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Professor Caren Kaplan
Aerial Aftermaths: the visual culture of everyday militarisation

Sydney Ideas co-presented with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, at the University of Sydney 

In the modern period, we assume that there is a necessary and comfortable gap between civilian and military life that keeps war contained in specific spaces at a distance. Yet this division obscures the blurry middle ground between military and civilian culture, particularly in the arenas of architectural design, techno-culture, digital arts and entertainment, and many fields and disciplines.
Professor Caren Kaplan poses a series of questions such as, when and where is wartime and how is it perceived and represented? Can wars be said to begin and end or do they disturb our sense of time and continuity? Are the boundaries of battlefields discrete or do they move into other spaces and sites and in what ways?

This talk will focus in particular on air space and the ubiquitous imaging produced by aerial vehicles and platforms such as planes, satellites, and drones–governmental and nongovernmental.

Professor Caren Kaplan is Professor of American Studies and affiliated faculty in Cultural Studies and Science and Technology Studies at University of California Davis. She is also affiliated with the Humanities Innovation Lab, the Mellon Research Initiative in Digital Cultures, and the IFHA on Gamification. More speaker information

Respondent: Dr Peter Hobbins, Department of History

Chair: Professor Elspeth Probyn, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies

This talk is sponsored by the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre as part of the ‘Everyday Militarisms’ Huddle convened by Dr Astrida Neimanis and Associate Professor Tess Lea, both from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies.
Tuesday 21 November
6.15 - 7.30pm
New Law LT 026
Level 0, Sydney Law School Annex
Eastern Avenue
University of Sydney
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