the materiality and everyday dimensions of sociality, might prove to be a pivotal corrective through the ‘scene’.

Current information regarding coronavirus

10.03.2020

In the light of recent development regarding the coronavirus-epidemic (SARS-CoV-2), the Universities of Marburg and Gießen offer extensive guidelines and information:

The information sites will be updated on a regular basis.

 

 

 

- CANCELED -

 

Lecture and Workshop

Axel Doßmann (University Jena)

28. und 29. April 2020

Lecture:
„Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam“. True Crime, Fake News und Diskurse der Un/Sicherheit nach 1945

Tuesday// 28. April 2020 // 6 pm s.t. - 8 pm

Venue: Gießen (Room to be announced)

 

Workshop:
Mediale Fabrikation eines Menschen als Monster, 1939-2020: Foto, Film, Körperabformung

Wednesday// 29. April 2020 // 10 am s.t. - 2 pm

Venue: Room to be announced

 

Since 2019 Axel Doßmann works as head of the photo-historical research and exhibition project "Sozialismus im Bild", which is based on the BMBF- research association for "Diktaturerfahrung und Transformation". Beforehand he was research fellow at the chair for "Geschichte in Medien und Öffentlichkeit" of the Historical Institute at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. In cooperation with Susanne Regener, Doßmann published: Fabrikation eines Verbrechers. Der Kriminalfall Bruno Lüdke als Mediengeschichte, (Spector Books) Leipzig 2018.

 

Sonderforschungsbereich / Transregio 138

Dynamiken der Sicherheit. 
Formen der Versicherheitlichung in historischer Perspektive

Forscherinnen und Forscher der Philipps-Universität Marburg und der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen sowie des Herder-Instituts für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung widmen sich seit April 2014 im SFB/TRR 138 dem Thema "Dynamiken der Sicherheit. Formen der Versicherheitlichung in historischer Perspektive". Sie untersuchen, wie sich in der Geschichte Vorstellungen von Sicherheit entwickelten und wie diese in den politischen Prozess gelangten. Dabei geht es um die Darstellung und die Herstellung von Sicherheit – Vorgänge, die einander bedingen und deren Verhältnis in historisch unterschiedlichen Dynamiken und Prozessstrukturen erforscht werden soll. Diese dynamischen Prozesse fasst der SFB/TRR 138 begrifflich als 'Versicherheitlichung'.

 Projektbereich A — Recht

A01 A02 A03 A04 A05 A06 A07 A08 

Projektbereich B — Gewalt

B01 B02 B03 B04 B05 B06 B07

Projektbereich C — Wissen

C01 C02 C03 C05 C06 C07 C08 C09 C10

 

 

 

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