Apologies for the short notice and to those not in the London area. Derek Gregory will be giving a seminar in the geography department at Kings College London from 1-2pm on Monday 4th April. The title of Derek's talk will be: "Lines of descent: from Bomber County to the borderlands"
The seminar will take place in the Pyramid Room (K4U.03) - on the fourth floor of the Kings Building, on the Strand Campus (see map at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/about/campuses/strand.html)
Daniel Swift, the author of Bomber County: the poetry of a lost pilot’s war (2010), a remarkable study of bombing during the Second World War, has recently claimed that: ‘We live today in a world made by bombing; Britain and America still fight wars under the impression that they may be won from the skies, and today’s Predator drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan are the direct descendants of the Heinkels and Lancaster bombers of the Second World War.’ This paper is a critical interrogation of that line of descent through a focus on a different, stubbornly material line of descent: the trajectory of the bomb itself. It pays particular attention to the ways in which ‘the view from above’ and ‘the view from below’ have worked in counterpoint in both the conduct and the condemnation of kill-chains in Britain/Germany in the 1940s and in Afghanistan/Pakistan in the early twenty-first century.