A Hundred Years of Bombing from Above
The conference will be held:
on Thursday 10th November 2011 at London School of Economics and
and on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November 2011 at Goldsmiths, University of London
11th November 2011 marks the centenary of a world-historic event.
An Italian pilot, Guilio Cavotti dropped the first bombs from an aeroplane on to the oasis of Tagiura outside Tripoli.
The development of aerial bombardment was more than just a military revolution.
It changed both war and peace.
- redrew the legal and moral boundaries between civilians and combatants,
- spread the theatre of war into new environments and expanded the battlefield,
- making cities into places of mass death and taking warfare into private, domestic spaces.
The conference Shock And Awe: a hundred years of bombing from above will mark this anniversary and explore important elements of the century of bombing that followed the fateful attack on Tegura.
This multi-disciplinary event brings together internationally renowned critics, sociologists, geographers, philosophers and historians to reflect on all aspects of a hundred years of bombing from above.
It will develop a conversation between very different historical experiences and cases of bombing and establish a cosmopolitan conversation about these difficult issues.
The conference will be held at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Goldsmiths, University of London.
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From 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday 10th November, 2011
- Keynote Lecture: Bombing Savages: In Law, in Fact, in Fiction – Sven Lindqvist
Session one: Law, Violence, Legitimacy
From 10:00 am until 12:00 pm on Friday 11th November, 2011
- Creating a Cordon Sanitaire: U.S. Strategic Bombing and Civilians in Korea – Prof. Alexander B. Downes
- Kobe 1945, the Unnatural History of Restoration – Dr. Hiroki Ogasawara
Session two: Colonialism, Airpower and Race
From 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Friday 11th November, 2011
- The Day that Buenos Aires was bombed – Dr. Miguel Mellino
- ‘The Colonial Guernica’ – 8 February 1958: The Bombing of Sakiet as an International Turning Point in the Algerian War of Independence – Prof. Martin Evans
- Trust Your Senses?: Militarism and Multiculture – Prof. Les Back
Session three: Writing, Poetry and Peace Monuments
From 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Friday 11th November, 2011
- Sylvia Pankhurst, The Stone Bomb and Eric Benfield – Prof. Patrick Wright
- Virginia Woolf: ‚Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid“ – Prof. Michèle Barrett
- ‚In a blitz you notice people’s virtues‘: Louis MacNeice, Virginia Woolf, and the cultural response to bombing – Prof. Daniel Swift
Session four: Shock, Rubble, Clearance
From 10:00 am until 1:00 pm on Saturday 12th November, 2011
- Pyschoanalysis and the Blitz – Prof. Daniel Pick
- Bombers and Bombing in Britain’s postcolonial melancholia – Prof. Paul Gilroy
- Bombed Out – Dr. Nirmal Puwar
From 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Saturday 12th November, 2011
- Closing Lecture: From a view to a kill: drones and late modern war – Prof. Derek Gregory
- Response – Eyal Weizman – Prof. Eyal Weizman
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