Why can’t facial recognition
technology compute racialized faces?

Why do medical treatments
tested on white, middle-class men not serve everyone?

How can new citizens
overcome barriers to their professional fields?

Can the arts and critical
disability studies together reimagine social inclusion?

Today’s complex challenges require interdisciplinary, intersectional research.



Using intersectional experience and excellence to build and sustain for the public good and to bring together wide-ranging initiatives to advance knowledge and inspire engaged citizenship around the world.

Katharine M Millar, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics

Talk title: Why Support the Troops? Military Obligation, Gender, and the 'Global War on Terror

Thursday, September 28 ,  4:00 to 5:30pm. MDT
Tory 12-15

Dr Millar will discuss her newly published book, which is the first book to systematically examine "supporting the troops" as a distinct phenomenon both in general, and as specifically manifest in the US and UK from 2001-2010, during the first decade of the war on terror. She takes a feminist reading on liberalism (and social contract theory in particular), to look at how gendered, masculinised obligations to commit and/or support collective violence are important to a) making liberal wars possible and b) creating political community. Empirically, the book argues that "support" for the military, in an era of professionalised armed forces and often distant wars, has supplanted military service as the hallmark of "good" gendered citizenship. Conceptually, it argues for the importance of gendered loyalty and solidarity in making liberal violence.

Bio: Dr Katharine Millar is Associate Professor of Gender and International Relations in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics. Her broad research interests lie in examining the gendered cultural narratives underlying the modern collective use of force. Her other on-going research examines gender, race (particularly whiteness), militarism, and contemporary populism(s); gender and cybersecurity; and the politics of hypocrisy. Dr Millar has also published on female combatants, gendered representations of violent death, military and civilian masculinity, and critical conceptions of militarism. She frequently consults on policy for international organisations, state governments, and NGOs on gender and the armed forces, as well as gender and cybersecurity. Dr Millar holds a DPhil from Somerville College, Oxford, a Masters of International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Alberta.

 Snakes and Ladders Graduate Mentoring Collective for Racialized Students, Sept. 15 2-4

Do you:

  • find yourself grappling with the many challenges of surviving and thriving as a racialized student in the academy?
  • want to think with other racialized students and faculty about struggles around academic work in light of the place, political context and moment you live in?
  • want to simply meet to have a space to share, laugh, and build community?

Snakes and Ladders Graduate Mentoring Collective for Racialized Students has been around since 2019. We meet once a month and collectively build the programming, relationships, understanding, and professional development opportunities that serve us.

If this interests you, please attend our first meeting on September 15th, 2-4pm in Education North 3-105, University of Alberta.



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