Shock & Awe

A Hundred Years of Bombing from Above

November 2011 marks the centenary of a world-historic event.

An Italian pilot, Guilio Cavotti dropped the first bombs from an aeroplane on to the oasis of Tagiura outside Tripoli.

The development of aerial bombardment was more than just a military revolution.

It changed both war and peace.

It redrew the legal and moral boundaries between civilians and combatants, spread the theatre of war into new environments and expanded the battlefield, making cities into places of mass death and taking warfare into private, domestic spaces.

The conference Shock And Awe: a hundred years of bombing from above will mark this anniversary and explore important elements of the century of bombing that followed the fateful attack on Tegura.

This multi-disciplinary event brings together internationally renowned critics, sociologists, geographers, philosophers and historians to reflect on all aspects of a hundred years of bombing from above.

It will develop a conversation between very different historical experiences and cases of bombing and establish a cosmopolitan conversation about these difficult issues.

The conference will be held at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Goldsmiths, University of London.

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The conference was held:

on Thursday 10th November 2011 at London School of Economics and

and on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November 2011 at Goldsmiths, University of London

Attendance at the conference is free, but booking is essential.  Please complete the online booking form to reserve a place.

The conference is an initiative of the Sociology Departments at Goldsmiths, University of London and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

London School of Economics Goldsmiths, University of London

It has been supported by those institutions and by the British Academy.

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Click here for the programme.