Past event

The Weaponisation of Everyday Life

Bringing together academics from geography, terrorism studies, anthropology, and criminology, this one day workshop aims to explore: links between the weaponisation, and the securitisation, of everyday life (for instance the role of surveillance in driving tactical innovation); the importance of the internet in contemporary terror trends; the significance of countermeasures (from barriers, to 'bollart', to geofencing to widened pedestrian areas) in altering 'everyday' patterns of accessibility, 'liveability' and risk exposure within cities; and automobility's wider significance in modern insurgency and protest, from vehicular terrorism to highway blockades.

The everyday environment has long been weaponised, from rioters throwing cobblestones, to the use of improvised explosive devices by insurgents. Automobile technologies have been foremost in presenting opportunities for enacting violence and exerting leverage, from the car-bomb (Davis 2006), to the recent rise of so-called 'vehicle-as-weapon' attacks. Such attacks, in which cars and trucks are deliberately crashed into crowded places, surged of late, spreading quickly across geographical and ideological divides (Miller, Hayward 2018). Often perpetrated by lone actors, such attacks can be almost impossible to anticipate and prevent, without radically altering the character of everyday urban life (Coaffee 2019; Chambers, Andrews 2019).

The trend raises a number of key issues regarding the interplay between security, insecurity and daily life (Monroe 2016).

This event is hosted by CSTPV Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Satya Savitzky.

The programme for the event is available on the CSTPV website.

This event is free to attend and all are welcome. Register via the University Shop.