Why War? / Viewing War, Playing War: The Virtualization of Violence

Abigail De Kosnik is Assistant Professor of Performance, Technology, & the Center for New Media, UC Berkeley. Prof. De Kosnik has two books forthcoming: The Survival of Soap Opera: Strategies for a New Media Era (essay collection, co- edited with Sam Ford and C. Lee Harrington) and Illegitimate Media: Minority Discourse and the Censorship of Digital Remix Culture. She is also organizing a conference (currently scheduled for February 2010) on Open Source and the Humanities, sponsored by the Berkeley Center for New Media.

Greg Niemeyer is Associate Professor of Art Practice, Film, and the Center for New Media, UC Berkeley. Prof. Niemeyer is involved in the development of the Center for New Media, focusing on the critical analysis of the impact of new media on human experiences. His creative work focuses on the mediation between humans as individuals and humans as a collective through technological means, and emphasizes playful responses to technology.

This “Why War?” seminar is co-sponsored with the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Introduction: Judith Butler, Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley