Renée Frissen

As an external PhD candidate, Renée Frissen (1984) is affiliated with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry. She works as a researcher for the Instituut voor Publieke Waarden (Institute for Public Values). Here she studies and, most of all, tries to improve the Res Publica. IPW works in the voids that are the result of a withdrawing welfare state. Previously, Renée worked for FORUM, Institute for Multicultural Affairs, and Society Impact, a platform for social entrepreneurs. In 2013 she was a guest researcher at the Institut für Sozialwissenschaften of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Renée is the founder of ‘The Ministry of…’, a nomadic platform for young professionals that donate their time and skills to non-profit organizations or social enterprises. She is the author of several books, and regularly publishes in (news) media.

PhD: Staging the Threat – securitization in the Netherlands in the 21st century (working title)
Nothing by its essence is a threat. As history repeatedly shows us, threats can fall in and out of fashion. Russians, acid rain, Moluccans, Jews, nuclear power, or Muslims; there’s quite a variety. The Copenhagen School convincingly demonstrated in the last century that threats are social constructs. When something ends up on the security agenda, this can only happen in a specific ‘felicitous’ context, and is a result of a process with different actors involved. Something isn’t simply a threat, but becomesone. We have many theoretical tools to study this process of so called ‘securitization’. However, to be able to conclude that something is successfully labeled a threat, teaches us nothing about the question how this happens. This is inherently a question of signification – a question that addresses the process of actors that somehow come to agree on what or who is a threat and what or who isn’t. Therefore, Renée uses tools of performance theory to deconstruct the process of securitization. This isn’t to say that security is mere theatre, but that performance theory offers unique tools to study the process of signification in a multimedia environment.

This way she hopes to gain insight into the consequences of the increasing stress on security for local actors in a mediatized and multicultural society.

Müller, Floris; Frissen, Renée. (2014) De diversiteitsparadox: over de veranderende relatie tussen journalistiek en etnisch-culturele diversiteit. In: Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap, aflevering 3.

De Graaf, Beatrice; Frissen, Renée. (2012). Framing the Exception. Securitization in the Netherlands. In: The State of Exception and Militant Democracy in a Time of Terror. ed. Afshin Ellian; Gelijn Mollier. Republic of Letters.

Frissen, Renée; Müller, Floris. (2012) Beeldenstrijd in Crisistijd. Een onderzoek naar de ontwikkeling en impact van crisisberichtgeving over maatschappelijke spanningen. BOOM/Lemma.

Frissen, Renée. (2010) The Face of Terror. The enemy image in counter-terrorism training programs. FORUM.