Primary Investigator: Dr. Sara Matthews, Associate Professor, Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Sara Matthews teaches in the areas of Culture and Conflict in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University where she is an Associate Professor. Her research and political work is interdisciplinary and considers the dynamics of violence, war and social reparation in the global context. Her current work explores artistic responses to nationalist wars, specifically the corporatization of war as evidenced through Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC’s) and military technologies such as drones and killer robots. Her new project, “The Cultural Life of Drones”, explores social responses to technologies of military surveillance and mechanized killing such as drone warfare. In addition to her academic-based work, Sara curates aesthetic projects that archive visual encounters with legacies of war and social trauma. Her critical writing has appeared in PUBLIC, FUSE Magazine and in exhibition essays for the Art Gallery of Bishops University, YYZ and as a blog for Gallery TPW. A collection of her writing and projects can be found on her personal website.
Research Assistant: Justin Anstett, Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
A graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Arts program in Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Justin is currently completing his MA in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. He is interested in contemporary conflicts and security ontology, especially the use of nationalism to promote conflict. Some of his research during undergrad included the use of Private Military Companies in eluding democratic responsibilities and the changing nature from passive to violent resistance.