Securitization, Power, and Pratice - a CAST Lecture with Professor Michael C. Williams

What is the potential for expanding the theoretical and empirical purchase of securitization theory? How can we further develop securitization theory so that it enables us to grasp some of the complex and often counter-intuitive aspects of security politics? Professor Michael C. Williams explores these and many other questions in his talk on securitization theory, migration and the European security field. By looking at the relationship between the EU and migration, Professor Williams suggests that to reach its full potential, securitization theory needs to develop two underexplored dimensions of its analytic framework: the broad question of power, and the narrower question of the forms of power operating in specific forms of practice.

Discussant: Ole Wæver, Professor and Director of CAST

Chair: Trine Villumsen, Post.doc. at CAST

Michael C. Williams is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is an expert on International Relations theory, security studies, and political thought, and has published several articles and books, including The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Culture and Security: Symbolic Power and the Politics of International Security (Routledge, 2007). He is currently completing a major research project with Dr. Rita Abrahamsen on the globalization of private security.