UCSB Symposium to Examine the Use of Drones From a Humanist Perspective

The pilotless aircraft are used for surveillance, and for their ability to strike at targets over enemy territory without risk to American military personnel. But how has the use of drones changed the face of war, and how will they be put to use in the future?

These questions and others will be addressed at a symposium at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, February 28. “Life in the Age of Drones” will begin at 2 p.m. in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Sciences Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will bring together a philosopher, activists, and artists to discuss the increasing use of UAV’s around the world over the last decade. Panelists will present a variety of research, art, and activist projects exploring how life has changed in the age of drone warfare. Among the topics to be addressed are the U.S. military’s use of drones in Pakistan, and practices of targeted killing; anti-drone protest movements; artistic interventions using drones; filmmaking and drone warfare; and do-it-yourself drones.

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