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Winchester School of Art

New Publication: Cold War Legacies, edited by Ryan Bishop

Published: 20 September 2016
Cold War Legacies book cover

A new book has been released, looking at the legacies of technology, art and literature which have emerged from the Cold War.

Entitled Cold War Legacies: Systems, Theory, Aesthetics, and edited by WSA's Professor Ryan Bishop and Professor John Beck of the University of Westminster, the book: "Connects Cold War material and conceptual technologies to 21st century arts, society and culture. From futures research, pattern recognition algorithms, nuclear waste disposal and surveillance technologies, to smart weapons systems, contemporary fiction and art, this book shows that we live in a world imagined and engineered during the Cold War."

It is a very interesting work, showing how the militarisation that occurred during the period from the end of the Second World War to the beginning of the 1990s has influenced all spheres of modern life. 

The book is available from Edinburgh University Press


Ryan Bishop is Professor of Global Art and Politics at Winchester School of Art and Co-Director of the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media at the University of Southampton. He co-edits Cultural Politics (Duke UP) with John Armitage and Doug Kellner, and he edits the book series Theory Now for Polity Press. His research areas include critical theory, art, media, literary studies, technology, urbanism and militarisation of daily life.

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