Research seminar: Securitisation and Genocide – University of Copenhagen

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Research seminar: Securitisation and Genocide

CRIC invites to a research seminar with Bjørn Møller  who is CRIC partner and professor at the Department of Political Science, Aalborg University.

The research seminar will revolve around a paper by Bjørn Møller. The paper to be presented is work in progress, i.e. selections for a forthcoming two-volume book by Bjørn Møller on genocide and responsibility to protect.

The paper:
There are many links between genocide and security. Sometimes concerns about national, societal or human security are the motives for genocide, and almost inevitably a genocide constitutes a threat to the human security of members of the victim group as well as, by definition, a societal security threat to this group as such. These links apply regardless of the ontological status of “security,” i.e. both to “real” security threats or to perceived (or even fake) security threats, constituted as such via “securitization” dynamics. In addition the these links there are also peculiarities about genocide which may also be captured by securitization, i.e. that labelling something as a “genocide” has virtually the same effects as (successful) securitization by creating an imperative to do “something” which may illuminate the political use and abuse of the genocide label. In some cases genocide denial may even be represented as security threats. All these linkages (and more) will be illuminated with historical as well as contemporary examples. 
The paper can be downloaded by clicking here.

The author:
Bjørn Møller is PhD from Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. He is professor at the Department of Political Science at Aalborg University where he does research in the fields of conflict theory, security, religion, terror, and international organizations. 

Please register at no later than Friday 15th August 2014.

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.