The four-year project (2017–2021) studies the implications of the Texas state “Campus Carry” gun legislation (SB 11) that came into effect on August 1, 2016. Through qualitative and quantitative research, the project focuses on the changing spatial dynamics at The University of Texas at Austin campus. The research introduces a people-centered focus that studies the ways in which the campus community experiences, negotiates, and challenges these changes. The project produces original research data and cutting-edge cultural analysis on the ramifications of gun legislation on people’s lives. The research also contributes to broader scholarly and public debates about U.S. gun culture and the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
In the United States, the project’s fieldwork is hosted by the Department of American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.
NEWS & UPDATES
Benita Heiskanen, Albion M. Butters and Pekka M. Kolehmainen (eds.), Up in Arms: Gun Imaginaries in Texas, Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2022.
Albion M. Butters, “Fear in the Classroom: Campus Carry at the University of Texas at Austin,” Texas Education Review 9, no. 1 (2021).
Kymeen Sanomat on gun carrying and gun culture in the United States (Dr. Benita Heiskanen). May 22, 2021.
Karjalainen on mass-shootings in the United States (Dr. Benita Heiskanen). May 22, 2021.
FORUM: “Perceiving Security and Insecurity: The Campus Carry Law in Texas,” Journal of American Studies 55, no. 2 (2021).
Benita Heiskanen, “Not in My Office: Rights in an Armed Campus Space,” Journal of American Studies 55, no. 2 (2021).
Albion M. Butters, “Beyond Argumentum in Terrorem: The Contested Rhetoric of Campus Carry,” Journal of American Studies 55, no. 2 (2021).
Malla Lehtonen and Mila Seppälä, “‘Like a Double-edged Sword’: Student Testimonials on Campus Carry in Texas,” Journal of American Studies 55, no. 2 (2021).
Juha Vuori, “Campus Carry and Active-Shooter-Event Emotion Management,” Journal of American Studies 55, no. 2 (2021).
Sampo Ruoppila and Albion M. Butters, “Not a ‘Nonissue’: Perceptions and Realities of Campus Carry at The University of Texas at Austin,” Journal of American Studies 55, no. 2 (2021).
Benita Heiskanen, “Un/Seeing Campus Carry: Experiencing Gun Culture in Texas,” European Journal of American Studies 15, no. 2 (2020).
Suomen Kuvalehti, Näkökulma (Dr. Benita Heiskanen). July 31, 2020.
University of Turku News (Dr. Albion M. Butters). June 8, 2020.