Mobility, Security, Territory & Post-Politics

Really good sounding call for papers from Mekonnen Tesfahuney and Richard Ek, copied below.

Call for papers: Mobility, Security, Territory & Post-Politics
Mekonnen Tesfahuney
(Karlstad University)
Richard Ek
(Lund University)

The post-political forecloses politics proper. Post-politics forecloses
conflicts, neutralizes dissent and alternatives in violent ways (Diken
2009). Post-polis is a de-politicized space, one that reduces politics to
techno-managerial governance (Swyngedouw 2011). A defining trait of the
post-political is the ³technicalization of politics² such that ³politics is
re-cast as problematizing activity, one that shifts the focus away from
social conflicts and toward the management of social life² (Ong 2006: 178).
The post-polis creates new forms of regulating societies, territories and
mobilities, i.e. implies new ways space-time manipulation (ibid.).
A key challenge in the post-political contemporary, involves issues of
mobility, security and territory. Geographers have a key role in shedding
light on the implications of the post-political contemporary and contribute
to re-politicizations of space and ³geographies of responsibility² (Massey
2004). What kinds of agonistics geographies and ways of re-claiming the
spaces of the political? How can resistance and alternatives to the
post-political order be formulated? There is no lack of literature covering
these fields in constructive and critical veins. Yet, we feel that there is
a need to address mobility, security and territory in an integrative way (as
a triad), with view to flesh out their implications for more responsible
geographies in the post-political contemporary.
In post-polis, a concept with focus on the political organization of urban
society (Tesfahuney & Schough 2008), the distinctions between the outside
and the inside, imagined communities and clearly demarcated political
belongings/citizenships are reworked in new ways. In what ways are
bio-politics and mobility, security and territory reworked in post-polis.
Mobility as a governmental performativity functions as a force that also
segments society and enacts differential mobility spaces, creating not only
a ³closer² world but also ³closed-off worlds² (³secured² and ³sorted²)
territories, etc., have to be addressed (Tesfahuney & Dahlstedt 2008). The
securitization of everyday life and space are key aspects of the post-polis.
In sum, the variegated landscapes of time-space compression in relation to
security, mobility and territory how these bear on the biopolitical.
The organizers welcome abstracts that address mobility, security, space and
the post-political. Issues that could be covered include (suggestive but not
–      Power-geometries/power-topologies of post-politics
–      New security logics and securitizations of space in relation to
cities and territorial states;
–      The securitization of space, (geo)politics of fear, the spatialities
of the camp
–      Mobile subjectivities and the politics of mobility
–      The differential mobilities and access to space in the post-political
–      Whither planning in post-polis?
–      The manifold re-workings of citizenships
–      Post-democracy, nihilism and political geography,
–      Reclaiming the post-polis, resistance and alternative city futures

If you are interested in participating in this session, please submit an
abstract via the conference website
>  between November 1 2012 through January 31 2013.

Please feel free to ask Richard Ek ( or Mekonnen
Tesfahuney ( any questions related to this session.


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