CFP BSA 2016 Panel on Deviant Practices/Forces of Power in Contemporary Security and Terrorism Discourse(s)

Deviant Practices/Forces of Power in Contemporary Security and Terrorism Discourse(s):

Panel proposal for the British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual International Conference 2016, 15th to 17th June 2016, Edinburgh, UK.

Recent work in both critical security and critical terrorism studies has brought to prominence the impact of alternative forms of power within security and terrorism discourse(s). Leading from this, the panel will take a poststructuralist approach in order to discuss how the analysis of deviant or “other” practices or forms of power broadens and enrichens the field. Furthermore, the aim of this panel will be to demonstrate the power of these alternative practices to destabilise both accepted norms of security and terrorism studies and also elite-driven agendas.

Paper proposals are welcome from those working broadly in the fields of critical security and terrorism studies that address issues of deviant forms of power. Examples of potential contributions are:

  • Deviant practices of security,
  • Resistance as Power – Poststructuralist approaches to power,
  • New “Others” in Security,
  • Emotional and affective practices as upsetting traditional narratives of power,
  • The “everyday” or “banal” in security and terrorism discourse(s),
  • Silences or suppressed voices in contemporary security and terrorism studies.

If you feel that your research aligns with these areas, please send a 200 word (max.) abstract along with a paper title, your institution, and email to either Aishling Mc Morrow ( or Stephen Warren ( Deadline: Friday November 20th.