Early next month I’ll be travelling to the centre for Security and Society at the University of Freiburg for an event on Security Dispositifs from the 10-11th May, organised by Serhat Karakayali, Sven Opitz, Ulrich Bröckling and Stefan Kaufmann. Claudia Aradau is giving the keynote talk: Terrorism, Crowded Places and the Time/Space of Security and the conference brings together a range of scholarship from IR, Geography, Sociology Criminology, Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, including papers from Andrew Neal and Chris Zebrowski, Ben Anderson, Luis Lobo-Guerrero, Nadine Voelkner, among others.
It sounds excellent and the rationale is:
“For about a decade, issues of security have been high on the agenda of societal debate. The social sciences and the humanities have been quick to analyze the impacts of such strivings for heightened security. However, due to the different perspectives on different subjects, interdisciplinary dialogue has been rare. This is especially the case in the German academic context, where a field such as “security studies” does not exist. This workshop therefore aims at rectifying this omission. It brings together scholars from different disciplines in order to allow for synergetic effects in the research on security.”
I’ll be giving another version of my ‘security atmospheres’ paper which is becoming a bit unwieldy the more I flesh it out. Instead I’ll give a part of the paper and use a couple of the vignettes I use in the larger peice. I’m trying to look at some similar theoretical questions to those Elden has posed alongside Sloterdijk, Weizman (the videoed talk which I’ve seen all of now is great) and his work on territory, but also push out the material-affective relations which Sloterdijk brings to the foreground as the intimate and shared spaces, shapes or spheres we are caught up in, and as explored elsewhere by Ben Anderson as ‘affective atmospheres’ and Francisco Klauser in the security contexts of megaevents. I try to deepen these more systematically through a range of 8 or 9 key ways that security is becoming atmospheric whilst trying to draw Sloterdijk into conversation with other ways of thinking relations (like Nancy who i’m getting to grips with), and of course security. So far I’ve mapped these out as assemblage, as confusion, as sympathy, excess, as enthusiasm, confidence, arrival, and more substantially as atmospheres become security’s object/target.