Book Launch: The International in Security, Security in the International

Prof. Pınar Bilgin, Bilkent University
When: 16 February 2017, 17.00-19.00
Where: War Studies Meeting Room K6.07, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
Speakers: Prof Pinar Bilgin in conversation with Dr Claudia Aradau and Prof Vivienne Jabri
Free registration: http://bit.ly/2k0qxvJ

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Seeking to further debates surrounding thinking beyond the ‘West/non-West’ divide, this book analyzes how scholarship on, and conceptions of, the international outside core contexts are tied up with peripheral actors’ search for security. Accordingly, Bilgin looks at core/periphery dynamics not only in terms of the production of knowledge in the production of IR scholarship, or material threats, but also peripheral actors’ conceptions of the international in terms of ‘standard of civilization’ and their more contemporary guises, which she terms as ‘hierarchy in anarchical society’.

Pınar Bilgin is Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University. She is the author of Regional Security in the Middle East: A Critical Perspective (2005), The International in Security, Security in the International (2016) and co-editor of Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology (With Xavier Guillaume, forthcoming in 2017), Asia in International Relations: Unthinking Imperial Power Relations (with L.H.M. Ling, forthcoming in 2017). She was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at WWIC, Washington DC in 2006-07 and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London in 2013-14. She was a visiting professor at the Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies of the University of Southern Denmark and a visiting scholar at the Center for the Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) at the University of Copenhagen during 2015-16. She served as Associate Editor of Security Dialogue during 2008-2013 and Associate Editor of International Political Sociology during 2012-2017. She is the co-editor (with Monica Herz) of the new Palgrave book series, Critical Security Studies in the Global South.

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Photo Exhibition Launch: Humans of Calais: Migration from the Perspective of Migrants – 11 November 2016

This photo exhibition of daily life in the refugee camp in Calais is the result of the research project Humans of Calais, which gives migrants a voice in order to understand their experiences from their own perspective. Residents of the Calais camp were given disposable cameras to record their daily lives in the camp. These visual snapshots, and the migrants’ narratives that accompany them, offer a unique insight into the ways in which migrants build their lives under difficult and makeshift circumstances, whilst also showing their ideas and dreams.

The exhibition launch will be an opportunity to view the exhibition and to learn more about the research project from the researchers, who will also present their research report. Refreshments will be provided.

Researchers: Signe Sofie Hansen, Tara Flores, Ishita Singh and Layla Mohseni

Friday 11 November 2016, 17:00-19:00

War Studies Meeting Room, K6.07, King’s College London

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The field of Eurocracy

Conference with Prof. Didier Georgakakis 6 May, 3:30 – 5:30pm, K2.31 Nash Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor King’s Building, Strand Campus

The Research Centre for International Relations (RCIR) is delighted to host Prof. Georgakakis (Université Paris – la Sorbonne) who will deliver a talk on the field of Eurocracy. This event is organised in the framework of the EU-funded SOURCE project in which researchers of the RCIR are mapping the professions and institutions of security in Europe.

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SOURCE and DTC Special Workshop on Creating and Managing Data

Methods workshop, 6 May, 10am-3pm, 2.21 Waterloo Bridge Wing, Waterloo Campus

For students who are interested in building a database, this special session will present an online, open-access and user-friendly environment to design, create, structure and manage rich datasets. For students who have followed the DTC-course on Visualising Security, this special session will tackle the methodological operations that come before visualising data, i.e. creating and managing data. The workshop will be co-organised with the SOURCE project, which focuses on mapping the institutions and professions of security in Europe. To this end, it is developing a relational database that will be used to gather, centralise and organise data generated by researchers. Continue reading

RCIR reports: SOURCE Small seminar series on societal security, inequality, and development

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In March and April 2015, the SOURCE project team at KCL RCIR, led by Didier Bigo and Mederic Martin Mazé is convening a series of seminars to investigate the relations between societal security, international development and social policies from an international and European perspective. In these short pieces, Mederic briefly reports the debates and research expounded in the three seminars. Please note the third seminar in the series will be held on Thursday 2nd of april, all are welcome. Continue reading

Why Colombia recycles its wars? Maria Teresa Ronderos talk at RCIR

22nd of January from 2pm – 3.30pm. King’s College London, Waterloo Campus, Franklin Wilking Building, Room 75, ground floor.

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Maria Teresa Ronderos will be presenting her book at RCIR, focusing on the question of why Colombia recycles its wars. The book, Guerras Recicladas, is a history of the paramilitary in Colombia that seeks to answer this question. Maria Teresa shall also be discussing issues of freedom of the press following from the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Continue reading