Wartime Atmospheres and Infrastructures

June 30 - July 2, 2020
2.00 - 4.00 pm

This seminar will investigate the atmospheric and built environments as co-constituted rather than oppositional, affiliated to the times and spaces of state violence and power. After almost two decades of a “global” war on “terror,” in the midst of accelerating climate “change,” inquiry into things like pipelines, walls, and drones can be linked to ongoing colonial, neoliberal, and fascist contests over land, air, oil, and water. Such hybrid assemblages of infrastructures and technologies generate dispositional atmospheres, expanding our definition of wartime and political engagement.

Caren Kaplan is Professor Emerita of American Studies at the University of California at Davis. Her research draws on cultural geography, landscape art, and military history to explore the ways in which undeclared as well as declared wars produce representational practices of atmospheric politics. Selected publications include Aerial Aftermaths: Wartime from Above (Duke 2018), Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (Duke 2017),

Introduction to Women's StudiesGender in a Transnational World (McGraw-Hill 2001/2005), Between Woman and Nation: Transnational Feminisms and the State (Duke 1999), Questions of TravelPostmodern Discourses of Displacement (Duke 1996) Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices (Minnesota 1994) as well as two multi-media scholarly works, Dead Reckoning and Precision Targets.