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After the terror attack at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall in September 2013, the Kenyan security sector experienced an increased demand for security services. Private security personnel, police, residents and various objects and technologies were mobilized in the securitization of Nairobi’s commercial and residential spaces. These public-private collaborations, also observable elsewhere in the world, challenge vested notions about the state holding a monopoly over the provision of security. Arguing that the state is enacted through socio-material security practices, Francesco Colona draws attention to processes of political subjectification that define who is considered dangerous or in need of protection.

Event details of State security and political subjectification in Nairobi
Date 25 January 2019
Time 12:00 -13:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.