2018-19 Public Events Series: Social Securities

The 2018–19 Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s public events series Social Securities will consider human security throughout history and into the present. What protections are necessary to ensure a person’s or a society’s security? In what situations are individuals, groups and communities of diverse formations rendered insecure? Is security always to be valued, or can its relinquishing create new opportunities for agency and discovery?

Drawing upon perspectives from the humanities, arts and humanistic social sciences, the programs and events of Social Securities will focus on the diverse human experiences of security and consider how people in a variety of social, political and cultural contexts respond to conditions of precarity and uncertainty.

Possible topics to be considered include, but are not limited to:

– Architectures of security
– Arts in uncertain times
– Asylum
– Community conservation and change
– Cybersecurity
– Economic and job security
– Environmental security
– Food insecurity
– The future of higher education
– Health security
– Homelessness
– Human trafficking
– Intimate spaces and privacy
– Legacies
– Political security
– Public endangerment and law enforcement
– Risk and risk-taking
– Securing identity
– Security and stages of life

Please contact IHC Director Susan Derwin (derwin@ihc.ucsb.edu) with suggestions for possible speakers and topics.