ABOut the everyday militarisms collaboratory

 

Military tactics and technologies are omnipresent. The mushrooming of security-guarded gated communities, routine ‘stop-and-frisk’ encounters at airports, or the harvesting of consumer data from surveillance technologies texture quotidian life, while everyday infrastructures for disease management, transportation logistics, and environmental conservation extend our military dependencies in vital and not always negative directions. Colonialisms old and new, gendered and racialized power structures, and other striations of human and species difference both inform these everyday militarisms, and are reinscribed through them. Human and non-human bodies incorporate the material traces of wars past, while futures unconditioned by militarisms seem impossible to imagine: so impossible, militarism has lost its place as a key issue for public discussion.

The Everyday Militarisms research collaboratory brings together researchers, artists, activists and other professionals to generate new perspectives and dialogue on the ways in which militarisms are inseparable from everyday life. Addressing pressing questions about the sustainability of human and other life both within and outside of a militarised existence, this collaboratory brings these issues to greater academic and public scrutiny.

Our main goals are to:

  1. Build USyd and UC Davis as key centres for landmark interdisciplinary research on everyday militarisms, and to scaffold this expertise via mentoring and collaborative exchange;

  2. Strengthen interdisciplinary cultural studies approaches to militarisms through development of intersectional, environmental humanities and decolonial frames;

  3. Highlight the transpacific entanglements that suture US and Australian histories, cultures, lands and waters, to advance knowledge on US-Australian militarised relations;

  4. Build specific researcher capacities for engaging with diverse publics beyond their disciplinary peers.