Monthly Digest is a resource provided by Security in Context that provides a list of recent publications, calls, conferences and other items relevant to the critical global, security, and international political economy studies audience. In addition to new items, our digest may contain relatively recent entries, so please double check dates on any calls or conferences. All descriptions taken from their original sources unless otherwise indicated. If we’ve missed something, or you have items you’d like to contribute for future digests, please email us at: email@example.com
Conferences/Calls for Papers or Abstracts
Ali Soufan, W. W. Norton & Company, Sept. 8, 2020
When The Black Banners was published in 2011, significant portions of the text were redacted. After subsequent review by the Central Intelligence Agency, those redactions have been lifted. Their removal corrects the record on how vital intelligence was obtained from al-Qaeda suspects and brings forth important new details on the controversial use of enhanced interrogation techniques (torture) to extract information from terror suspects. For many years, proponents of the use of these techniques have argued that they produced actionable intelligence in the war on terror. This edition of The Black Banners explodes this myth; it shows Soufan at work using guile and intelligent questioning—not force or violence—to extract some of the most important confessions in the war, and it vividly recounts the failures of the government’s torture program. Drawing on Soufan’s experiences as a lead operative for the FBI and declassified government records, The Black Banners (Declassified) documents the intelligence failures that lead to the tragic attacks on New York and Washington, DC, and subsequently how torture derailed the fight against al-Qaeda. With this edition, eighteen years on from the first sanctioned enhanced interrogation technique, the public can finally read the complete story of what happened in their name after the events of 9/11.
Thomas Moynihan, Urbanomic, 2020
“From global pandemics to prophecies of evil AI superintelligences to the impending perils of genome editing, our species is increasingly concerned with the prospects of its own extinction. With humanity’s future on this planet seeming more insecure by the day, the twenty-first century has seen ‘existential risk’ become the object of a growing field of serious scientific inquiry. Thomas Moynihan shows how, far from being a secular reprise of religious prophecies of apocalypse, existential risk is a thoroughly modern idea, made possible by the burgeoning sciences and philosophical tumult of the Enlightenment era.” - Urbanomic
Mary Kaldor and Saskia Sassen (eds.), 2020, Columbia University Press
“In Cities at War, Mary Kaldor and Saskia Sassen assemble an international team of scholars to examine cities as sites of contemporary warfare and insecurity. Reflecting Kaldor’s expertise on security cultures and Sassen’s perspective on cities and their geographies, they develop new insight into how cities and their residents encounter instability and conflict, as well as the ways in which urban forms provide possibilities for countering violence.” - Columbia University Press
Alice Martini, 2021, Routledge
“This book traces the evolution of the UN Security Council’s actions against counter-terrorism and extremism. [It] examines the progression of the UN Security Council’s fight against international terrorism and its development of practices to prevent radicalisation and extremism. It also looks at the consequences of these processes and how they have deeply moulded global counter-terrorism... It argues that the very specific definition the Council provided on international terrorism in the 2000s is profoundly shaped by global hegemonies, relations of power shaping the international community, and its own identity.” - Routledge
John Scales Avery, 2020 (open access e-book)
An open access e-book by Scientist and academic, John Scales Avery, on the current state and history of Militarism's impact on global ecology.
Adam Goodman, 2020, Princeton University Press
“Adam Goodman examines how federal, state, and local officials have targeted various groups for expulsion, from Chinese and Europeans at the turn of the twentieth century to Central Americans and Muslims today. He reveals how authorities have singled out Mexicans, nine out of ten of all deportees, and removed most of them not by orders of immigration judges but through coercive administrative procedures and calculated fear campaigns. Goodman uncovers the machine’s three primary mechanisms—formal deportations, “voluntary” departures, and self-deportations—and examines how public officials have used them to purge immigrants from the country and exert control over those who remain. Exposing the pervasive roots of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States, The Deportation Machine introduces the politicians, bureaucrats, businesspeople, and ordinary citizens who have pushed for and profited from expulsion.” - Princeton University Press
Thea Riofrancos, 2020, Duke University Press
“In Resource Radicals, Thea Riofrancos unpacks the conflict between two leftisms: on the one hand, the administration's resource nationalism and focus on economic development; and on the other, the anti-extractivism of grassroots activists who condemned the government's disregard for nature and indigenous communities. In this archival and ethnographic study, she demonstrates how Ecuador's commodity-dependent economy and history of indigenous uprisings offer a unique opportunity to understand development, democracy, and the ecological foundations of global capitalism.” - Duke University Press
Jade Saab, 2020, Daraja Press
The 2011 uprisings across the Arab world is commonly misunderstood as a failure, rather than a moment. A region in revolt: mapping the recent uprisings in North Africa and West Asia, locates the protests that shook the region in 2011 as part of a much broader process that stems from a deep structural crisis in the region - something that is beginning to arouse a second wave of revolt. This book provides a first comprehensive overview of this second wave, which is here analyzed from the standpoint of the popular struggle.
Lucas Van Milders & Harmonie Toros, 2020
The central question of this article is: can International Relations (IR) be studied without reproducing its violence? By exploring the disciplinary practices firmly grounded in relations of coloniality that plague disciplines more broadly, and IR in particular, the authors lay bare how increasing demands on IR scholars to become ‘international experts’ having impact on the policy world is pushing them more and more into spaces governed by colonial violence they are unable to escape. They conclude that IR does not need to be abandoned, but rather, by taking on a position of discomfort, needs to acknowledge its violence and attempt to mitigate it – one almost insignificant step at a time.
International Relations, September 2020
A special issue from International Relations journal covering topics of migration, climate change, cyber security and geopolitics.
Critical Studies on Security, September 2020
A special issue from the Critical Studies on Security Journal of the encounter between Science and Technology Studies and Critical Security Studies.
Heath-Kelly, C., Fernández de Mosteyrín, L. 2020.
In this article, the authors explore how discourses of the global war on terror are imported into Spanish political history and memory. Through a case study of the Basque Homeland and Liberty organisation (ETA), it explores the ways in which Spanish counter-extremism has been shaped by the global war on terror and how this has served to legitimize the casting of the ETA as apolitical, pathological terrorism. Central to the propagation of this discourse are the victims of terrorism themselves.
Gerasimos Tsourapas, 2020
This article argues that the rise of global migration flows has contributed to the emergence of “transnational authoritarianism” as autocracies aim to both maximize material gains from citizens’ “exit” and minimize political risks by controlling their “voice” abroad. Governments develop strategies of transnational repression, legitimation, and co-optation that transcend state borders, as well as co-operation with a range of non-state actors.
Natalya Vince, Fadma Ait Mous, and Kmar Bendana, 2020
This article surveys the continuities and differences of political and social histories of 20th century Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria that led to the emergence of individual women as political actors. It explores how, on their own terms, social and political dynamics at different times in these countries led to varying increases in women’s access to power, public visibility, access to political rights, and social freedoms.
Christian Henderson, 2020
This article reexamines the practice of land grabs by Gulf states in other countries of the region by illustrating how these extractive enclosures have become integrated into commodity chains. In doing so, the ways in which these projects create unequal surplus transfer between host country and Gulf states, how they facilitate the social and economic growth that sustains the survival of ruling monarchies, and how they constitute a part of the growing multipolarity in the regional and global economy, can be better understood.
This paper calculates the total number of displaced people in the eight post-9/11 wars in which U.S. forces have been most significantly involved, focussing on wars where the US military bears a clear responsibility for initiating armed combat or for being a significant participant in combat through drone strikes, battlefield advising, logistical support, arms sales, and other means. Their findings estimate 37 million people - that could be as high as 59 million - have been displaced as a result of these wars.
Through a case study of state and non-state actors in the Syrian conflict, this article explores the ways in which water can be weaponized both as a military tool or target, as a means of domination and legitimacy, and as a vehicle of cooperation; all of which involve the use of violence for strategic gain. In doing so, it outlines a new framework to classify strategies of water weaponization and the historical process that shape them.
Society and Space, September 2020
New issue from Society & Space with articles on race relations, nationalism, migration, and gender.
Mara Redlich Revkin, 2020
This article looks at displacement during the Islamic State’s rule in Mosul and finds that citizens’ decisions to leave or stay under the rebel regime were not only a result of social and economic factors (commonly agreed upon in the displacement literature), but also their experience with bad governance, weak rule and law affected decisions. The study finds that a significant minority of Mosul’s residents decided to stay in part because of the poor governance and services they received under government control.
Umut Ozguc, 2020
This article offers an alternative understanding of walls by suggesting a shift in border studies from network thinking to meshwork thinking. Through a case study of the Separation Wall in the West Bank, it reimagines the border beyond sovereign–disciplinary–biopolitical networks and assemblages and argues that border walls are constituted by and constitutive of the ever-shifting transformative movements of lines.
Benedetta Berti, 2020
This article explores the question of how rebel groups frame their wartime combatant identity in the context of their postwar political discourse. It traces the evolution of Hezbollah’s combatant identity and it examines how, over time, the group’s combatant identity, centered on the narrative of resistance, has been embedded and reframed to craft a broader political identity that shapes the group’s political behavior and strategies.
The Carter Center, 2020
This report provides an overview of US and European sanctions on Syria, their impact, and the potential lifting of these sanctions.
Cenap Cakmak, Professor of International Law and Politics, Anadolu University
Abstract deadline: September 30, 2020
This edited volume seeks to address several interconnected questions on the terms, circumstances and factors that make the dynamics of conditionality work or fail in the case of the EU-Turkey relationship. The contributors are expected to write a chapter focusing on one of the cases that can be associated with one or more chapters of the accession negotiations between Turkey and the EU. The analysis should be mainly based on primary sources and should be empirically and/or theoretically supported. There is no specific length requirement but anything in the 7-9,000-word range should be sufficient to provide a convincing argument. Those who are interested should first send a 300-word abstract to the editor Dr. Cenap Çakmak firstname.lastname@example.org
Conflict and Society journal
Abstract deadline: October 1, 2020
Conflict and Society journal is seeking to publish the work of critical scholars who aim to challenge the structural conditions of inequality that nurture institutionalized racism. In the issue of 2022, they would like to make a special section that focuses on institutionalized racism in everyday policing, and the relationship between diverse case-studies. They explicitly invite contributions from beyond the US and Western European context in order to highlight the multiplicity of ways in which policing and institutionalized racism are entangled.
Deadline: October 7, 2020
The conference is open to papers from all social science and allied disciplines and to scholars from the Arab region and the rest of the world. Applicants must hold at least an MA degree and be actively engaged in social science research. Papers may examine contemporary or historical phenomena. Comparative, cross-regional and global perspectives are particularly encouraged.
October 20, 2020
This is a cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional seminar series which aims to bring together a diverse body of early career researchers (Postdoc, PhD, and advanced masters), with critical interest in the Middle East region. It addresses the need for early career researchers working on that area to have a forum where they can: (1) present their work and receive feedback from peers and senior academics in the field, (2) engage with contemporary research designs and debates, and (3) develop trans-disciplinary and cross-institutional relationships with a view to facilitating further collaborations.
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Deadline: October 28, 2020
The Institute for Commonwealth Studies is inviting summary proposals (of no more than 200 words) for papers on subjects linked to the theme of decolonization, along with a brief biographical note for a series of panel discussions in their upcoming Decolonizaiton workshop.
London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research
Proposal deadline: October 31, 2020
The international interdisciplinary conference "Migrating World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Migration and Integration" aims to bring together scholars from around the world to exchange and share their ideas and research findings in all relevant aspects of migration and integration. It will provide an effective interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of migration, integration and cultural diversity.
St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Deadline to be announced
In recent years the “global 1960s” and the “global 1970s” have been the focus of much interest, popular as well as scholarly, but this interest has largely concerned itself with western Europe and the USA. This conference seeks to integrate the Middle East into the global perspectives used to understand these two decades.
Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 December 2020
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2021
Publication of the Issue: October/December 2021
Deadline: October 14, 2020
The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships is a three year award made to an annual cohort of outstanding early career researchers in the humanities or social sciences.
Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation
The $3 million Freedom Scholars program is a commitment to scholarship that is rooted in and supports movements led by Black and Indigenous people, migrants, queer and poor people, and People of Color. The awards support scholars who are shifting the balance of power to families and communities that have been historically excluded from the resources and benefits of society.
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Antipode is seeking proposals for research and writing, as well as less traditional scholarly forms, that might find a home in the pages of Antipode or on AntipodeOnline.org, the journal’s companion website. Such work will make a significant contribution towards transforming radical/critical geography into something more diverse, equitable and inclusive, making space for the voices of silenced or unheard struggles and emerging movements, pushing debates forward in novel ways of taking discussions in new directions.
(September 2, 2020)
Antoine Bousquet of Birkbeck and Jairus Grove of Hawaii in dialogue discuss what it really means for weapons of the past and future to be autonomous. They ask us to reconsider the framing of autonomy versus automated and to what extent they are conceptually distinct.
September 10, 2020
A discussion between Rim Turkmani, Michael Doran, and Professor Steven Simon on US policy in Syria.
The Critical Studies on Terrorism group (BISA)
The Critical Studies on Terrorism group of British International Studies Association has published parts of their annual conference held on 10 September 2020. You can listen to both the keynote speech and a roundtable: 'Rethinking CST' which was chaired by convener Raquel da Silva.
British International Studies Association, October 2
This roundtable brings together different subfields beyond ‘security studies’ narrowly defined, in order to discuss alternative visions of security. What areas are often overlooked in academic engagement with security? How can we, as scholars, better understand the practical processes underlying security policy-making? Can we – or should we – intervene in them?
Northern Marianus Humanities Council
October 2, 2020
Sophia Perez shares her work compiling a series of interviews to unpack the complex relationship between US forces and Mariana Islanders in relation to proposed large-scale military buildup and live-fire ranges on Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
A free online lecture series from September 2020 - March 2021
The Feinburg series is hosting a series of free, open to all, online lectures concerning the histories and futures of the global environmental emergency, looking at its roots and what can be done.
Middle East Directions, COAR
The conference will provide academic analysis and fieldwork-research findings on the main local dynamics and actors to question the features of the state ‘from below’ after nine years of conflict. The Syria conflict has fundamentally transformed Syria’s centralized authoritarian security state. It has resulted in territorial, security and economic fragmentation, in the failure of the central State to restore order and face economic challenges, and in the military interventions of external actors. Will post-conflict Syria be marked by a transactional state, a failed state or a fierce state? What are the implications for the international Syria response?
SOAS Department of Anthropology is hosting a series of online lectures through October to December on race, migration and diaspora politics.
The Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London
October 6, 2020
North Africa is rapidly transforming, but each of its five constituent countries are following markedly different trajectories. This online conference will identify cross-cutting themes and provide unique insights into the current challenges facing the countries that constitute this rapidly-transforming region.
October 8 - 9, 2020
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) present a panel discussion with journalist Linda Farthing and Pablo Solón, (Director of Fundacion Solon and Former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN) on the upcoming elections in Bolivia. Moderated by Bret Gustafson (Washington University in St. Louis).
Campaign Against the Arms Trade
October 6, 2020zProfessor Anna Stavrianakis outlines the complicity of UK arms manufacturers and Westminster government in breach of international law on sale of arms to regimes recognized by the same government as breaking human rights law. And then Yasmin Luqman, a British Yemeni activist, responds.
The Canadian Foreign Policy Institute & World Beyond War
October 15, 2020
Join a webinar with Green MP Paul Manly, NDP MP Leah Gazan and researcher & activist Tamara Lorincz on October 15 about the social, ecological and economic impact of Canada’s plan to purchase new fighter jets.
Security Flows, Research Centre in International Relations (RCIR)
October 22, 2020
Security Flows, Research Centre in International Relations (RCIR) and the Research Theme in International Relations & Ethics will host Dr Karine Côté-Boucher to launch her new book Border Frictions: Gender, Generation and Technology on the Frontline. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Sarah Perret, research associate and member of the Security Flows Project. Register here .
The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
October 27 — November 17, 2020
This course offers an interdisciplinary overview of the racism of British policing and its colonial roots. Using archival footage and texts, [it] will begin by investigating how colonial policing presented itself as a battle for “hearts and minds,” uncovering hidden histories of surveillance, violence, and collective punishment which disrupt popular perceptions of a peaceful end to Empire. [it] will focus on how racialized technologies of control were imported to the mother country, to control the “colored” immigrants for whom a more confrontational form of policing was needed. Lastly, on the 21st-century “war on terror” and “war on gangs,” charting the influence which racialized ideas and tactics of colonial policing on policing today. Why, to echo the Black Lives Matter slogan, is the UK “not innocent."
Duke University Trinity College of Arts and Sciences seeks distinguished candidates for two tenure-track professorships in Latinx Studies. These hires are part of an effort to increase the number of faculty with global perspectives and expertise across core departments, with support from the Office of the Provost and funded by The Duke Endowment.
A discussion with Jacob Mundy and New Books Network discussion with Jacob Mundy about his most recent book, Libya. Mundy guides audiences through the intricate maze of Libyan and foreign actors and institutions that define modern day Libya and its series of conflicts.