Political Ecologies of Security: Privatisation, Militarisation and Conservation
Tuesday 12 November 2019 , from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. University of Antwerp - City Campus Rodestraat 14 - R.002 - 2000 Antwerpen (how to reach the city campus?)
In this debate, we delve into the convergence of security and conservation. The illegal wildlife trade and spikes in poaching have raised international concern thus heightening the sense of urgency in conservation and a call to do something to tackle poaching and trafficking before they drive species to extinction. This sense of urgency has produced a series of practical shifts in conservation which demand a more thorough investigation and analysis. Conservation can provide cover for other motives such as excuses for evicting resistant populations, opening new markets for private security companies and a justification for greater resource allocation to militaries. To understand all this, this debate presents a new theoretical framework, the political ecology of security with three key strands – imperatives, framings and logics.