Talk: “The Day that Everything Changed: 9/11, New York City, and the ‘Transformation’ of Security”
Assist. Prof. Dr. Samarjit Ghosh
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 12:30 p.m.
In a paper on security practices in New York, I engage in the consideration of the policy of stop-and-frisk – and how different inhabitants of the city experience the shift, if any, of a pre- and post-9/11 effect, a shift from ‘crime’ to ‘terror’ or ‘war’, ‘safety’ to ‘security’, when a bag under a train seat or under a street lamp no longer signifies ‘lost and found’, but ‘danger’ and ‘security’. The paper questions why the proximate event is considered as relevant for urban security, particularly in light of other exemplary events in the past. Furthermore, it examines what using that event as exemplary prohibits and permits, particularly in allowing for pre-existing urban conditions, discriminations, practices and histories of violence to be suppressed, or worse, rationalized and permitted, in the service of a national security mandate.
Samarjit Ghosh is an Assistant Professor in International Relations at Ozyegin University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. His research focuses on everyday security practices in global cities. He is a core member of the Early Career Development Group at the European International Studies Association. Between graduate degrees, he worked for public policy institutions, including the Asia Research Centre at the LSE, and the Centre for Land Warfare Studies in New Delhi, India.