GIR Colloquium Series | Proscribing them, securing us?

22 February, 2018
3:00pm - 4:30pm


Numerous states and international organisations maintain a list of proscribed – or banned – terrorist groups. Entry on such a list typically outlaws an organisation from a designated territory, often triggering a range of offences including around membership of, or support for, such a group. Despite widespread use, and quite significant consequences for citizenship and civil liberties, proscription remains curiously under-researched: not least vis-à-vis alternative counter-terrorism instruments.

In this presentation, Professor Jarvis will draw on his ongoing research with Tim Legrand of the Australian National University to explore the implications of this power for the politics of (national) security and identity. Focusing primarily upon the British experience, he argues proscription is: (i) integral to the imagination and shaping of contemporary political boundaries; (ii) illustrative of a more complex politics of security than that often associated with (counter-)terrorism policy; and, (iii) indicative of the importance of ritualistic behaviour in the reproduction of authority and democracy.


About the speaker:

Lee Jarvis is a Professor of International Politics at the University of East Anglia. His research on the politics of terrorism and security has been published in journals including Review of International Studies, Security Dialogue and International Political Sociology. He is author or editor of eleven books, including: Anti-terrorism, Citizenship and Security (with Michael Lister, 2015), Security: A Critical Introduction (with Jack Holland, 2015), and Counter-Radicalisation: Critical Perspectives (with Christopher Baker-Beall and Charlotte Heath-Kelly, 2015), and PI on the AHRC-funded project: British [Muslim] Values: Conflict or Convergence?

Location: Merewether Seminar Room 426, Butlin Avenue, University of Sydney