We are seeking to fill a remaining spot on our panel submission for ISA 2014. The conference will take place in Toronto 26-29 March 2014.
The panel is entitled 'The micropolitics of global emergency: spaces, places, and people' (abstract below). We have one remaining spot to fill to meet the 5 paper requirement. We are hoping to attract scholars who have conducted fieldwork.
Basically, the panel will explore (1) how various global and local actors respond to conditions on the ground of peacebuilding, aid and development contexts, and (2) how these conditions are shaped by the structural and pragmatic constraints of global conventions. Post ISA goals include submitting as a special section and exploring other publication possibilities.
The micropolitics of global emergency: spaces, places, and people
Interventions into (post-) conflict and disaster settings encompass a variety of spatial and relational dimensions. For example, they establish safe havens and buffer zones, provide temporary shelter and reconstruction, resettle displaced persons, develop capacity, mediate conflict, and create walled compounds from which these operations are directed. A global emergency imaginary, geopolitics of aid and security, and global governance bureaucracy underpin these interventions. Global emergency spaces thus share features that demonstrate a globalized will to save, improve, and fortify. However, a core tension exists between how these emergencies are imagined and how they uniquely express the struggles of international and local actors with global conventions, preconceived ideas, and structural constraints. Despite attempts to manage, stabilize, and secure episodes of crisis, interventions targeting emergency both order and disorder. The emergency imaginary, in scholarly and practitioner worlds, typically conceptualizes sites of intervention as objects of transformation—liminal, transitional, and passive. This panel re-describes these sites as social, relational, and transformative. It focuses on the micropolitics of global emergency and calls attention to the interconnections among spaces, places, and people. This includes how actors concentrate in and on specific locals, the vicissitudes of emergency economies, and struggles with community engagement, time-defined mandates, targets and assessments, and top-down approaches.
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