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Modernism and Security (MSA 17)

The field of security studies generally takes the National Security Act of 1947 as its beginning, but one could argue that in a US context modern forms of security date back at least to the period immediately following the Civil War, at a time when the industrial working class grew and began to organize, a flood of new immigrants entered the country, and the previous impulse for westward expansion began to turn its gaze toward Central and South America. This panel therefore seeks to understand security as a modern form before its Cold War incarnation, and papers dealing with any aspect of its history, its representation, or its various contexts prior to 1947 are welcome. Examples of possible topics include, among others: the birth of modern police forces; the emergence of private security firms such as the Pinkertons; the development of the OSS during WWII; the growth of US "influence" in Central and South America; the various forms of resistance that confronted emerging forms of security, such as labor struggles at Haymarket, Homestead, or Ludlow, and the tactics of "outlaws" in the western states and territories. Topics might focus on any scope of interest, from the local to the international. The topics above suggest an American emphasis, but those pertaining to British or other global contexts are certainly welcome.

Please email brief proposals (a few sentences outlining your intended focus will be fine) to michael.swacha@duke.edu no later than April 15th.


Conference Location: Boston, United States
Conference Starts: November 19, 2015
Conference Ends: November 22, 2015

CFP Submission Deadline: April 15, 2015

For more information, contact: Michael Swacha

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