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Center for Security Experts' Conference


Sixth Annual Academics and Experts's Conference

November 28, 2014

Privatization of Security: PMSCs and Beyond

The Center for Security Studies at Metropolitan University Prague (MUP) cordially invites you to submit paper proposals to its sixth annual conference for academics and practitioners that will take place at MUP in Prague on November 28, 2014. The conference will be held in English only.

We are looking for papers probing both the challenges and opportunities related to privatization of security broadly speaking. In addition to papers examining the numerous issues concerning the activities of private military and/or security companies (PMSCs), we especially welcome papers that widen the existing debates on security privatization by looking at how and why an increasing number of private actors beyond PMSCs have to perform various security related functions. While PMSCs produce security for profit, most other private sector actors make profit by selling goods and services that were originally not connected with security in the traditional understanding of the term. However, due to the continuous introduction of new legal and technical regulations by public authorities, many non- security related private businesses nowadays have to perform at least some security functions. Little research, however, has been done thus far, both in terms of security practices of non- security related private businesses and their impact on security governance.

If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract via e-mail to by September 8, 2014. Abstracts should be 400-500 words long and submitted in one of the following formats: Word Document (.doc; or .rtf) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). Please include your full name, e-mail address and institutional affiliation. Authors of selected papers will be notified via e-mail by early October 2014. Limited funds for covering the accommodation and travel costs are available and will be offered by conference organizers to selected paper givers. 

For information on the past annual conference held in English, please click here.