Lecture: How to Watch a War? by Jan Mieszkowski, PhD

Date: 04.17.2014

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Gandhi Hall 209

warWhat does it mean to be a spectator to warfare in an era in which the boundaries between witnessing and perpetrating violence have become profoundly blurred? This talk considers what we hope to see, and learn, when we confront spectacles of combat, particularly when such events prove frustrating or disappointing as much as shocking. Focusing on the concepts of expression and imagination that have informed modern military theory, the paper offers a new account of the contemporary battlefield and the idea of total war.

Jan MieszkowskiJan Mieszkowski, Professor of German and Humanities at Reed College, is a specialist in German Romanticism and the author of “Labors of Imagination: Aesthetics and Political Economy from Kant to Althusser” and “Watching War.”

Sponsored by:  Humanities Concentration of Soka University


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