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Building the Network: Using Assemblages to Understand the Intelligence Community through Socio-Material Relations

Tuesday 9 April 13:00 until 14:00
Fulton 113
Speaker: Rupert Culyer
Part of the series: Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research events, Spring 2019

SCSR Research Café

Technology plays a fundamental role in the creation of knowledge from intelligence. The intelligence community is central to a form of warfare that seeks instantaneous knowledge of the battlefield, and an infallible understanding of its enemy and their weaknesses. This form of warfare represents a Western ideal which can be traced back to the Second World War, and manifests on the contemporary battlefield in the form of morally and ethically contested ‘precision strike’ or ‘special forces’ operations. This research cafe session will present a proposal for the use of Deleuze and Guattari’s assemblages to understand the intelligence community, and through its co-constituted relationship with technology, produce fresh insight into Western preferences for precision strikes and special forces operations.

Download the poster: Building the Network: Using Assemblages to Understand the Intelligence Community through its Socio-Material Relations [PDF 479.46KB]


Research cafes are meant as informal spaces to support the development of research ideas, projects and publications. Anyone can propose leading a session - either around their own work or a theme. We'd especially welcome sessions led by PhD researchers, including people at an early stage of their research. These could be around draft papers, fieldwork plans or reports, methodological issues or anything else of interest which is related to conflict and security research. Please email Judith on scsr@sussex.ac.uk if you are interested in leading a session, or have suggestions for a theme for discussion. 

 

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By: Martin Wingfield
Last updated: Wednesday, 3 April 2019

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