War and Representation with Oxford University #3, War, Aesthetics, Politics
Professor Vivienne Jabri discusses the relationship between war, aesthetics and politics in relation to contemporary warfare with Christine Strandmose Toft. She argues that the tendency to represent war and violence as exceptional and spectacular does not help us understand what war as an everyday phenomenon entails. Vivienne Jabri is Professor of International Politics in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Christine Strandmose Toft is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at the University of Southern Denmark.
War and Representation with Oxford University #2, Philosophy and Nuclear War
Professor Elaine Scarry and Jens Bjering discuss philosophy and nuclear war. Professor Scarry analyzes how the prerogative of the United States executive to order a nuclear attack upsets not only traditional checks on the waging of war, but has severely upended U.S. democracy and constitutionality in toto. Elaine Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Jens Bjering is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern Denmark .
War and Representation with Oxford University #1, The Age of Amok
Professor Joseph Vogl discusses the phenomenon of ‘amok’ and the relation between mass shootings, warfare, and new forms of governmental power in American postwar society with Anders Engberg-Pedersen. Joseph Vogl is Professor of Literature, Culture, and Media at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and Permanent Visiting Professor in the Department of German at Princeton University. Anders Engberg-Pedersen is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern Denmark.
WarPod #3, Jeppe Teglskov Jacobsen: Overt Cyber Bombing
The WarPod talks to Jeppe Teglskov Jacobsen about the puzzling public use of cyber weapons against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The effectiveness of cyber weapons depends on enemies being unaware of them. Why then, did the US military make their attacks available to the public?
WarPod #2, Danita Burke: Perceptions of Arctic Power
The WarPod talks to Danita Catherine Burke about perceptions of sovereignty in the disputed Arctic region. Though no one officially owns the arctic (and its waterways), Danita discusses how Canadians have developed a strong narrative of ownership of the Arctic validated by folk lore and the drawing of territorial lines on maps. The importance of such narratives is likely to increase as climate change alters the geography of the region.
WarPod #1, Vincent Keating: Russian soft power
The WarPod talks to Vincent Keating about the fact that Russia not only has strong military capabilities, including nuclear weapons, but it also generates a lot of admiration around the world; in other words, it has soft power. In contrast to the common held belief, Vincent suggests that Russia’s soft power has actually aided the country in achieving its foreign policy goals in the last couple of decades.