CA Public Advisory Board Session 1-- Thematizing Security

Roundtable Discussion

Friday, December 4, 2009  

12:15-1:30 pm; 1st Floor Courtyard Marriott

"From Swine Flu to Bear Markets: Thematizing (In)Security"

How is anthropology engaged in security studies? In what ways is anthropology able to offer a different perspective within security discourse? What are the limits of security scholarship—both ethically and empirically—and what topics should be under consideration as Cultural Anthropology works to expand its publishing and readership in these new areas of research? These are a few of the many questions that surround security studies scholarship. Responding to the recent rash of insecurities, ranging from climate-related disasters to financial collapses and anticipations of flu pandemics, this roundtable brings together a diverse group of authors to discuss the future role of anthropology within security research.   The goal of this session is to bring authors and audience together for a lively conversation about the future of security research and the ways in which this scholarship can engage a wide range of readers. The panel follows on publication of a Cultural Anthropology virtual issue on security.  Please visit the issue, read the discussions and come with your own questions and insights! 

Panelist Profiles: 

Didier Fassin, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) and Université de Paris, Nord. The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood (with Richard Rechtman). Princeton University Press, 2009. 

Joseph Masco, University of Chicago. The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico. Princeton University Press, 2006.

Benjamin Orlove, University of California Davis. Darkening Peaks: Glacier Retreat, Science and Society. (Ed. With Ellen Wiegandt and Brian H. Luckman). University of California Press, 2008. 

Cultural Anthroplogy Virtual Issue on Security

Conversation with the Authors