Graduate School of North American Studies
Markus Kienscherf’s research focuses on the historical and current intersections between domestic public safety and foreign defence.
In his dissertation he mapped the increasing convergence of US domestic and international security regimes, analysing the trend towards global pacification in the name of ‘security’. He completed his PhD in Sociology at the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin in 2011. A revised version of his dissertation is due to be published by the end of 2012.Markus studied English, Sociology, and Modern History at Freie Universität Berlin and holds an MA in Literary Studies from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
This post-doctoral research project aims to map out the genealogy of the rationalities and practices by means of which liberal Western powers have sought to control the movement in space of both foreign and domestic populations. Efforts to configure and re-configure space in such a way that populations which are held to harbour subversive elements can be pacified and made governable have been a staple of colonial/imperial warfare/policing, and still feature prominently in contemporary counterinsurgency and stability operations as well as in domestic law enforcement.
What specific rationalities and technologies of spatial control have been devised, developed and deployed by and in Britain, France and the United States? In response to what problematisations of subversion and threat have they been developed? What are the forms of resistance they have engendered? How have they been articulated into more general strategies of power and domination? And above all, how have these rationalities and practices circulated across and beyond different peripheral as well as metropolitan locales?These are the key questions to be addressed through extensive research into the interrelated genealogies of French, British and American discourses on small wars, imperial policing, counter-revolutionary warfare, counterinsurgency operations and domestic policing from the early nineteenth century to the present.
(2012) US Domestic and International Regimes of Security: Pacifying the globe, securing the homeland, London, New York: Routledge.
(2012) ‘Security Assemblages and Spaces of Exception: The Production of (Para-) Militarized Spaces in the U.S. war on drugs’, Radical Criminology 1 (22 October).
(2011) ‘A Programme of Global Pacification: U.S. Counterinsurgency Doctrine and the Biopolitics of Human (In)Security’, Security Dialogue 42 (6): 517-535.
(2011) Review of Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic, dir. James Der Derian, David Udris and Michael Udris, Bullfrog Films, 2010, 49th Parallel 26 (Autumn 2011).(2010) ‘Plugging Cultural Knowledge into the U.S. Military Machine: The Neo-Orientalist Logic of Counterinsurgency’, Topia – Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 23-24: 121-143.