NordSTEVA workshop: Studying Nordic Societal Security: Threat- or Risk-Based Discourses? – University of Copenhagen

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16 November 2017

NordSTEVA workshop: Studying Nordic Societal Security: Threat- or Risk-Based Discourses?

Time:

 16-17th of November 2017
Place:

Stockholm University


NordSTEVA organises the workshob Studying Nordic Societal Security: Threat- or Risk-Based Discourses? at the Graduate School of International Studies at Stockholm University at the 16-17th of November 2017.

The shift in security thinking from traditional threat-based approaches to widened conceptions of
‘societal security’, including both threats and risks, have revitalized the security literature and understandings of national security in several respects. On the one hand, concrete threat conceptions and traditional security politics remain in place, although the nature and form of the threats have expanded. On the other hand, we can observe the influence of risk analysis in security politics, accentuating that security is also driven forward in the shape of preemptive and long-term policy measures directed at protecting certain values and functions from security risks that are temporally and spatially bound up with higher degrees of uncertainty. This transformation has consequences for how security is constructed, understood and acted upon in our time.

This ‘working workshop’ will explore the nature of this change and its potential consequences, both empirically and theoretically. This includes an interest in the national discourses of security politics in which threats and risks are constructed and represented as security problems -- as well as the security policies through which security becomes manifested in our societies. Special emphasis will be placed on material and methods used to study these phenomena, with the aim of jointly supporting several NordSTEVA projects taking place amongst partner institutions.

Programme:

Thursday, 16 November

19:00 Workshop Dinner

TBD

Friday, 17 November

Location for all sessions is classroom A900, in Wing A of the Southern House (Södra huset)

building, at the Department of Economic History, located on the 9th floor.

09:00 - 09:30 Welcome and Introduction

Jonatan Stiglund, PhD student in international relations, Stockholm University

Peter Burgess, Director, NordSTEVA

09:30 – 10:40 Panel 1: Shifting Security Discourses in the Nordic Region

Jonatan Stiglund, PhD student in international relations, Stockholm University

Sindre Aske Høyland, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Stavanger

Discussant: Ian Higham, PhD student in political science, Stockholm University

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:10 Panel 2: Studying the ‘Societal Security’ Concept

Kirsten Voight Juhl, Associate Professor, University of Stavanger

Peter Burgess, Director, NordSTEVA

Discussant: Mark Rhinard, Professor, Stockholm University

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch at the Faculty Club, Stockholm University

14:00 – 14:45 Workshop Session 1: Identified Challenges and Ways to Deal with Them
(Identify common problems and potential solutions, for example concerning access to interviews and the relationship between governmental “discourse” and security “practice”)

Stefan Borg, Assistant Professor, Stockholm University

Kirsten Voight Juhl, Associate Professor, University of Stavanger

Sissel Haugdal Jore (*TBC), Associate Professor, University of Stavanger

Group Discussion

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:00 Workshop Session 2: The Way Forward

Brief Individual reflections (on how and where each project fits and does not fit within the broader issues discussed followed by joint discussion about in which selected areas that cooperation will be most beneficial for all involved)

Joint discussion on potential next steps

Concluding remarks

16:00 End of Workshop