Drone Witnessing: Technologies of Perception in War and Culture
"Drone Witnessing: Technologies of Perception in War and Culture" is a projected funded by Australian Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellowship DE190100486 (2019-2021), held by Dr Michael Richardson, a Senior Research Fellow in the School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales. The project investigates how drones and other technologies of perception are changing how we bear witness and determine the meaning, importance and truth of events. This project seeks to generate new knowledge about the impact of drone warfare and surveillance on forms and processes of witnessing by analysing both primary and creative texts and by conducting field research into new practices of testimony.
Michael Richardson is Senior Research Fellow in the School of the Arts & Media, UNSW. His transdisciplinary research investigates the intersection of affect, power and violence in culture, media and politics. He is the author of Gestures of Testimony: Torture, Trauma and Affect in Literature (Bloomsbury 2016), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. Currently, he is working on two new book projects, with the working titles of Nonhuman Witnessing: Affect, Matter and Media After the End of the World and Drone Visions.
Madelene Veber is Research Assistant for Drone Witnessing, and an RTP-awarded PhD Candidate in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW. Drawing attention to the complex social and moral responses to nonhuman error, Madelene’s research examines the status of the individual subject in relation to contemporary processes for measuring ethical conduct and responsibility. She collaborates on projects in media and social studies, film, and education.