Diamond Workshop 1, The Diamond
32 Leavygreave Rd, Broomhall, Sheffield S3 7RD


05 Dec 2022


12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Militarisation and Carceral Landscapes: Researching Porous Boundaries of Militaries, Policing, and Everyday Violence

This training is open to all ESRC and non-ESRC funded PhD and MA Social Research students within the WRDTP’s seven partner universities. PGRs from all seven interdisciplinary Pathways are welcome to attend.

Set against the current backdrop of global war, militarisation, and rising prison populations all around the world, this event convenes researchers whose work investigates overlapping terrains of militarisation and carceral power. In a panel discussion format followed by interactive discussion among panelists and PGRs, we will consider questions of CIA rendition, drone surveillance, policing the postcolonial state, and everyday forms of policing and militarisation. Through interactive engagement, we will continue the SJC pathway’s 2020 discussion of policing in an age of protest, exploring linkages between militarisation and carceral power as produced in and through one another. Panelists will speak specifically to questions of method—how do we understand militarised sites that are often deliberately hidden from view? How do we develop new methods to grapple with limited access to sites such as military prisons? How can our research contribute to advocacy that seeks to reduce violence, torture, and detention?

Through research presentations of scholars at various career stages, this event will provide PGRs with a sense of the different “windows” researchers have used to explore linkages between different forms of militarisation. The panel will reflect a variety of methodological approaches and conceptual (interdisciplinary) contributions and make space for overt discussion of these considerations as PGRs develop their own research agendas.

This in-person training event of the Security, Conflict and Justice Pathway is relevant to all WRDTP students whose research is located in contested fields of social/political conflict and embedded (in)justice. It will offer critical insights into how academic research can respond and contribute to challenges of militarization and incarceration.

This training session will be delivered face-to-face at the University of Sheffield. This event will not be recorded.