Emergency, Security, Democracy
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NINT 5412
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course will examine the contemporary relationships among emergency, security, and democracy by exploring settings in which extraordinary expedients are devised to anticipate and tackle political, economic, and humanitarian problems. We will examine topics such as: the history of longstanding states of emergency in Egypt, Algeria, Syria and Sri Lanka and their recent suspension; the genesis of US and UK antiterrorism legislation and the status of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp; national and international measures to address financial crises; and the creation and operation of refugee camps for the victims of xenophobic violence in sub Saharan African. We will investigate the concepts of necessity, urgency and discretionary authority which underwrite exceptional governmental practices of security in these cases. Our exploration of these conventional and unconventional emergency settings will enable us to address questions such as: What do emergency measures imply for our understanding of the democracies that employ them? What are the legal consequences of emergency practices? And how might the perspective of emergency change our understanding of humanitarian practices, which almost by definition operate in spaces of exception?
Open to Graduate students.