I first came across Jef Huysmans’ work when researching my PhD proposal, and was particularly interested by his semiotic approach to the study of security in his 1998 paper ‘Security! What Do You Mean? From Concept to Thick Signifier’.
More recently as part of my Geopolitics and Cybersecurity PhD training I have been looking at computer security and the background, application and biopolitical implications of biometric security systems, which has led me to explore the relationships between security, surveillance, democracy and identity in a similarly cross-disciplinary manner.
I am therefore very much looking forward to a keynote lecture being given by Huysmans at the Open University campus in London on 8th May entitled ‘Being on The Line : Citizenship, Identities and Governance in Times of Crises’.
The talk is part of the CCIG Lecture Series, with Claudia Aradau and Marieke de Goede as discussants. It promises to be a really interesting event.