Targeting Arab Cities: Military and Architectural Expertise and the Moralization of the Politics of Empire
Ahmed Kanna, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of the Pacific School of International Studies
When: Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Room B17, 1957 E Street NW
The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
Free and open to the public
Dr. Kanna will discuss a contemporary, post-neoliberal and Global War on Terror conjuncture in which the issue of urbanism and, in particular the global south city, is becoming a central object expertise. In particular, cities in the Middle East and South/Central Asia have become central in Western, and particularly U.S., discourses of security, neoliberalism, and cultural representation. The first decade of the 21st century seems to have created two Middle Eastern archetypes in the imaginations of Western military and architectural experts: Dubai and Baghdad/Gaza, or, the urban blank listslate/architectural laboratory versus the city as object of military discipline. He will look at the ways in which cities, or the image of cities, do “cultural work” in the moralization of the politics of U.S. and neoliberal empire.
Sponsor: IMES Lecture Series