POSTPONED - The Laws and Politics of (In)Security and Social Cohesion – An Interdisciplinary Conversation

December 01 | 09:00

POSTPONED  - > 4. bis 6. Mai 2022

The Centre Marc Bloch, the Integrative Research Institute Law & Society, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford will organise  the second socio-legal Winter School for young scholars to be held in Berlin from 1 to 3 December 2021 (postponed -> 4th to 6th of May 2022)

About the Winter School:

The Winter School The Laws and Politics of (In)Security and Social Cohesion – An Interdisciplinary Conversation seeks to engage in a debate about how (in)security has been constituted through law, history, social sciences, as well as natural sciences. We address the laws and politics of (in)security particularly in the areas of “terrorism”, pandemics, and environmental change and propose to rethink the entanglement and interaction between these crisis phenomena, and especially their effects on social inequalities and social cohesion.

The laws and politics of (in)security are understood not only as a framework for or a result of political and economic crises but also as a set of social practices that actively shape forms of inclusion and exclusion in society. As part of this, we ask how risk assessment, prognosis and uncertainty shape our understanding of dealing with (in)security: How do legal, political or social narratives around (in)security promote social cohe- sion, and to what extent might they instead endanger social cohesion? How do security laws, policies and practices find their way into the lives of people? What or who is considered a risk or threat to society? How do the laws and politics of (in)security confirm or constrain, stabilize or destabilize the public realm, its actors, actions, narratives and images? Do these laws and politics operate in different ways at different scales (na- tional, regional, international)? And who are the actors that influence and determine these sets of security laws and politics of (in)security? The focus on (in)security and social cohesion is one that explicitly enquires about social hierarchies in the (re)distribution of power in society: who benefits, who loses, who is harmed?

The Winter School invites researchers to think through contextual, historical, and geographic conjunctions in debates on security. We seek to reinvestigate the role of disciplines such as law, political science, criminol- ogy, forensic psychology, health sciences, and environmental sciences in shaping normative regulations. We want to study who the law and routinized security practices address or fail to address when they insert empir- ical knowledge, and how empirical knowledge overrides normative considerations and routinized practices. We are interested in understanding the inherent limits of empirical knowledge in normative decision-making in times of (in)security.

By bringing together different academic perspectives on the implicit and explicit relationships of the laws and practices of (in)security, the Winter School aims to shed light on a range of issues that remain under-re- searched within the respective disciplines in order to foster a dialogue on different methodological and theo- retical approaches of socio-legal research. By shifting perspectives and leaving the comfort zone of their own academic fields, participants will engage in interdisciplinary approaches and will unlock the interdisciplinary potential of their work within the thematic realm of the laws and practices of (in)security.

The Winter School provides a space to discuss the participants’ projects with fellow PhD students, postdoc- toral fellows and renowned scholars of socio-legal research from different academic traditions. Participants will be asked to submit a five-page paper about the research project prior to the Winter School, which will serve as a basis for in-depth peer-to-peer sessions in which participants will present their research and receive feedback from both fellow participants und senior researchers. Moreover, thematic, methodological and strategic academic topics are covered by workshops and panel discussions on socio-legal research and writing and publishing in an international context. A core feature of the programme will be the practical session on the analysis of legal texts, conducted by interdisciplinary teams from the organizing institutions.

The keynotes will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Didier Bigo (Professor of International Political Sociology at King’s College London and at Sciences Po, Paris) and Prof. Dr. Gabriele Metzler (Professor for the History of Western Europe and Transatlantic Relations at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).



Centre Marc Bloch: Dr. Judith Hardt, Dr. Mathias Delori, Prof. Dr. Jakob Vogel Integreated Research Institute Law & Society, HU Berlin: Valentin Feneberg M.A., Prof. Dr. Anna-Bettina Kaiser, Dr. Nahed Samour, Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford: Dr. Bettina Lange



Humboldt Graduate School, Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin


Judith Nora Hardt
judith.hardt  ( at )  cmb.hu-berlin.de


POSTPONED  - > 4. bis 6. Mai 2022

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

12.30 – 13.00    Arrival of Participants, get Together with snacks

13.00 – 13.30    Opening & Introductions [Official start of the programme]

13.30 – 15.00    Keynote I
Prof. Dr. Didier Bigo (Sciences-Po Paris-CERI)
The (In)securitization of Border Controls: Violence and Indifference

15.00 – 15.30    Coffee Break

15.30 – 17.00    PhD Presentations I

17.00 – 17.15    Coffee Break

17.15 – 17.45    Round table on acaedemic writing
Chair: Prof. Dr. Mathias Delori (Centre Marc Bloch)
Dr. Marta-Laura Cedenese (University of Turku/Centre Marc Bloch)
Prof. Dr. Maïwenn Roudaut (Centre Marc Bloch)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Mayer (Centre Marc Bloch)
Prof. Dr. Denis Thouard (Centre national de la recherche scientifique)

18.30                  Conference Dinner


Thursday, 2 December 2021

9.00 – 11.00      Socio-legal reading of court decisions
Group 1: ‘Terrorism’ (Dr. Mathias Delori, Dr. Nahed Samour)
Group 2: Covid (Prof. Dr. Bettina Lange, Dr. Antonios Souris)

11.00 – 11.30    Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30    Socio-legal reading of court decisions Wrap up
Chair: Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff (LSI Berlin), Dr. Judith Hardt (CMB)

12.30 – 14.00    Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.30    Round table: Covid 19, (In)Security and Social Cohesion
Chair: Prof. Dr. Jakob Vogel (Centre Marc Bloch)
Prof. Dr. Sabine Kropp (Freie Universität Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Anna-Bettina Kaiser, LL.M. (Cambridge) (LSI Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Teresa Koloma-Beck (University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg)
Prof. Dr. Bettina Lange (tbc) (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford)

15.30 – 16.00    Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.00    PhD Presentations II

17.00 – 17.15    Break

17.15 – 18.45    Keynote II
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Metzler (HU Berlin)
Paris 1961. A Postcolonial Perspective of (In)Securization

19.30                  Dinner (payed individually)


Friday, 3 December 2021

9.30 – 10.30        PhD Presentations III

10.30 – 11.00       Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30      Meet the editors
Dr. Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet (Co-editor of the book series New Approaches to Con ict and Security Analysis, MUP, and International Political Sociology, Routledge)
Dr. Tugba Bassaran (Co-editor of Political Anthro pological Research on International Social Sciences, ‘PARISS’)

12.30 – 13.00     Sum up session

13.00                    Farewell Lunch Snack