Baines Wing Lecture Theatre 2.34


Baines Wing Lecture Theatre 2.34
University of Leeds


22 May 2019 - 23 May 2019


Finishing afternoon of 23 May @ 3.00pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

SCJ: New Directions in Security Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Security, Conflict and Justice (SCJ) Pathway event open to students from All Pathways

The meaning and scope of ‘security’ are highly contested around a number of perennial questions: What should the referent object of security be? What threats should define the study and the policies of security? Which actors should be entrusted to respond to security threats? At what cost should security be achieved? How should security be studied and what forms the basis of reliable knowledge in this area? How important is theoretical reflection and innovation to security practice? In recent years, conventional discourses in Security Studies have been challenged by an array of alternative approaches – including securitization, practice theory, visual approaches, and biopolitics – which have brought new insights and concepts into the study of security. Early career researchers have played a key role in this evolving security studies terrain. At the same time, many contemporary security challenges, defined by evolving social, technological and normative contexts, defy narrow disciplinary boundaries and blur the distinction between traditional academic categories.

This workshop will:

  • Bring together PhD researchers, early career academics and established academics to explore the evolving security studies landscape.
  • Facilitate professional development for early career academics in this field, for example in terms of deepening understanding of how to make an intervention in key security studies debates, how to publish in leading journals, and how to engage with innovative methodologies.
  • Support debate about new directions in security studies across disciplines in order to explore what might be meant by ‘interdisciplinary security studies’ and how this can be envisioned.
  • Allow scholars who work at the interface between different disciplinary approaches, and those who have ventured into ‘alien’ disciplinary territory, to discuss the added value and challenges of thinking beyond disciplines.
  • Facilitate discussion of the societal ‘value’ and impact of academic security studies, given the gap that is sometimes seen to exist between theoretical security studies and policy challenges.
  • Allow an introspective reflection on diversity and inclusivity of security studies, from the perspectives of gender, race, and class.

Learning outcomes and development opportunities

This workshop will be designed around the professional development/training needs of PhD students in a number of ways:

  • Networking and academic development: Students will benefit from engaging with debates and with other participants, many of whom will be established academics.
  • Students will be encouraged to present a paper, providing an opportunity to present alongside established academics and receive feedback on their work.
  • All presenters will gear their presentations to addressing certain themes that will be of interest to PhD students, such as questions about research design/methodology, the challenges of interdisciplinarity, and how to make an intervention into key debates.
  • Where possible, other professional development themes will be addressed, such as publishing.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from these Pathway Specific Training sessions. The WRDTP cannot reimburse travel costs to these sessions.

This is a Security, Conflict and Justice (SCJ) Pathway organised event however it is open to students from all Pathways if the themes and topics would be useful to you in your research. Attendance is encouraged from students at all stages/ years of their PhD studies however paper contributions are encouraged from PhD students at the latter stages of their research.

Provisional Programme

9.00-9.30am Registration and refreshments
9.30-9.40am Welcome by conference organisers

Panel 1: New Directions is Securitisation

  • Dr Rita Floyd (University of Birmingham): The Morality of Security – A Theory of Securitisation.
  • Prof. Adam Crawford (University of Leeds): Temporalities in security – Long-term sustainability, the everyday and the emergent in the Anthropocene.
  • Dr David Churchill (University of Leeds): Security, technologies and commodification.
11.00-11.15am Break

Panel 2: Emerging Themes in Security Research (10 minute pitches)

  • Dr Susan Forde (University of York): Spaces of violence and the violence of space in (post) violence Cape Town.
  • Dr Jack Holland (University of Leeds): Security Studies as Science/Fiction – Theory, Methods and a Dividing Discipline.
  • James Greenwood-Reeves (University of Leeds): Vehicles of Control – The Securitisation of Automobility in the UK.
  • Joao Terrenas (University of York): After Critique – Taking security as emancipation from theory to praxis.
  • Adam Ferhani (University of Sheffield): Health (In)security as Practice – An Ethnographic Approach.
12.45-1.45pm Lunch

Panel 3: New Directions in Interventions and Conflict (10 minute pitches)

  • Dr Nick Ritchie (University of York): Humanitarianism, resistance and nuclear hegemony.
  • Dr Rebecca Engel (University of York): The political economy of peacebuilding: International interventions and the implications for violent conflict.
  • Amna Kaleem (University of Sheffield): Securitised Citizenship – Prevent and the making of Counter-Terrorism Citizens.
  • Natalie James (University of Leeds): Experiences of the Prevent duty in Greater Manchester’s Further Education sector.
  • Dr Claire Smith (University of York): The shift to illiberal peacebuilding- Meaning and practice.

Professional development Café 1 (break-out sessions)

  • Meet the editors: Colleagues with experience in editing journals, talking about submission of articles (Adam Crawford, Edward Newman – further details to be confirmed).
  • Writing your first book: Colleagues with recently published books, talking about the experience of writing a book (Jack Holland, David Churchill – further details for be confirmed).
  • More sessions to be added closer to the date of the conference.
4.30-5.50pm Centre for Security Studies inaugural lecture: Prof. Nick Wheeler (University of Birmingham).
6.00pm Food/wine reception, University House

Panel 4: The Politics of Security: Gender, Race and Emotions (10 minutes pitches)

  • Dr Harriet Gray (University of York): Refugees as/at risk – The gendered and racialized underpinnings of securitisation in British media narratives.
  • Dr Nick Robinson (University of Leeds): Security, Emotions and Popular culture: Feeling the Aesthetic (War) Subject? Military videogames to provoke methods-based reflection.
  • Dr Alice Nah (University of York): Experiences on (in)security in high risk/cost human rights activism.
  • Dr Tom Martin (University of York): Thoughts on a critical security politics.
11.00-11.30am Break

Panel 5: New Perspectives on Violence and Boarders (10 minute pitches)

  • Dr Olayinka Ajala (University of York): Vigilantism as a counter-terrorism mechanism – Understanding new patterns of insurgency.
  • Elisabeth Schweiger (University of York): Droning silence – Secrecy, acquiescence and the ambiguity of listening.
  • Dr Jacob Eriksson (University of York): A critical analysis of the relationship between territory and Israeli security.
  • Dr Alex Hall (University of York): Security, volunteering and the politics of the ‘minor border.’
1.00pm – 1.45pm Lunch

Professional development Café 2 (break-out sessions)

  • Getting your first academic job: Colleagues sharing their experience, and talking 1-2-1 with students (Jacob Eriksson, Rebecca Engel – further details to be confirmed)
  • Getting your first grant: colleagues sharing their experience and talking 1-2-1 with students (Nick Robinson – further details to be confirmed).