GPU is proud to see that fellow GPU member Hannah Owens has won the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Conference Student Paper Prize! Our winner will be mentored through a review process at the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (BJMES) by a senior member of the BRISMES academic community. Hannah will have the opportunity of skipping the desk review process and have her paper directly submitted to external reviewers for the final decision about publication.
Channelling (in)security: Governing movement and ordinary life in ‘imagined’ geographies
Hannah Owens’ paper, Channelling (in)security: Governing movement and ordinary life in ‘imagined’ geographies, explores human mobility and security in the Mafraq Governorate (Jordan), interrogating the meaning of space in Amman, Zaatari village, and the road between the two. The paper contributes to critical and vernacular security studies, exploring rural people’s memories and accounts of the encounter with the state apparatus and its security infrastructures. Weaving ethnographic observations, fieldnotes and theoretical references, Owens offers a dense ethnographic engagement with the hierarchies that govern racialised and gendered bodies, and their differential ability to move and navigate space and territory.
More about the Student Paper Prize here: https://www.brismes.ac.uk/awards/brismes-conference-student-paper-prize