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Podcast: New Voices: cultural and moral dimensions of torture and mercenaries: Date of Publication: 13/04/2019

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Podcast: New Voices: cultural and moral dimensions of torture and mercenaries: Date of Publication: 13/04/2019 Description: Th…

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Podcast: New Voices: cultural and moral dimensions of torture and mercenaries: Date of Publication: 13/04/2019 Description: Th…

A partire dalWar Studies

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25 minuti
Pubblicato:
Apr 13, 2019
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Episodio podcast

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Date of Publication: 13/04/2019

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This podcast is part of the War Studies New Voices series which showcases emerging research from our PhD community.

Emily Brown researches the ways in which torture and prisoner abuse narratives in American popular culture have helped to conceptualise the practice of judicial torture. Since the attacks on US soil on September 11th, 2001, it has become increasingly obvious that torture is considered acceptable in fictional representations of American counter-terror practices, even if only in extraordinary circumstances. What has been largely ignored, however, is the part popular culture has played in normalising the extraordinary into ordinary, everyday practice. The way in which we understand torture relies on how we consume popular culture, which presents torture as an unpleasant but unremarkable past occurrence that has been integrated into the ordinary.

Helene Olsen studies the relationship between mercenaries and legitimacy. She looks at how mercenaries have been objected against and de-legitimised using specific speech-acts – moral objections – and how these seem to transcend historical settings. She explores the tension between the extensive use of mercenaries in warfare and the apparent moral opposition to their presences and actions and suggests that mercenaries are objected against and de-legitimised when they behave as disruptors of the ideal polity.

In this edition, Emily Brown and Helene Olsen discuss areas where their research may overlap and diverge.
Pubblicato:
Apr 13, 2019
Formato:
Episodio podcast