Afternoon Symposium: Life in the Age of Drones

Event Date: 

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 2:00pm

Event Location: 

  • McCune Room IHC

Life in the Age of Drones

An afternoon symposium sponsored by CITS and the IHC
Thursday, February 28, 2013
2-5:30 pm, McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB


The Life in the Age of Drones symposium brings together a philosopher, activists, and artists to speak about the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles or “drones” in the world over the past decade. Panelists will present an array of research, art, and activist projects exploring how life has changed in age of drone warfare. Topics to be addressed include: the US drone war in Pakistan and practices of targeted killing; anti-drone protest movements; artistic interventions using drones; filmmaking and drone warfare; and DIY drones. Speakers’ presentations will be followed by discussion with audience members. Faculty, students, and members of the public are all invited to attend and participate.

2:00 – 2:15 Introductions by Susan Derwin and Lisa Parks

2:15 – 3:00

Keynote: Arthur Kroker, Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory at the University of Victoria, Canada
“After the Drones” (including a 9-min video by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker and Jackson 2bears)

3:00 – 4:00

Marko Peljhan, Associate Professor of Art, UC Santa Barbara, UCIRA Director
“The Art and Science of Unmanned Systems – A Brief History”

Casey Cooper Johnson, Independent Filmmaker, MFA, American Film Institute
“UNMANNED: A Filmmaker's Journey” (Website)

4:00 – 5:00

Nancy Mancias, CODEPINK campaign organizer
"Much Ado About Drones: New Media to New War"

Lisa Parks, Professor of Film & Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara, CITS Director
“Targeted Homelands: Networked Visions of the US Drone War in Pakistan”

5:00 – 5:30 Reception