• Remote Control: Violence/Containment/Technology conference programme

Conference ‘REMOTE CONTROL: Violence/Containment/Technology’

Utrecht University: 12-13 December 2014

Surveillance technology has become a central means of governance, political domination and social ordering. A central characteristic of contemporary surveillance technologies is their reliance on digitally mediated and technologically controlled remoteness. Remoteness in all its modalities (e.g. as distancing or outsourcing), has become a characteristic feature of our machine-defined social life. Therefore, the Centre for the Humanities and the Centre for Conflict Studies are organising the conference ‘REMOTE CONTROL: Violence/Containment/Technology’ on 12 and 13 December. The aim of this event is to think through the analytical, political, ethical and epistemological consequences of technologies of remote control, warfare and policing.


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Contributors include:

•Prof. Stephen Graham (Professor of Cities and Society, Newcastle University)

•Prof. Em. Mark Duffield (University of Bristol, former Director of the Global Insecurities Centre)

•Dr Rivke Jaffe (Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam)

•Prof. Marieke de Goede (Professor of Politics, University of Amsterdam)

•Prof. Beatrice de Graaf (Professor of History of International Relations, Utrecht University)

•Prof. Georg Frerks MSc (Professor of Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management, Utrecht University)

•Jonas Staal (artist)

•Dr Patrick Crogan (Senior Lecturer at Department of Creative Industries, University of the West of England)

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