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School of Politics and International Relations

Development and Security in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Liberal Governance?

31 January 2017

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Venue: University of London Institute in Paris, 11 Rue de Constantine, 75007 Paris, France

This half-day workshop is organised in the context of Rita Abrahamsen, Michael C. Williams, and Joao Pontes Nogueira’s visiting fellowships at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London (January-February 2017). The workshop explores the ramifications of the contemporary merger of Development and Security and how the intensification of security practices in this policy area in Africa cannot be reduced to yet another expression of neoliberal global governance. The event will feature a presentation by Rita Abrahamsen (University of Ottawa) and Michael C. Williams (University of Ottawa) followed by a discussion of their conception of security and their approach to development and neoliberal governance led by Joao Pontes Nogueira (Pontificate Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro), Didier Bigo (Sciences Po Paris & King’s College London), and David Williams (Queen Mary University of London).

Rita Abrahamsen and Michael Williams will start the session with their new work on contemporary developments in the Development sector and its relation to security practices. More specifically drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of social fields, they explore how the ramifications of the contemporary merger of Development and Security go beyond the question of whether Development has become yet another aspect of neoliberal global governance. Through case studies in Africa, they map and theorise structural transformations in Development as a field of practice, altering the politics, agents, and strategies of development with profound implications for the future.

Their presentation will be discussed by Joao Pontes Nogueira, Didier Bigo, and David Williams. Joao Pontes Nogueira will interrogate the security-development nexus in light of broader changes in global development policies, in particular the governance of inequality and interventionist consequences of the institutionalisation of resilience policies. Didier Bigo will discuss the presentation in light of the possibilities and necessary innovations of the use of Bourdieu for analysing security and development in a transnational context. David Williams will reflect on the global dimensions of liberalism as they play out in the Development context.




Organised by Jean-François Drolet and Jef Huysmans for the School of Politics and International Relations Queen Mary in collaboration with University of London Institute Paris.

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