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Academy Colloquium: Securing the World. Global Perspectives on Security History in the Long Nineteenth Century

25 sep - 27 sep 2017
Van 9:30 - 16:00uur

In this colloquium, a select group of speakers from around the world will historicise security in the nineteenth century, explicitly considering the notion of security not only from a Western perspective, but also setting Middle Eastern, African and Asian histories of insecurity centre stage.

The main empirical question is how the genealogy of emerging global and/or regional security vocabularies, practices and cultures from the Napoleonic era onwards should be described, analysed and mapped:

  • Who spoke authoritatively of security, who operated the securitisation processes and which groups wielded sufficient power to persuade and perform their securitising moves?
  • What new methods of security governance and risk assessment techniques were invoked, legitimised and deployed by the embracement of threats on the agenda?

The speakers will also consider the common or differing practices and approaches across the globe on securing geographical domains such as seas, rivers and forests. And, as importantly, which voices were silenced in the wake of these ongoing processes of securitization? Which lines of inclusion and exclusion were drawn, and how did security in the nineteenth century develop into a driving force in the history both of empire and of the modern nation state?

The event will be followed by a masterclass for PhD students in the afternoon of 27 September 2017.

Prof. B.A. de Graaf, Dr. H.O. Ozavci (Utrecht University)

Find the program here.


Het KNHG is de grootste organisatie van professionele historici in Nederland. Het biedt een platform aan de ruim 1100 leden en aan de historische gemeenschap als geheel. Wordt lid van het KNHG.
Terug naar de bron: de geschiedenis ontrafeld met nieuwe technologie. Dat is de missie van het Huygens ING, een onderzoeksinstituut op het gebied van geschiedenis en cultuur.