FESA Seminar with Marieke de Goede

The Chain of Security

Copyright: UvA, Jeroen Oerlemans

Increasingly, private companies - including Twitter, airlines and banks - find themselves in the frontline of fighting terrorism and other security threats, because they are obliged to mine and expel suspicious transactions.

This lecture develops the notion of the Chain of Security in order to conceptualise the ways in which security judgements are made across public/private domains and on the basis of commercial transactions. Drawing on the work of Bruno Latour, I understand the security chain as the set of practices whereby commercial transactions are collected, stored, transferred and analysed, in order to arrive at security facts. Understanding the path of the suspicious transaction as a series of translations across professional domains draws attention to the processes of sequencing, movement and referral in the production of security judgements.

In this lecture, I use the chain of financial suspicious transactions reporting as example to show how this research 'thinking tool' can work. I discuss the values and challenges of doing situated fieldwork within professional settings, leading to a mode of 'critique without judgment.' In doing so, the project aims to contribute to debates at the intersection between International Relations (IR) and Science-and-Technology Studies (STS).


Marieke de Goede is professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the politics of countering terrorism, financial intelligence and the role of banks in security practices. She is Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project FOLLOW: Following the Money from Transaction to Trial. De Goede is author of Speculative Security: the Politics of Pursuing Terrorist Monies (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) and co-editor of the Special issue on 'The Politics of the List: Law Security, Technology' of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (34: 1). She is Associate Editor of Security Dialogue.


The seminars will take place in the seminar room on the third floor, Frederiks gate 2 - entrance via southern backdoor on Kristian IVs gate - ring the doorbell for third floor.



Published Aug. 24, 2017 1:30 PM - Last modified Oct. 9, 2018 10:51 AM