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War on ... What? Security as Pacification, Mark Neocleous, Thursday, 18 March 2010 2:30-4:30 pm

The Distinguished Critical Thinkers in World
Politics Seminar Series

War on ... What? Security as Pacification

Mark Neocleous

Thursday, 18 March 2010
2:30-4:30 pm
Room 519, Fifth Floor
York Research Tower

Mark Neocleous brings together two concepts with very different histories.
On the one hand, what is probably the major political fetish of our
times: security. On the other hand, a concept about which nowadays
virtually nothing is ever said: pacification. The paper will explore the
ways in which these terms resonate through their early history, with the
aim of unravelling the logic of pacification to contemporary security
politics. In doing so, Professor Neocleous will criss-cross through the
terrains of war and peace, and law and police, making links between
original accumulation and the current war on 'terror'.

Mark Neocleous is Professor of the Critique of Political Economy and Head
of the Department of Politics and History at Brunel University, UK. His
most recent book is Critique of Security (2008). His earlier books
include The Monstrous and the Dead (2005); Imagining the State (2003); The
Fabrication of Social Order: A Critical Theory of Police Power (2000);
Fascism (1997); and Administering Civil Society: Towards a Theory of State
Power (1996). He is a member of the Editorial Collective of Radical

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