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After two full years of programs, the Project on War and Security in Law, Culture, and Society will have a light year while project director Mary Dudziak is on leave to write her next book. For news about future programs, please check back or join the Project mailing list.

Spring 2014 Colloquia: What Are We Securing?

American national security culture took a new turn in 2013 as disclosures, leaks, and filibusters drew attention to the extent and nature of American surveillance. Meanwhile, President Obama suggested that someday “peace” should come, bringing with it a recalibration of the national security state. But the American security bureaucracy had become so immense that NSA officials argued that its excesses had been inadvertent, suggesting, perhaps, a surveillance system out of control. And according to reports, the NSA built weaknesses into commercial encryption programs, thereby—in the name of security—undermining computer security. These developments inform the theme of the 2014 workshop series: What are we securing? What is being produced by security policies and practices? The series will approach these questions with an interdisciplinary line-up of scholars working on security in different contexts, different cultures, and different eras.

  • January 27, 2014: Polly Price (Law, Emory), Border Security and Public Health
  • February 10, 2014: Lisa Stampnitzky (Sociology, Harvard University), How Torture Became Thinkable: Human Rights, Law, and Moral Boundaries from World War II to the War on Terror
  • February 24, 2014: James L. Hevia (History, University of Chicago), Securing the Borders of Empire: The Management and Control of the Frontiers of British India
  • March 24, 2014: Aziz Huq (Law, University of Chicago), The Social Production of Counter-Terrorism
  • April 7, 2014: Elaine Tyler May (History, University of Minnesota), Gimme Shelter: The American Security Obsession
  • April 14, 2014: Maribel Morey (History, Clemson University), From Tuskegee to Myrdal: How the Globally-Minded Carnegie Corporation and the Postwar US Federal Government Became Voices for Racial Liberalism

Fall 2013: War Powers Book Series

  • Monday, September 30, 2013: Stephen Griffin of Tulane Law School discusses Long Wars and the Constitution (Harvard University Press 2013).
  • Monday, November 11, 2013: Mariah Zeisberg of the Department of Political Science at University of Michigan discusses War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority (Princeton University Press 2013).

Spring 2013: Colloquium on War and Security in Law, Culture, and Society

Hosted by the Center for International and Comparative Law
Co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Political Science, Emory University

  • January 28, 2013: Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee Law School, Law, Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy
  • February 18, 2013: Mary Favret, Indiana University, English, The Necessity of Violence: Suicide and the Soldier, co-sponsored by the Emory Department of English
  • February 25, 2013: Rande Kostal, Western Ontario, Legal History, The Destruction of Philosophies: Allied Planning for the Denazification of German Law, 1944–1945
  • March 4, 2013: Matthew Payne, Emory University, History, False Activists and True Misery: Local Resistance to the De-Socialization of Cattle in Kazakhstan, 1932–1934
  • March 18, 2013: Pamela Scully, Emory University, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, History, Women, and Gender in Truth and Reconciliation Commissions: South Africa and Liberia.
  • April 8, 2013: Mary L. Dudziak, Emory University, Law, Drones and Democracy: How Robotic Warfare Undermines Political Checks on the War Power
  • April 15, 2013: Judith Miller, Emory University, History, "Cato's Death" in France, 1797: Painting, Violence, and the French Republic after the Terror, co-sponsored by the Vann Seminar in Pre-Modern History. Hosted by Emory University School of Law and the Center for International and Comparative Law; co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Political Science, Emory University