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Materialising Post 9/11 Security: Guantanamo's Legacies

Nov 20, 2012, 1pm-2:30pm

Elspeth Van Veeren of the University of Sussex will deliver the talk, "Materialising Post 9/11 Security: Guantanamo's Legacies To Understand Support for the Global War on Terror and Associated Counterterrorism Measures". This talk makes an argument for turning to the material and visual components of Guantánamo. Through Guantánamo, three narratives of security – security through "punishment", security through "militarisation", and security through "clean war", collide. They collided not only in linguistic terms, through the speeches of senior US and George W. Bush administration officials, but also in the practices and objects used at Guantánamo.

Through an examination of the material and visual, a subset of discursive practices, this talk documents the emergence and transformation of these colliding narratives. In particular, it examines how the US – its central White House and defense officials, as well as senior Guantánamo military personnel – used material practices connected with Guantánamo, such as the control of its visual record, to reinforce or even compel certain readings, such as the nature of threat, and what constitutes legal and humane treatment. These collisions are what enabled the changes to norms, laws and policies that endure, along with the site, today.


Location:749 York Research Tower
Sponsor:YCISS
Posted by:Chris Hendershot
Web Sitehttp://yciss.info.yorku.ca/files/2012/10/Van-Veeren.jpg
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