Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

The ‘New Schools’ of Critical Security Studies

Tuesday, January 15, 2019,  12:00-1:00 pm
Robert Sutherland Hall, room 554 (light lunch available at 11:45)

 

Michael Murphy

 

Michael Murphy

​Speaker
University of Ottawa 

 

 

Abstract

Critical Security Studies as a subfield of security studies explores the tacit assumptions, levels of analysis, and complex relations often assumed to be beyond the scope of security studies. In the early 2000s, three “schools” — Aberystwyth, Paris, and Copenhagen — dominated CSS with their inquiries into emancipation, security practices, and securitization. The field then diversified, with important contributions from postcolonial, feminist, network, and human security perspectives. While this diversity brought myriad new perspectives to bear, it also made disciplinary cartography increasingly difficult. More recently, an emergent “ontological turn” in CSS has been dominated by the “New Schools” of quantum social theory, new materialism, and ontological security. These New Schools bring sophisticated ontological claims to bear on practical questions, and have opened a new space for dialogue between “critical” and “mainstream” security studies.

Biography

Michael P.A. Murphy is a PhD candidate and SSHRC doctoral fellow in International Relations at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on IR theory, continental philosophy, and critical security studies, and has been published in venues such as Critical Studies on Security, the Journal of Political Power, and the Canadian Political Science Review. He currently serves as Editorial Assistant at Security Dialogue, and as an elected school board trustee for Kingston and Frontenac Islands.