From the 5th to the 6th of December I will participate in “The Blue Conference 2013″ on Maritime Risk and Risk Management. The conference is organized by Copenhagen Business School and the Maritime Development Center Europe. At the conference I will give a presentation that discusses how the new maritime security agenda places new demands on the shipping industry, including new modes of public-private relations. Further details on the conference are available here
On November 28th I will give a presentation at the international conference on: “The threat of contemporary piracy and the role of the international community” organized by the Istituto Affari Internazionali and the International Institute for Humanitarian Law. The one day conference in Rome brings together a number of academics and policy practitioners to discuss the current state of counter-piracy. The program is available here.
The maritime remains an unchartered space of international relations. The discipline of International Relations largely treats the maritime as an empty space that requires to be bridged without paying attention to what happens at sea. While the discourse on naval power has addressed the maritime as space of military action, this panel series intends to broaden our understanding of the oceans by studying it as a securityscape. The panel series invites contributions (paper, panel, or roundtable proposals) that study maritime security and ocean governance broadly understood. In what way is the maritime increasingly securitized? What are the larger consequences of security action at sea? How can maritime security challenges including, but not limited to, piracy, smuggling, migration and non-proliferation be governed? What regimes, institutions, projects or technologies are required to deal with maritime security?
The panel series is organized jointly by the Counter-Piracy Governance project at Cardiff University, the Maritime Security program of Coventry University, and by the Universität der Bundeswehr, Munich. All paper proposals should be accompanied by a brief author biography (2-3 sentences) and an institutional address and be emailed to Dr Christian Bueger at email@example.com by no later than 25th of November. The World International Studies Committee Conference will take place between 6-9 August 2014 with decisions about submissions made by the conference organisers by February 2014. Further details can be found at: http://www.fb03.uni-frankfurt.de/46347686/wisc
From 10.-15.11. I will be attending the counter piracy week of the international Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. At the meeting the future of counter-piracy governance in general terms as well as its institutional structure will be discussed. One of the issue is also the Lessons Learned Project of the group in which I collaborate with EU-ISS, IPI and OBP.
On October 30th I will present the draft of a new paper titled “Problems, Practices, Pirates: Outline of a Theory of Problematization” at the research seminar series of the Centre of Advanced Security Theory (CAST), Copenhagen, where I am a visiting fellow until December. The paper intends to develop a framework for studying problematization practices and their interaction by drawing on the case of maritime piracy. Drawing on ideas first presented in my 2013 Global Policy paper I develop a typology of five problematizations of piracy and discuss how these are coordinated as well as create controversy in policy making. Further information is available here
My article titled “Pathways to Practice: Praxiography and International Politics” is now online available as open access on the European Political Science Review website. The article addresses the question what the methodological implications of the practice turn are. Arguing that praxiography is the best label to describe the methodology of practice theory I discuss research strategy as well as different methods to capture practice. The article intends to offer guidelines for those interested in writing a praxiography as well as makes the argument that practice theory requires a genuine methodological discourse.
From 18.9.-.20.9.2013, the 3rd International Conference on Strategic Theory in Dar es Salam, Tanzania will explore which lessons can be learned from Somali piracy and how maritime security governance in the region can be strengthened. The conference attended by academics, defense experts and maritime security practitioners is organized by the Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University and the Royal Danish Defence College.
At the conference I will give a presentation titled “Learning from Piracy. Challenges of Maritime Security Governance”. More information is available here.
I posted a new blog on the Piracy Studies website. The blog investigates the reasons for the emergence and decline of piracy off Somalia and asks whether piracy has been eradicated. I argue that optimism is valid, but significant efforts to work towards good maritime security governance off the East African coast will be needed.
The Economic and Social Research Council of the UK will sponsor my research on piracy and maritime security for the next three years. The project titled “Counter-Piracy Governance – A Praxiographic Analysis” is funded under the Future Research Leader Scheme. In the project I will study the different institutional responses to piracy and maritime insecurities with a focus on East and West Africa.