ASC Seminar by Thomas Kirsch: Securing security. Thoughts on the Proliferation of ‘Security' in South Africa (and Elsewhere)

Donderdag 08 Februari 2018, 11:00 - 12:30

Drawing on ethnographic case studies on crime and crime prevention in present-day urban South Africa, this seminar starts out from the empirical observation that, once they have been implemented, security measures like the employment of CCTV cameras, security guards or barbed-wire fences need to be secured if they are to be maintained in the face of potentially adversarial forces. It is for this reason that security measures are not self-supporting stand-alones but embedded in and sustained by further security linkages. Diverse ethnographic examples will show that this process entails a “rooting" of security in the specific sociocultural contexts in which it is brought to bear. It deals  with the recursive dynamic of "securing security”, thus addressing a seemingly paradoxical way in which security agendas proliferate through a capillary permeation of ever more domains of life in South Africa (and elsewhere). Please note this seminar begins at 11.00 instead of the customary 15.30. Please register


Locatie ASC
Pieter de la Court building, Wassenaarseweg 52