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Everyday Militarisms, Transpacific Entanglements

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Event:
Everyday Militarisms, Transpacific Entanglements
Start:
September 20, 2018 8:00 am
End:
September 23, 2018 8:00 pm
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Time: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: TBA

Since Eisenhower’s famous caution on the threat to democracy posed by ‘the military industrial complex’, the militarisation of everyday life has arguably become so banal that it is barely remarked upon, even as it has pushed some of the great social, environmental and cultural shifts of recent generations – from the advent of the internet and the mechanization of human labour, to facilitating physical and visual access to once unfathomable environments (such as the deep sea and outer space), to the ubiquity of chemical compounds in both human and non-human bodies. Yet curiously, most research into militarisms sits beyond research on everyday life, cultures and environments. This collaboration between the Critical Militarization, Policing, and Security Studies research group at UC Davis and the Everyday Militarisms research group at University of Sydney opens up everyday militarisms to critical appraisal, and brings these issues to greater academic and public scrutiny. Through a series of connected events at UC Davis (2018) and USyd (2019) it makes two key contributions: first, it will develop important new interdisciplinary cultural studies approaches to militarisms that centre social, environmental, and decolonial approaches; and second, it will advance knowledge on US-Australian militarised relations through particular attention to the transpacific entanglements that suture our respective histories, cultures, lands and waters. This project refuses both the simple celebration or condemnation of militarisation. As the entanglement between forces which both destroy and protect continues to blur traditional conceptualisations of security, this research is more urgent than ever.

This event is sponsored by UC Davis-University of Sydney Partnership Grant; UCHRI; UCD Critical Militarization, Policing and Security Studies Research Group

For more information please contact: cjkaplan@ucdavis.edu


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