War Machines: Imagining Bodies, Technology, and Space Beyond the Battlefield

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Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Thursday, November 15, 20183:00PM - 4:30PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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CSUS Graduate Student Workshop



Over the course of the 20thCentury, the United States’ military thinking has increasingly focused on the interaction between soldiers and technology, from ideas like Cybernetics through to a present focus on technologies like electrical brain stimulation, exoskeletons and augmented reality visors. This project addresses these present technological fascinations and how they exemplify a particular and novel approach to the relationship between soldier and technology. In examining this relationship, I trace the political economy, material implications, and ideologies surrounding and producing these emerging technologies, many of which have not (and may never) see the battlefield. This project follows three sites of military technological development and circulation: The Academy, The Start-Up City, and The Arms Fair in order to understand how war and its fighters are imagined and made, before and beyond the battlefield


Andrew Merrill
PhD Candidate Department of Geography and Planning University of Toronto

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