New team publication: “European Urban (Counter)terrorism’s Spacetimematterings”

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The first Urban Terrorism in Europe team project piece has recently been published in Contemporary Reflections on Critical Terrorism Studies (a Routledge volume edited by Alice Martini & Raquel da Silva). The piece  in question combines posthumanist political philosophy, Baradian agential realism, critical terrorism/security studies, and critical theory to retheorize (counter)terrorism in situationscaping time, while investigating case studies from Germany, the UK, France, and Spain.

You can find the abstract and an excerpt below. The open access article can be downloaded for free here.

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The article’s abstract:

Infusing contemporary critical terrorism studies (CTS) with concepts and methodologies from philosophy and critical theory via a Baradian posthumanist agential realist perspective and (counter)terrorist cases and vignettes, this chapter argues for a retheorisation of (counter)terrorism. It does so, firstly, by reconceptualising terrorism and counterterrorism as complex assemblages consisting not only of discursive-material components – an entanglement now largely accepted within CTS and critical security studies (CSS) – but also of affective layers and more-than-human phenomena. Secondly, by analysing European urban (counter)terrorist cases from the UK, Germany, France, and Spain, together with these cases’ surprising spacetime-jumping interlinkages underwriting what we here conceptualise as queer(ing) spacetimematterings, this chapter zooms in on the intra-actions taking place between human and more-than-human agential phenomena and their risk-managed urban environments. Lastly, extra analytical attention is paid to how, in this neoliberal day and age – here rephrased as control society-driven ‘situationscaping times’ – very specific macro- and micropolitical violence-preventing measures and efforts are employed in the fight against various manifestations of urban terror and terrorism.

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