Rethinking Secrecy in the U.S. Shadow War

Elspeth Van Veeren, University of Bristol

This project explores how hunting is now the structuring metaphor of post-9/11 security. Through an analysis of the discourse surrounding US counterterrorism, and in particular the rise of the US ‘shadow war’ set of policies, this project has two core aims: 1) This project explores the need to rethink the concept of security as inseparable from conceptions of secrecy. 2) Building on the work of Chamayou on manhunting, this project argues for the need to recentre race and gender within this analysis.


Listen to Elspeth further discuss the details of her research on secrecy’s subjects and US manhunts here in SPIN’s featured podcast episode.