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Jan Mieszkowski "Five Theses on Modern War"

17:00-19:00, Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Bld. 18, Collaboration Room 3 (4F), The University of Tokyo, Komaba

UTCP Lecture by

Prof. Jan Mieszkowski (Professor of German & Humanities, Reed College)
"Five Theses on Modern War" (based on his book Watching War, Stanford University Press, 2012)

Moderator & Commentator: Yusuke Miyazaki (Niigata University)
Commentator: Futoshi Hoshino (UTCP)

In this lecture, Prof. Mieszkowski will ask what it means to be a spectator to war today, in an era when the boundaries between witnessing and perpetrating violence have become profoundly blurred. Showing that the battlefield was a virtual phenomenon long before the invention of photography, film, or the Internet, He will propose that the unique character of modern conflicts has been a product of imaginary as much as material forces. He will also argue that spectacles of war have tended to disappoint their audiences as much as shock them, in part because there is little agreement about what we can hope to learn by viewing battles.

Language: English | Admission Free | No Registration Required


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Organized by
Uehiro Research Division for Philosophy of Co-existence, University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP)

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