Lecture Finn Stepputat: Formations of sovereignty at the frontier of the modern state in Guatemala.

Wanneer
20-04-2018 van 10:00 tot 11:30
Waar
Paddenhoek 1, 9000 Gent, lokaal 1.3
Voertaal
Engels
Door wie
Conflict Research Group
Contact
marlies.casier@ugent.be
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Debates in Conflict & Development: rethinking statehood & governance

Lecture Finn Stepputat: Formations of sovereignty at the frontier of the modern state in Guatemala.

Abstract:

Based on a long-term ethnographic engagement, this talk gives an overview of processes of state formation and different forms of competing public authority in a municipality at the border between Guatemala and Mexico, where the state never managed to establish de facto sovereignty. The overview draws on my parallel engagement in debates about the state since ‘the cultural turn’ in the late 1990s, including an alternative interpretation of sovereignty, not (only) as the juridical sovereignty of the territorial state, but as a particular form of power based on violence.

Bio:

Finn Stepputat is a Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. He holds a M.Sc. in Economic Geography and a Ph.D. in Cultural Sociology from Copenhagen University and has published extensively on issues of violent conflict, forced migration, state formation, and security, mainly in Latin America. Currently he works on trade, transport and states in Somali East Africa. He has also worked on more theoretical and methodological issues of state formation and sovereignty. He co-edited the volumes, States of Imagination: Ethnographic Explorations of the Post-colonial State (2001), Sovereign Bodies: Citizens, Migrants and States in the Post-colonial World (2005), The Security-Development Nexus (2007), and Fragile States and Insecure people (2007), and edited the volume, Governing the Dead: Sovereignty and the Politics of Dead Bodies (2016).