Research seminar: Temporalizing Radical Difference to Govern Somali Piracy? – University of Copenhagen

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Research seminar: Temporalizing Radical Difference to Govern Somali Piracy?

CRIC invites to the research seminar “Temporalizing Radical Difference to Govern Somali Piracy?” with Anna Leander, CRIC partner and Professor MSO at Copenhagen Business School.

The research seminar will revolve around Anna’s paper on governance of Somali Piracy.

Please register at no later than Thursday December 11th, 2014. The paper will be sent to you when you have registered.

The paper
Drawing inspiration from Hindess’ analysis of the governmental implications of temporalizing difference, I argue that what I term a dual temporalizing of difference is core to the governance of Somali Piracy and that it has far-reaching consequences for who can engage on what terms in the politics of surrounding that regulation. I begin by arguing that the “peculiar Western tradition” to think that other people live in the own past analysed by Hindess has been radicalized in the Somali context. “The past is another place” and so is the future and the present in the case of Somalia. Somali piracy belongs to a non-Western, irredeemably different, temporality from which no escape, “progress” or political agency is imaginable. I proceed to show how this temporalizing of radical difference is folded into and reproduced through the governmental technologies at work to govern piracy in the Gulf of Aden. I argue that the intimate connection between piracy and security gives temporality an especially uncontested role in these technologies which resistance against the controversies surrounding these technologies of temporalizing differences. Reversing the radical temporalizing of difference has been pivotal both in accounts of piracy by the communities involved and in (some) academic analyses. The political significance of such controversies over temporalities cannot be overestimated. Hindess’ reflections on temporalities therefore merit attention in IPS and beyond.

About research seminars
The research seminar is a forum for academic debate, organized around the paper and is conducted on the assumption that the paper has been read by participants.

Time and place
The seminar will be held in CRIC’s meeting room (25.0.01), Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, December 15th, 2014 from 13.30 to 15.00.