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Date: 2016-07-27
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Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Call for Papers: St Antony’s International Review - The Politics of Uncertainty: Security, Risk & the State in the 21st Century

St Antony’s International Review

Call for Papers

The Politics of Uncertainty: Security, Risk & the State in the 21st Century

Abstracts of 500 words to be submitted no later than 31 August 2016 Final articles of max. 8000 words due by 21 October 2016
The issue is scheduled for publication in May 2017

In a 2002 speech, former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld infamously exemplified the ever- expanding terrain of security politics: “The message is that there are no “knowns” ...There are known unknowns ... But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know... And each year, we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns.” Novel dangers and perceived threats - from the rise of malevolent non-state actors to environmental decline - are challenging the foundations upon which traditional security policy has been built. The 21st century state is in a position of perpetual anxiety, attempting to predict and prevent events long before they occur.

To take stock of these developments, STAIR is calling for papers that offer ways to conceptualise and evaluate the emergent security environment, and the state’s unprecedented measures to navigate it. Responding to the spectre of terrorism, the United States has, so far, sunk some $1.7 trillion into managing its Global War on Terror. At home, Butler’s “vigilant homeland security citizen” is being asked to treat public spaces as milieus for detecting and reporting potential threats. Meanwhile, the state seeks to contain “agentless” dangers, from the melting Arctic ice caps to evolving pathogens. Our special issue provides a platform for weaving together such seemingly separate developments - from the economic to the cultural to the political - into larger frameworks of security and securitisation.

Transcending disciplinary boundaries, we seek contributions from a variety of academic perspectives. Work from experts in eg. Strategic Studies, Criminology, Economics, International Relations, Sociology, Area Studies, and disciplines of transnational importance - such as climate change, global health and migration - are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical approaches to contemporary security, securitisation and risk management

  • Evolving counter-terrorism practices

  • Government mass surveillance

  • Precautionary principles and the rise of preventive war

  • The management of global financial instabilities

  • Health risks and disease in the era of globalisation

  • Security and free speech

  • Policing and controlling borders and the flow of persons

  • Climate change and state security practice

    Please submit your abstracts to kira.huju@politics.ox.ac.uk. For more details regarding the submission procedures, please consult www.stair-journal.org.


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