Presentasjonen hennes baserer seg på artikkelen «Forgetting ISIS: enmity, drive and repetition in security discourse».

Introduksjon til artikkelen:

“This paper explores the reconstitution and repetition of threat imaginaries in security discourse, with particular focus on the War on Terror era. Upon vanquishing the enemy (whether an individual militant or militant group) no tangible increase in ‘security’ is claimed by securitising actors. Instead, the security apparatus turns away and reconstructs the figuration of insecurity elsewhere. Al Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS replace each other as signifiers for the most profound threat to international order. 

The article positions this compulsive refiguration of enemies within an aversion to attaining a state of ‘security’. The paper uses psychoanalytic concepts of drive and jouissance to argue that security imaginaries play out fantasies of insecurity to suture the symbiotic relationship between subjectivity and power. If enmity was permanently ended or victory attained, society would need to confront the continued experience of ‘lack’ (ontological insecurity) – something promised to disappear upon the resolution of hostilities. The fantasy of interpellation would collapse at this point. The article contributes to Critical Security Studies by explicitly addressing the repetitive constitution of terrorist threats. It goes beyond constructivist understandings of othering to explain why the resolution of insecurity is disavowed and why enmity is continually restaged.”

Charlotte Heath-Kelly er førsteamanuensis i politikk og internasjonale studier ved University of Warwick i Storbritannia. Forskningen hennes undersøker integrasjonen antiterrorisme har i europeiske helse- og sosialtjenester. Hun har akkurat avsluttet en studie finansiert av Wellcome Trust om forebyggingsstrategien til Storbritannias National Health Service som trener opp leger og sykepleiere til å identifisere potensielle radikale pasienter. Heath-Kelly har publisert fem bøker om terrorisme, antiterrorisme og kritisk metode innenfor politikk og internasjonale relasjoner.

Seniorforsker på NUPI Rita Augestad Knudsen leder teoriseminaret.