Joseph Masco & Trevor Paglen: Interrogating the Security State

The CIS 50th Anniversary speaker series continues with a conversation between Trevor Paglen and Joseph Masco on global surveillance and the security state.

The CIS 50th Anniversary Thinking Globally dialogue series brings together acclaimed scholars to discuss the global stakes and global scale of contemporary research.

In this dialogue event, artist and geographer Trevor Paglen joins Prof. Joseph Masco (UChicago – Anthropology) in a conversation on global surveillance and the security state.

Trevor-Paglen-682x1024Trevor Paglen is an artist whose work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering, and numerous other disciplines. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures. Paglen’s work has featured in numerous exhibitions and he is the author of five books and numerous articles on subjects including experimental geography, state secrecy, military symbology, photography, and visuality. Paglen’s work has been profiled in the New York Times, Vice Magazine, the New Yorker, and Art Forum. In 2014, he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for his work as a “groundbreaking investigative artist.” Paglen holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from U.C. Berkeley.

maxresdefault bwJoseph Masco is Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences in the College at the University of Chicago.  He writes and teaches courses on science and technology, U.S. national security culture, political ecology, mass media, and critical theory. He is the author of The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico (2006), which won the 2008 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for the Social Studies of Science and the 2006 Robert K. Merton Prize from the Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology of the American Sociology Association. His latest book is titled The Theater of Operations: National Security Affect from the Cold War to the War on Terror and examines the evolution of the national security state in the United States, with a particular focus on the interplay between affect, technology, and threat perception within a national public sphere.

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