Researcher

Dr Bianca Baggiarini

Biography

Bianca Baggiarini received her PhD in 2018 from York University, Toronto, Canada. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, based at the School of Engineering & Information Technology (SEIT). As an interdisciplinary, broadly trained sociologist, Baggiarini's research utilizes critical and genealogical-historical methodological approaches to expand upon the...view more

Bianca Baggiarini received her PhD in 2018 from York University, Toronto, Canada. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, based at the School of Engineering & Information Technology (SEIT). As an interdisciplinary, broadly trained sociologist, Baggiarini's research utilizes critical and genealogical-historical methodological approaches to expand upon the contested meaning(s) and effects of combat unmanning and autonomous weapons systems, through the theoretical frameworks offered by critical security/military studies, political sociology, and the sociology of violence. Her previous research analysed how states respond to a "crisis of military sacrifice" in light of the neoliberal restructuring of capitalism. To that end, she explored the relations between military privatization and combat unmanning to expose the various ways in which the historical link between citizenship and sacrifice is undone by postmodern styles of warfare. Her current post-doctoral work is two-pronged: the first component explores how systems of reward, recognition, and military recruitment are being troubled (and necessarily reshaped) in light of increasingly autonomous, emerging military technology. The second element concerns the relationship between disembodied combat and the symbiotic politics of memory and forgetting, particularly so in relation to concepts of sovereignty, life, and the changing meaning of legitimate nation state violence.      

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Location

Building 17, Northcott Drive, Canberra ACT

Postal Address:
c/o School of Engineering and Information Technology
PO Box 7916
Canberra 2610
Australia

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