Department of Anthropology

Cultural Studies Colloquium Presents Ken MacLeish, Folklore PhD Candidate from the University of Texas at Austin

"Vicissitudes of Love: Feeling the Iraq War in a Military Community".

Mon, November 2, 2009 | EPS 1.128

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ken MacLeish is a Doctoral Candidate in the Anthropology's Américo Paredes Folklore and Public Culture's Center. His talk, "Vicissitudes of Love: Feeling the Iraq War in a Military Community," is based on ethnographic fieldwork at the U.S. Army's Ft. Hood in central Texas. His talk examines how American soldiers and their families deploy various notions of love as kinship, care, sex, and ideological investment to mediate diverse and overlapping effects of war violence in everyday life. Familial and fraternal love are cast as an ultimate good that justifies difficult choices and motivates the endurance of hardships associated with combat and lengthy deployment. As a parallel system of freedom and obedience, love lies knotted through and around the sovereign institutions of war-making, a generative tension that links violence and disciplinary rationality to the most intimate of interpersonal relations.


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