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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Call for papers: Towards an Anthropology of Security


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*Call for papers for a special session at the 2010 Annual Conference of the*

*Canadian Anthropological Society / Société canadienne d'anthropologie

*May 31 to June 3 2010, Montréal*

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Despite the fact that references to (in)security are becoming a normal
feature of contemporary political discourses, anthropologists rarely engage
directly with this issue. The field of Security Studies seems to be
monopolized by political scientists and military experts. But various voices
have recently emerged within the critical and post-structural trends in
Security Studies calling for sociological and anthropological researches on
security. Strangely, few anthropologists seem to accept this invitation.

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In the past, anthropologists have successfully taken as object of analysis
concepts traditionally associated with other fields of social sciences. The
concept of development is a good example. The past and current contributions
of what we now refer to as "Anthropology of development" to the critical
scrutiny of the concept and practices of development cannot be
overestimated. In the light of such experiences and in the context of
growing security-oriented discourses and practices, the organizers of this
session believe that it is urgent to reflect on our possible contribution to
the critical analysis of security.

What would this Anthropology of security look like? Does such a field
already exist? What are the current scholarly anthropological works on
security? What have they achieved? How? Does it make sense to unify these
researches under the common label of Anthropology of security? What
theoretical and methodological approaches could be mobilized? What objects
of investigation seem particularly promising?

The organizers of this session think that these are important questions that
deserve to be addressed and would like to invite you to take part to this
discussion during the 2010 CASCA Conference.

Please submit proposed abstracts (150 words), including name, departmental
positions and affiliations to Ariane Belanger-Vincent ( or David Moffette (
by February 7th.


Ariane Bélanger-Vincent

PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Laval University

External Graduate Researcher, York Centre for International and Security

David Moffette

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, York University

Graduate Researcher, York Centre for International and Security Studies

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