dimanche 21 avril 2013, par Dominique Taurisson-Mouret
12-13 December 2013
Brussels - Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
After years of academic neglect, colonial policing has recently attracted increasing attention. New historical insights on colonial security strategies and on their postcolonial vestiges (in the global South as well as in the former metropoles) testify to the dynamism of this field of research. The 2-day international conference is the last in a series of events convened by the GERN Working Group on (Post-)Colonial Policing. Pre ceding workshops have focused on policing in the British, French, Belgian and Dutch, and finally Portuguese Empires and have addressed various aspects of policing, surveillance and security experiences. Building on these explorations, the aim of this final conference is to spur new reflection and discussion on connectivity, continuity and change across the (former) European Empires and to promote a multi-sited and comparative approach to colonial policing practices and their legacies in the postcolonial world. It intends to bring together researchers and research evidence from different areas of the world and of specialization, and to foster cross-disciplinary and cross-empire debates through innovative case-studies related to the broad themes of the conference. In order to open new perspectives, we invite papers that transcend traditional definitions and paradigms of policing in 19th and 20th century colonial contexts. This entails debates not limited to police services but embracing other actors, strategies and techniques which were also part of the colonial law and order apparatus, as well as analysis going beyond institutional approaches and state boundaries. In both cases, we would like to discuss formal and informal interactions of colonial security norms and projects with the social and spatial realities of the policed.
The conference will be organized along three major themes : social control, political transition and (post-)colonial legacies. These will provide a flexible framework allowing to explore a wide range of topics, including but not limited to :
(The above list is only indicative and papers on all aspects of the broad themes of the conference are welcome)
For paper proposals, please submit a title, a 250-word abstract and a short biography in English by May 1st, 2013 to policingempires.conference2013 chez gmail.com
Authors will be sent notifications of acceptance or rejection by email before June 1st, 2013 and complete papers will be due on November 1st, 2013. Selected proceedings of the conference will be published.
A limited budget to help with travel and/or accommodation expenses may be made available (with preference given to junior and low-income scholars)
Please note that these funds are very limited : participants are therefore encouraged to find their own sources of financial support.
For more information, please contact policingempires.conference2013 chez gmail.com
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