7 December 2004, by Walker Rob J.
Rob Walker provided a political theory perspective of the current state of exception and the so-called «state of emergency». In his view, CHALLENGE responds to many challenges. There are many ways of identifying what these are. The crucial judgement informing this particular project, however, is that these challenges converge on a need to reconsider the way in which we understand what it means to place limits on what are taken to be the normal conventions of modern political life. By limits he referred to two different aspects of modern political life.
30 November 2004, by Scandamis Nicholas
This package builds upon the expertise in ELISE and FORNET - 2 FP5 projects financed by DG Research. In the age of globalisation, several factors point to the regression of the State as the fundamental paradigm of our social/political being but still a type of association with a central role in providing safety and welfare for its citizens. Traditional institutions established at national level do not seem to be in a position to guarantee, on their own, efficient solutions against a series of transnational and widely diffused risks, ranging from health and environment protection to more traditional risks related to physical integrity and safety due to external force, as manifested by terrorism and specifically by the dramatic events of September 11.
30 November 2004, by Lianos Michalis
The main role of this WP is that of a two-way interface between work in the IP and the more general problématiques of socio-economic change and wide-spread social insecurity. The WP will use analysis of empirical data and literature, produced both within and outside the IP, in order to draw the link between the broader socio-economic, socio-political and socio-cultural context, in which research that is conducted in all other workpackages takes its full meaning. The overarching question for this phase will be to bring to light the link that governs the awareness of the following two seemingly unrelated dangers
30 November 2004, by Cesari Jocelyne
The 9/11 terrorists attacks have modified the traditional dilemma between Security and Civil liberties since the former is now defined as the primary liberty to defend nationally as well as at the European level. The political insistence on danger and the necessity to protect citizens has made secondary concerns on freedom and civil liberties.
30 November 2004, by Bergalli Roberto
The main objective of this workpackage will be to analyse the impact what exceptional policies have upon liberties and security of European citizens. The goal of this project is to underpin to what extent European States (EU 25) are breaking citizen liberties and security when using emergency policies. This phenomenon has dramatically increased since 11th of September 2001. After this date, we have seen a drastic hardening of the legislation against irregular immigrants, and also that related to international and domestic terrorism, as we can see how the Spanish, the Italian an other Mediterranean countries have enhanced their criminal legislation.
30 November 2004, by Dal Lago Alessandro,
Developing the framework of the Elise project, the Genoa group workpackage of Challenge project intends to carry out the research through a number of in-depth case studies regarding the production of various security concepts and practices at local, national, European and global level.
We will investigate the reality of what has been defined «Full spectrum dominance», that is the reality of a fractional order - or rather dis-order -, resulting from the interaction of different actors with often divergent interests, and the possible alternative to such a disorder resulting from the construction of the European Union.
30 November 2004, by Bigo Didier
The workpackage will present a detailed analysis of an alternative conceptualisation of security which can embrace both internal and external definitions and reframe the academic knowledge’s of international relations, political sociology and political theory. It will discuss how and why the discourses concerning security, by opposing it to mobility instead of freedom and by undermining the notion of freedom, destabilize the triptych relation between danger, (in)security and freedom. It will address the question of civil liberties regarding the perceptions of (in)security, fears and unease arising both from outside and inside in relations with the management of unease by the security professionals and the political discourses of (il)liberalism by the professionals of politics.
30 November 2004, by Jabri Vivienne,
Walker Rob J.
This workpackage draws on political and cultural theory, international relations, and criminology to develop an innovative theorisation of the nexus between security and liberty and its application to the European context. It specifically responds to characterisations of contemporary security practices in terms of «the state of exception», the spatio-temporal re-articulation of the exception in political practice, and the political and social implications of this re-articulation.