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The Global Frictions Seminar Series, hosted by the Centre for Global Research, presents â€˜Inside Inside/Outside Outside: Imprisonment and Detention as Political Exclusion’ by Dr Robin Cameron.
Abstract: Considering the relationship between domestic imprisonment and offshore detention with a global perspective will be the key concern for this seminar. While the two practices have much in common, and at times these respective regimes even overlap, they are not the same. Each speaks to the respective modalities of regulating behaviour that challenges the norms of domestic and international politics. In his 1993 book Inside/Outside: International Relations as Political Theory, R. B. J. Walker critiqued the theoretical juxtaposition of domestic and international political spheres, suggesting it provides as legal and moral foundations to enable and legitimise how societies are governed and violence is projected.
While globalisation in its many forms has since blurred the lines between domestic and international that were the object of his critique, the distinctive assumptions of these respective categories continue to underlie global patterns of carcerality. With this in mind, the presentation will draw attention to the ‘inside inside’ – those in prisons – and the ‘outside outside’ – those detained and stateless – drawing focus to the manner of their exclusion from domestic and international politics. Understanding the similarities and differences between these two broad categories of incarcerated people allows us to place them in a global context and think about the systemic effects of their inability to participate and be effectively recognised in political processes.
Dr Robin Cameron is a Lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies with the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University.
Robin’s research focuses on the intersection of security and social order. His book ‘Subjects of Security: Domestic Effects of Foreign Policy in the War on Terror’ examines the many forms of social control within communities perpetuated by September 11, 2001 and subsequent global counter-terrorism. An edited collection entitled ‘Human Security and Natural Disasters’ examines the human dimension of natural disasters and offers prospects for moving towards a more progressive politics of security.
Areas of expertise: Counter-terrorism and the war on terror, Global Criminology, Social control, Community resilience, Human security, Critical security studies, International Relations theory.
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