- Dr Jana Hönke
- Honorary Fellow
- J.Hoenke@ed.ac.uk; firstname.lastname@example.org; @PoCoSecurity
- Research Interests
- Business and security, African politics, contentious politics, critical security studies, Resource politics, Non-state actors, practice theories, Postcolonialism, Transnational politics, Security and development interventions, political geographies of infrastructure
Jana Hönke is a Honorary Fellow with PIR/SPS. She is also an Assistant Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow in International Relations at the University of Groningen. Her research is concerned with how local and transnational security are interlinked and how they are thought of, practiced and contested. Her current work examines how authority and political topographies transform by studying the contested security arrangments related to multinational companies and transport infrastructures in contexts of fragility. Another project revolves around the global making of policing. She has also done research on counterterrorism, state building and development interventions. Theoretically she is interested in how knowledge and everyday practices travel and shape how security is governed, for whom and to what effect, across borders. How do practice approaches, sociological theories and political anthropology help us to understand transnational security practices and their outcomes? While doing multi-sited fieldwork, much of her work is linked to Sub-Saharan Africa with research conducted in South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Tanzania and Guinea.
Politics of the Corporation, Workshop SOAS 7 May 2016
Infrastructure and Resource Extraction, DIIS Copenhagen 27 April 2016
#BritainAfrica50: Fair Extraction, Fair Trade, Fair Play? - poscast of event at Scottish Parliament. See the related speakers series, organised by the BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group.
Current Research Projects
An ongoing research project looks at contentious politics around sites of extraction. It turns the attention from international policies and companies’ perceptions and practices to those of the people who live in the vicinity of key sites of global production and trade. How do political elites, marginalized population, state and commercial security providers, INGOs and local representatives of international organizations negotiate and contest security outcomes? The project invetigates cases in Katanga and South Kivu (DRC), Basse Côte and Haute Guinea (Guinea), Lake Zone (Tanzania), and the West Rand and Rustenburg area (South Africa).
A collaborative project with Markus-Michael Müller (Latin American Studies Institute; Freie Universität Berlin) revolves around the global making of security institutions and practices. It brings together scholars with expertise in different regions to a) explore how postcolonial theories inform ‘decolonised’ empirical research strategies in Security Studies; and b) present and theorise the -often neglected - role of non-western countries in the making of contemporary security institutions and practices. See our special issue Governing (In)Security in a Postcolonial World in Security Dialogue, our Global Making of Policing book in the Routlegde Intervention series, and a workshop we held in Berlin.
The quality of local governance by multinational companies. For further information please click here.
Transnational Companies and Security Governance: Hybrid Practices in a Postcolonial World. This project analysed how security is thought of and done around multinaltional companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Looking at the transnational node of actors and ambiguous practices, it draws out the hybrid regime of securiy practices that prevail across different contexts. Using cases from South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the late 19th and 21st century, Transnational Companies and Security Governance demonstrates how contradictory collective meaning systems structure the perceptions and choices of company managers, private security officers, NGO collaborators and others. As a result, social investment in communities and human rights training for security forces coexist with the violence of fortress protection and stability-oriented clientele practice and arrangements of indirect rule. The book argues that such hybrid and violent policing is not the result of an encounter of a supposedly peaceful, liberal global with a local. Instead, it is transnationally co-constituted. Violence is part and parcel of liberal transnational governance. This suggests a critical reflection of the 'business for peace' agenda promoted in global governance.
Please find the open access version of most publications here.
Books and Edited Volumes
- Hönke, Jana and Markus-Michael Müller eds. 2016. The Global Making of Policing. Postcolonial Perspectives, Routledge.
- Hönke, Jana 2013. Transnational Companies and Security Governance. Hybrid Practices in a Postcolonial World, London: Routledge.
- Börzel, Tanja and Jana Hönke 2012. Security and Human Rights. Mining Companies Between International Commitment and Corporate Practice, Baden-Baden: Nomos.
- Hönke, Jana and Markus-Michael Müller (eds.) 2012. Governing (In)Security in the Postcolonial World, Special Issue of Security Dialogue 43 (5).
- Hönke, Jana 2014. Business for Peace? The ambiguous role of 'ethical' mining companies, Peacebuilding 2 (2), 172-187. OPEN ACCESS
- Hönke, Jana and Christian Thauer 2014. Multinational Corporations and Service Provision in Sub-Saharan Africa. Legitimacy and Institutionalization Matter', Governance 27 (4), 697-716.
- Hönke, Jana and Markus-Michael Müller 2012. Governing (In)Security in a Postcolonial World: Transnational Entanglements and the Worldliness of ‘Local’ Practice', Security Dialogue 43: 5, 383-401.
- Hönke, Jana 2012. Multinationals and Security Governance in the Community. Participation, discipline and indirect rule, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 6: 1, 89-105.
- Börzel, Tanja A., Jana Hönke and Christian Thauer 2012. Multinational Corporations, Corporate Responsibility and the Nation State: Does it really take the State?, Business and Politics 14: 3, 1-34.
- Hönke, Jana 2010. New Political Topographies. Mining companies and indirect discharge in Southern Katanga (DRC), Politique Africaine N° 120, 105-127. OPEN ACCESS
- Bachmann, Jan and Jana Hönke 2010. 'Peace and Security’ as Counterterrorism? Old and New Liberal Interventions and their Social Effects in Kenya, in: African Affairs 109: 434, 97-114.
- Hönke, Jana 2009. Sicherheits-Governance in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit, in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 8/2009, 15-21. OPEN ACCESS
- Hönke, Jana 2014. 'Business and the Uses of ‘Civil Society’: Governing Congolese Mining Areas', in Death, C. and Gabay, C. (eds) Critical Perspectives on Liberal Interventions and Governmentality in Africa, London: Routledge.
- Geenen, Sara and Jana Hönke 2014. 'Land Grabbing' by Mining Companies. State Reconfiguration and Local Contentions in South-Kivu, DRC', in Ansom, An and Thea Hilhorst (eds.) Loosing your land. Dispossession in the Great Lakes, James Currey Publishers.
- Hönke, Jana 2013. ‘Between Cause and Cure. The Mining Industry and HIV/AIDS Governance in South Africa’. In: Börzel, Tanja A. and Christian Thauer (eds.), Business and Governance in South Africa. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Hönke, Jana and Nicole Kranz 2013. ‘Cleaning Up Their Act or More? Mining companies and environmental protection in South Africa’. In: Börzel, Tanja A. and Christian Thauer (eds.), Business and Governance in South Africa. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Börzel, Tanja, Christian Thauer and Jana Hönke 2013. Business and Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood: Conclusions, in: Tanja A. Börzel/ Christian Thauer (eds.), Business and Governance in South Africa, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
- Hönke, Jana, and Markus Lederer 2011. Development and International Relations, in: Handbook of International Relations. Edited by Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse, and Beth Simmons. London: Sage.
- Hönke, Jana 2009. Extractive Orders. Transnational Mining Companies in the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries in the Central African Copperbelt, in: Southall, Roger/Melber, Henning (eds.): A New Scramble for Africa, Scottsville: KZN Press.
Working papers and other publications
Does the Business for Peace agenda actually work? OpEd for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, 29 September 2014.
- Hönke, Jana and Tanja A. Börzel 2013. Restraint of Statehood and the Quality of Governance by Multinational Companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, SFB Working Papers Series Nr. 65, DFG Sonderforschungsbereich 700, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.
- Hönke, Jana, with Esther Thomas 2012. Governance for Whom? Capturing the inclusiveness and unintended effects of governance, SFB Working Papers Series Nr. 31, DFG Sonderforschungsbereich 700, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.
- Börzel, Tanja A. and Hönke, Jana 2011 . From Compliance to Practice. Mining Companies and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo, SFB Working Paper N° 25, Berlin.
- Hönke, Jana 2010. Transnational pockets of territoriality. Topographies of security governance and extraction in Katanga/DRC, Working Paper Series Critical Junctures of Globalisation, Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Leipzig.
- Hönke, Jana 2005. Fragile Staatlichkeit und der Wandel der Afrikapolitik nach 1990 [Fragile Statehood and Changing Africa Policies after 1990] , University of Leipzig Papers on Africa N° 77, Leipzig.
Selected Workshops and Panels organised
- New political topographies? Economic Infrastructures and the Transnational Politics of Scale, Panel with Brenda Chalfin, ECAS Conference 2015, Paris.
- The Truly Global Making of Policing, panel organised at the BISA conference, 2014, Dublin (with M.-M. Müller).
- Roundtable Doing IR Research in a Postcolonial World: Worlding, Social Practice and Ethnography (with Markus Michael-Müller, Pinar Bilgin, Rita Abrahamsen and Desmond Arias)
- Topographies of Rule Panel; We Tried but They Failed – Critical Perspectives on Interventionism in Africa Panel (with Jan Bachmann), European Conference of African Studies, 2009, University of Leipzig.
- Workshop "Governing Security and Making Space" with Clifford Shearing, Christine Hentschel and the Graduate School “Critical Junctures of Globalization”, University of Leipzig at Research Centre SFB 700, FU Berlin, 2008, Berlin.