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Contests over the control of information are central to the production, promotion, and critique of militaristic ideologies.  For those seeking to expose the machinations of militarism, information is often regarded as a vital basis for critique; whereas for those working to defend them from scrutiny, information is often regarded as a resource that needs to be sequestered away from widespread view. As a result, much potential is typically invested in breaches of military and diplomatic secrecy.

Participant: Brian RAPPERT
Dept. of Sociology, Philosophy, and Anthropology | University of Exeter
Presentation: Leaks and Lures: The Commitments of Exposing Militarism

The Costs of War Project is a team of over 40 scholars, legal experts, human rights practitioners, and physicians, which began its work in 2011. We use research and a public website to facilitate debate about the costs of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the related violence in Pakistan and Syria.

Participant: Catherine LUTZ
Dept. of Anthropology and Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs | Brown University
Presentation: Bureaucratic Weaponry and the Production of Ignorance in Military Operations on Guam

This poster, here in its English version, was produced by one of the biggest and oldest pro-peace organizations in Israel, Peace Now.  It reflects a very common ideological approach among Jewish Israeli leftist activists, which is “pro-Israel, anti-occupation”.  

Participant: Erica WEISS
Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology | Tel Aviv University
Presentation: The Dilemma of Nationalism for Anti-militarist Activism

The photograph here dates from 20 August, 2014.  On that day, members of the Ebola Task Force, made up of Liberian police and soldiers, erected a classic "cordon sanitaire" around Monrovia's poorest neighborhood.  After more than a decade of US-led training and restructuring, a relationship officially referred to as a security partnership, the Liberian armed forces' response to ebola was to undertake the most draconian of urban operations.  

Participant: Danny HOFFMAN
Dept. of Anthropology | University of Washington
Presentation: Geometry after the Circle: Security interventions in the Urban Gray Zone

In this brief video tape (made by an accomplice of the protestor?) Medea Benjamin disrupts a speech by John Brennan, the CIA director at that time, at the Wilson Center in Washington DC.  Medea Benjamin founded Code Pink, a feminist antiwar group whose name satirizes the color-coded terror alert system introduced by the Bush Administration.  

Participant: Hugh GUSTERSON
Anthropology and International Affairs | George Washington University
Symposium Co-Organizer

My research focuses on the southwestern department of Putumayo, where the internal armed conflict coincides with the cultivation of illegal crops due to the territory’s marginality. 

Dept. of Anthropology | Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History
Presentation: The Consolidation of Militarism in the Colombian Periphery in the Context of Counterinsurgency, Marginality, and Illegality

My artifact is Donald Trump's Executive Order reinstating the 'Secure Communities', first introduced and then abandoned by President Obama. The EO endows local police forces with immigration and deportation responsibilities. It obligates compliance by threatening to rescind federal funding for cities that resist or proclaim themselves as Sanctuary Cities. 

Dept. of Anthropology | Colby College
Symposium Co-Organizer

Consumer marketing professionals, the same ones who steward the brands of Mazda and RedBull in Colombia, produced this video for the Colombian Ministry of Defense. The video, born of this military-marketing nexus, is from the fourth of five annual campaigns that ran each December between 2010 and 2014. 

Participant: Alex FATTAL
Dept. of Film-Video and Media Studies | Penn State University
Presentation: Mobilizing Desires, Demobilizing Combatants: Consumer Marketing and the Paradox of Individual Demobilization