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About the Symposium...
War has given rise to both employment opportunities and ethical debates within the social sciences for at least a century. US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan currently rely upon diverse social science human resources and techniques, ranging from embedded ethnography, historical and psychological analyses, mapping, linguistics and demographical statistics. Presently, the US Defense Department not only integrates these methodologies into counter-insurgent field strategies abroad, but also influences the funding, and in turn the research priorities, of an increasing number of social science units in America’s universities. As students preparing for careers in these disciplines, it is important to explore the challenges, opportunities, and ethics of scholarly engagement with the military and national security agencies. This symposium is meant to provide information on the history, contemporary context, and implications of being social scientists during wartime in the United States. It is intended to provide a platform for various arguments to be made on this topic, and to encourage students and faculty to consider their own position drawing from the breadth of expert commentary that will be presented by this multidisciplinary panel.
About the Speakers...
Featured Speakers David Price is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at St. Martin’s University.
Kelly Moore is Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Cincinnati and UA Alumni.
Panelists Jesse Ballenger is a PhD Candidate in the department of Anthropology, UA, and an Iraq war veteran.
Laura Briggs is associate professor in the department of Women’s Studies, UA.
Leila Hudson, is assistant professor in the department of Near Eastern Studies, UA.
Maggy Zanger is associate professor of practice in the School of Journalism, UA.