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Unfollow Follow Unblock. Other Affiliations:. The concept of 'the everyday': ephemeral politics and the abundance of life more. Against the background of a continuing interest in the everyday in international relations, this article asks what kind of analytics upon and within the world mobilises one through the concept of the everyday and what consequences this Against the background of a continuing interest in the everyday in international relations, this article asks what kind of analytics upon and within the world mobilises one through the concept of the everyday and what consequences this may have for thinking about politics.

In particular, it explores a conception of the the everyday that foregrounds the abundance of human life and ephemeral temporalities. The abundance of life invites a densification of politics combined with an emphasis on displacing levels or scales by associative horizontal relations.

The ephemeral introduces a conception of temporality that foregrounds the political significance of fleeting practices and the emergent nature of life. When applied to politics, this conception of the everyday performs politics as emergent, as possibilities that are not already defined by fixing what politics can possibly be. The order of politics is then understood as an immanently precarious succession of situations and practices in which lived political lives remain inherently aleatory, momentary and emergent rather than as an order of mastering the political.

The concept of the everyday, thus draws attention to the immanent elusiveness and fragility of politics as it loses its ground, its referent. Doi: International Relations Theory , Sociology of Everyday Life , International Political Theory , Critical International Relations Theory , Ephemerality , and Post structuralism and Critical theory in International Relations, political theory and cross-civilizational relations, issues of identity and difference in international relations theory.

Save to Library. Assembling credibility: knowledge, method and critique in times of 'post-truth' more. Critical approaches in security studies have been increasingly turning to methods and standards internal to knowledge practice to validate their knowledge claims. This quest for scientific standards now also operates against the We propose a different approach by conceptualizing validity as practices of assembling credibility in which the transversal formation and circulation of credits and credentials combine with disputes over credence and credulity.

This conceptualization of the validity of critical security knowledge shifts the focus from epistemic and methodological standards to transepistemic practices and relations. It allows us to mediate validity critically as a sociopolitical rather than strictly scientific accomplishment. In the past few years the relative success of international political sociology as an intellectual project has stimulated debates about its contribution to international studies.

The journal was created in , with the first issue published in It has been an intellectually fascinating ride. As such, it tried to articulate a strategy of openness and transversality that would circulate through, and connect, various intellectual terrains and could be filled in multiple ways Lisle in this volume; Basaran et al. In fact, IPS is not really an approach, let alone a school of thought, but more a signifier that connects people sharing a disposition toward traversing familiar, institutionalized repertoires of analysis; toward re-conceptualizing and displacing the questions that can be asked, the methods that can be used, the styles of arguing that are acceptable.

The particular forms this disposition takes depend on the lineages one draws on to do such transversal research. While this disposition has produced a rich and diverse conversation around innovative themes and strategies, we try to resist the tendency, not uncommon in intellectual movements such as IPS, to a certain normalization around empirically grounded research inspired by the shift to sociological, analytical, and methodological practices see Lisle in this volume.

Rather, we seek to offer some insights into how this project can retain its openness, its exploration of in-betweenness, as well as its potential as a site of contestation and critique of contemporary world politics. We try to foreground the contingencies and ambivalences that characterized the critical ambition of IPS at its inception. Journal Name: International Political Sociology. Democratic curiosity in times of surveillance more.

Democratic curiosity seeks to bring into analytical play the social and political power of little nothings — the power of subjects, things, practices, and relations that are rendered trivial — and the uncoordinated disputes they enact. Revisiting democracy from this angle is particularly pertinent in extitutional situations in which the organisation and practices of surveillance are spilling beyond their panoptic configurations.

Extitutional surveillance is strongly embedded in diffusing arrangements of power and ever more extensively enveloped in everyday life and banal devices. To a considerable degree these modes of surveillance escape democratic institutional repertoires that seek to bring broader societal concerns to bear upon surveillance. Extitutional enactments of democracy then become an important question for both security and surveillance studies.

Security , Security Studies , and Surveillance Studies. View on journals. Europe, knowledge, politics engaging with the limits more. Methods have increasingly been placed at the heart of theoretical and empirical research in International Relations IR and social sciences more generally. This article explores the role of methods in IR and argues that methods can be This article explores the role of methods in IR and argues that methods can be part of a critical project if reconceptualized away from neutral techniques of organizing empirical material and research design.

It proposes a two-pronged reconceptualization of critical methods as devices which enact worlds and acts which disrupt particular worlds. Developing this conceptualization allows us to foreground questions of knowledge and politics as stakes of method and methodology rather than exclusively of ontology, epistemology or theory. It also allows us to move away from the dominance of scientificity and its weaker versions of systematicity and rigour to understand methods as less pure, less formal, messier and more experimental, carrying substantive political visions.

On security speech acts and little security nothings. The main purpose of the article is to begin the framing of a research agenda that asks what political acts can be in diffuse security processes that efface securitizing speech acts. Security Studies and Critical Security Studies. Conclusion: insecurity and the everyday more. European citizenship is marked by a tension: between a citizenship that is derivative of the nation-state and a citizenship that is defined by free movement.

Approaching this tension as symptomatic of a deep-rooted contradiction between Approaching this tension as symptomatic of a deep-rooted contradiction between integration and mobility that is constitutive of modern social formations, this article develops a political sociology of mobility that challenges territorial and culturalist accounts of European citizenship. View on doi. This article argues that a political reading of mobility is instrumental for understanding the role of democracy within globalised structures of power.

Relegated to a socio-economic background that prompts new engagements with democracy, Relegated to a socio-economic background that prompts new engagements with democracy, mobility has been neglected as a condition of possibility and as a form of political democratic practice.

In this sense, practices of mobility are also democratic inscriptions of equality. View on mil. International politics of exception: competing visions of international political order between law and politics more.

Both political leaders and academics often claim exceptional times. But what does it mean to speak of exceptional politics in international relations? In one sense exceptionality is a descriptive category referring to a radical change in In one sense exceptionality is a descriptive category referring to a radical change in the sys- temic conditions of international politics. In this article a dif- ferent notion of exception is examined.

It refers to a particu- lar method of conceptualizing the nature of international political order. The exception defines political order by means of constitutional-legal reasoning in which different under- standings of the nature and status of international law and its political transgressions describe competing visions of inter- national political order. The focal point of this international politics of exception is not the traditional distinction between liberal and realist views of international politics but the con- stitutionalist triad of normativism, decisionism, and institu- tionalism.

Defining social constructivism in security studies: the normative dilemma of writing security more. The European Union and the securitisation of migration more. This article deals with the question of how migration has developed into a security issue in western Europe and how the European integration process is implicated in it.

Since the s, the political construction of migration Since the s, the political construction of migration increasingly referred to the destabilizing effects of migration on domestic integration and to the dangers for public order it implied.

The spillover of the internal market into a European internal security question mirrors these domestic developments at the European level. The Third Pillar on Justice and Home Affairs, the Schengen Agreements, and the Dublin Convention most visibly indicate that the European integration process is implicated in the development of a restrictive migration policy and the social construction of migration into a security question.

However, the political process of connecting migration to criminal and terrorist abuses of the internal market does not take place in isolation. It is related to a wider politicization in which immigrants and asylum-seekers are portrayed as a challenge to the protection of national identity and welfare provisions. Moreover, supporting the political construction of migration as a security issue impinges on and is embedded in the politics of belonging in western Europe.

It is an integral part of the wider technocratic and political process in which professional agen- cies — such as the police and customs — and political agents — such as social movements and political parties — debate and decide the criteria for legitimate membership of west European societies.

Migration and Security more. View on oro. View on blackwell-synergy. Know your Schmitt: a godfather of truth and the spectre of Nazism more. Security unbound. Enacting democratic limits more. Security concerns have mushroomed.

Increasingly numerous areas of life are governed by security policies and technologies. Security Unbound argues that when insecurities pervade how we relate to our neighbours, how we perceive Security Unbound argues that when insecurities pervade how we relate to our neighbours, how we perceive international politics, how governments formulate policies, at stake is not our security but our democracy.

Security is not in the first instance a right or value but a practice that challenges democratic institutions and actions. We are familiar with emergency policies in the name of national security challenging parliamentary processes, the space for political dissent, and fundamental rights. Yet, security practice and technology pervade society heavily in very mundane ways without raising national security crises, in particular through surveillance technology and the management of risks and uncertainties in many areas of life.

These more diffuse security practices create societies in which suspicion becomes a default way of relating and governing relations, ranging from neighbourhood relations over financial transactions to cross border mobility.

Security Unbound demonstrates that governing through suspicion poses serious challenges to democratic practice. Some of these challenges are familiar, such as the erosion of the right to privacy; others are less so, such as the post-human challenge to citizenship.


CCIG Lecture series: Jef Huysmans on Security and Democracy

In this lecture Jef Huysmans revisited the relation between democracy and security against the background of recent revelation of global surveillance practices. He argued for embracing a democratic curiosity when evaluating contemporary security practice. Democratic curiosity displaces attention from familiar often elite conceptions of power relations to the extremely ordinary ways in which the powers of security but also of democracy work. Rethinking the relation between democracy and security is particularly pertinent today when traditional democratic institutions are severely limited in the power they are exercising upon an increasingly diffuse organisation of security practice. Jef Huysmans holds a Chair in Security Studies.


Professor Jef Huysmans, PhD (Leuven), MA (Hull) BA (Leuven)

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