Events This Week

Just a quick heads-up on some events going on at Duke this week:

1) Today and tomorrow there are three events with Joseph Masco, one of the most prominent anthropologists working on the contemporary security state. These all take place in Friedl 225 at Duke East Campus:

–Today, Monday at 130pm: Lecture: The Crisis in Crisis. Description:

This paper interrogates the current over-deterimination of “crisis” in American media and political cultures.  It compares the two existential dangers our our times — nuclear crisis and climate crisis — and analyzes current U.S. policy proposals which extend rather than eliminate these ultimate forms of danger.  Thus, it considers the historical terms whereby “crisis” has become a counter-revolutionary force in American Society, a means of preserving infrastructures of violence rather generating transformational processes.  In doing so, the paper explores the affective logics and political sensibilities necessary for mobilizing alternative collective futures today.

–Today, Monday at 4pm: Conversation with Masco and Peter Redfield, Wahneema Lubiano, and Diane Nelson

–Tomorrow, Tuesday at 530pm: Discussion of Chapters 1 and 4 of Masco’s book Theater of Operations

Joseph Masco is a professor of anthropology and science studies at The University of Chicago.  He is the author of The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico, and most recently, The Theater of Operations: National Security Affect from the Cold War to the War on Terror.


2) On Tuesday, an art exhibit and panel on the legacies of Hiroshima:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


6pm Art Exhibition Opening Reception

7-9pm Panel Discussion

Location: Jameson Gallery, Friedl Building, East Campus, Duke University

*Refreshments provided

In August 1945, two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 129,000 people. It was the first and only time in history that nuclear weaponry was used for warfare. How did the U.S. military and politicians at the time understand its military significance and ethical implications? How did the victims experience the trauma and the ensuing layers of victimization? What narratives have emerged in our collective remembrance of the war — and how does this remembrance shape modern day nuclear politics and US-Japan relations? On its 70th anniversary, let us revisit that contested, traumatic moment in history, question it and remember it.

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