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The University of Southampton
Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism Event

1 February 2012
Large Lecture Theatre at Westside

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Event details

Part of the speaker series for the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design and Media

Arguing that the ‘war on terror’ and its descendents have been heavily constituted through highly urban discourses, materialities and practices, this talk seeks to demonstrate that new ideologies of permanent and boundless war are radically intensifying the militarization of urban life in the contemporary period. It delineates the ways in which contemporary processes of militarisation -- which surround what I label the ‘new military urbanism’ -- raise fundamental questions for critical urban scholarship because of the ways in which they work to normalise the permanent targeting of everyday urban sites, circulations, and populations. Focusing primarily on US military security and military doctrine, culture and technology, this paper explores the new military urbanism’s inter-related foundations as a way of identifying ways to challenge its axioms through critical research, activism and art.

Speaker information

Steve Graham ,Newcastle University,Professor of Cities and Society

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