“Peace, order and securitisation in post-imperial Central Asia”
Wrap-up from the workshop held at the Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 138
"Dynamics of Security. Types of Securitisation from a Historical Perspective"
From Thursday, the 24th until Friday, the 25th of January 2019 the subproject B05 of the Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 138 “Dynamics of Security” held an interdisciplinary workshop under the title “Peace, order and securitisation in post-imperial Central Asia”. Bringing together researchers from both this region and Western Europe, the event connected debates in security and securitisation studies, peace and conflict studies, and social scientific and historical research on order and change in the region, channelling them into a critical perspective on the imperial legacy of Central Asia and its present-day implications. The contributors’ presentations and in-depth discussions provided valuable insights into different trajectories and forms of securitisation as they occurred in the Soviet Central Asian republics and in their successor states, and specifically in their evolving relations with Moscow, as well as their materialisations in forms of hierarchising, exclusion and biopolitics along ethnic, religious and gender lines. Thus, the event offered important input for the research of the Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 138, and specifically on the ways in which externally introduced frames and repertoires of securitisation make their way into national discursive regimes and can re-produce imperial logics of governing, controlling and ‘othering’.