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Battlegrounds: Sites and Sights of Conflict

October 17, 2011

Freshly back from giving a talk at Battlegrounds: Sites and Sights of Conflict, a conference examining a ‘broad range of approaches to the ways in which visual media both directly and indirectly affect the cultural experience of war.’ I presented a second iteration of my Cultures of Surveillance paper on the human face as a microsite of surveillance and dataveillance, this time with more emphasis on the way the face is racially and sartorially quantified, qualified, and codified, and how public and private divisions get vexed in this process. I’ve learned an incredible amount from the contributions of co-panelists and participants about the relationship between embodiment, war, and vision in battlefields of the sensible.

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