Sicherheitskultur im Wandel

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Working Paper Series

Our project has started a working paper series of open access papers to be downloaded from this site. Although most papers are written in German, some will be published in English. A full list of all papers is featured in the German language part of the website, the English papers are listed below.

Apokalyptische Verunsicherung

Working Paper 12

A Buddha to Protect. Cyclone Nargis and the Visual Politics of Security

Gabi Schlag

On 2 May 2008, the tropical cyclone Nargis caused one of the most severe disasters recorded in the history of Burma/Myanmar and killed over 140,000 people. Myanmar remains - beside North Korea and the Republic of Iran - one of the most isolated countries and autocratically ruled states in the world (although this has slightly changed since the reforms in 2012). This statement holds true when recalling the reaction of the regime to the destruction caused by Nargis: the military leader Than Shwe and his generals rejected the entry of international aid workers, refusing to let medicine, food and other relief supplies into the country. The natural catastrophe was followed by a humanitarian crisis.

While the situation of people in Myanmar worsened, French Foreign Minister Kouchner publicly proposed that the UN should invoke the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). By invoking R2P, Kouchner constructed the situation in Myanmar as a humanitarian crisis to which the international community should respond immediately and with extraordinary measures. The paper argues, that such a securitizing move was not supported by the images distributed through BBC.com. These pictures told another story: they constructed a visual narrative that expressed “everything is under control” and “help is on the way”. This mismatch between the invocation of a humanitarian crisis on the one hand and the images of control on the other hand directs our attention to the genuine power of images: what we see must be true - and what we do not see might not happening. It illustrates how images are powerful acts which configure the conditions of possibility for action.

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The Transformation of Security Culture

Working Paper 2

The Transformation of Security Culture - Section at the SGIR Conference, Stockholm

Georgios Kolliarakis

On the 2010 conference of ECPR's Standing Group on International Relations we ran a section of seven panels on the transformation of security culture. Read our conference report, including the full programme.

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All Working Papers, in chronological order

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01/2010 Christopher Daase
Der erweiterte Sicherheitsbegriff
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02/2010 Georgios Kolliarakis
The Transformation of Security Culture
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03/2011 Christopher Daase
Sicherheitskultur – Ein Konzept zur interdisziplinären Erforschung politischen und sozialen Wandels
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04/2011Valentin Rauer
Von der Schuldkultur zur Sicherheitskultur
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05/2011 Georgios Kolliarakis
Die neue Ambivalenz in der Sicherheitspolitik
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06/2011 Gabi Schlag
Bildpolitik und Sicherheitskultur: Das TIME-Cover "Aisha"
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07/2011 Christopher Daase, Philipp Offermann
Subkulturen der Sicherheit. Die Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz und die Münchner Friedenskonferenz im Vergleich
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08/2011 Julian Junk
Globale Sicherheitskultur und die "Responsibility to Protect"
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09/2011 Stefan Engert
Sichere Gesundheit – gesunde Sicherheit: Pandemien als objektives und subjektives (Sicherheits-)Risiko
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10/2012 Max Lesch
Regionale Sicherheitskulturen im Wandel. Schutzverantwortung in Südostasien und Afrika
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11/2012 Valentin Rauer
Apokalyptische Verunsicherung. Zur Bedrohlichkeit des Ununterscheidbaren
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12/2012 Gabi Schlag
A Buddha to Protect. Cyclone Nargis and the Visual Politics of Security
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05/2013 Christopher Daase
Sicherheitskultur als interdisziplinäres Forschungsprogramm
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05/2013 Valentin Rauer
Interobjektivität: Sicherheitskultur aus Sicht der Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie
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05/2013 Julian Junk
Humanitäre Interventionen als sicherheitskulturelle Praxis
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16/2013 Janusz Biene
Internationale Anerkennung: Ein Mittel zur De-Eskalation des Nahostkonflikts?
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17/2014 Christopher Daase/Stefan Engert/Julian Junk
Gesellschaftliche Verunsicherung als Herausforderung des Staates: Eine Einführung
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18/2014 Stefan Engert
Gib Versicherheitlichung keine Chance: Der frühe AIDS-Diskurs in den demokratischen Institutionen der BRD
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