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Risk, The State and the Public: Theorizing the Politics of 'Shared Responsibility'

Dr Vibeke Schou Tjalve
Dr Karen Lund Petersen
Center for Advanced Security Theory, University of Copenhagen 

Date: 30 November 2010
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Venue: AGWR 


This talk examines the state/society relationship in an era of risk. What happens, we ask, when private citizens are mobilized to anticipate and shoulder elusive security responsibilities in the face of uncertainty? What kind of state is created, what kind of security governance is exercised, and what historical practices of security governance are appropriated or transformed in the process?  

About the speakers

Vibeke Schou Tjalve is a senior researcher at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST), University of Copenhagen. She is currently a visiting research fellow at the LSE, pursuing a research project on past and present challenges to the democratic governance of Western security policy. The project theorizes how and why the emergence of a language of 'risk' in Western security discourse may seriously disrupt conventional forms of public deliberation on security politics, impairing central democratic ideals of restraint, control and accountability.

Karen Lund Petersen is currently Post. Doc and Deputy Director at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her current work is mainly directed towards understanding how private companies have become integral and important political partners in the security policies of western states. Karen holds a PhD in political science from the University of Copenhagen and has been visiting researcher at Stanford University and the Copenhagen Business School.