Cultures of (In)Security in Comparison - 31 May 2015

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Themed Issue Dedalus Journal | Project CILM

Dedalus Journal: Issue edited by Susana Araújo | Susana S. Martins | Carlos Garrido Castellano

The culture of (in)security which threatens contemporary societies did not begin with '9/11' (nor with its European counterparts '11M' [Madrid] and '7/7' [London]), nor more significantly with the ensuing 'War on Terror,' but many meanings, practices and policies associated with security have been seriously re-examined in the last decades.
These landmark events have not been the only sources of anxiety under analysis. Of late, different sources of insecurity (from the global financial crisis to natural catastrophes) have been recently (re-)exposed, inviting us, on the one hand, to re-evaluate the meanings and effects of a "culture of risk" and, on the other, to reconsider dangers overlooked by political agendas.
Recent works dealing with "cultures of security" are now beginning to consider its new global logic, but few of them have addressed security as a cultural trend open to comparative analyses. What is insecurity as a cultural formation? How does security become culture, i.e. cultural object, cultural logic or cultural artefact? Where does it come from and where does it go? How can the causes and effects of different sources of (in)security be compared?
Comparative and cultural studies approaches to insecurity are, thus, pressing if we want to understand the new movements and directions of contemporary cultures as shaped by fear and (in)security. By insisting on the binominal term "(in)security" we are, of course, suggesting a reflection about the dichotomous relationship implicit in current practices of security and in the creation of new cultural foci of insecurity and risk.
By considering local and global realities, as well as general and specific cultural objects, this special issue aims to interrogate, examine and compare cultural formations of insecurity which have emerged in the age of late capitalism, leading us to revisit the very meanings of the word "security" and forcing us to reconsider what it is that western and non-western subjects truly aim to "secure".

31st MAY 2015: Submission of Full Papers (5000-7000 words). Authors are also advised to send a 300-word abstract before 31st MARCH 2015
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