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Martial epistemologies, artificial intelligence and machineries of knowledge production 
Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI))
Lilly Muller (Cornell University)
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Jutta Weber (University Paderborn)
Jutta Weber (University Paderborn)
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

How to make sense of contemporary epistemological transformations in relation to so-called artificial intelligence which currently underpins the imaginaries and practices of security and military assemblages, the worlds they produce, the modes of power they allow for and the violence they engender?

Long Abstract:

How can we make sense of the contemporary mobilization of so-called artificial intelligence into security and warfighting assemblages? This panel seeks to move the conversation on AI in military and security practices beyond the ‘what ifs’ of killer robots, the ethics of autonomy and the fallibility of sociotechnical systems towards how militaries and the larger security apparatus are making sense of and providing meaning to the operational environment through algorithmic processing of massive quantities of data. At stake here is not only the automation of warfare or security practices, but a world that is increasingly rearranged and designed in ways in which the only rational way of thinking about politics and security is through military supremacy, violence, continuous operations, and global domination. Interested in the “closed world” of martial epistemologies, we are looking for critical interventions that examine the imaginaries, operative logics, and sociotechnical practices of “machineries of knowledge production”. Shifting focus from killing to knowing, and from perception to intelligibility we are calling for open, innovative, and experimental investigations that provide novel insights into the historical constitution, present operational and future ramification of the epistemological transformations underpinning martial practices, the worlds they produce, the modes of power they allow for and the conflict and violence they engender. While we are looking for broad empirical inquiries into AI and the question of martial practices, these can, but are by no means limited to traversing the following questions:

How can we rethink critique, practice, and knowledge production amidst generative AI? How can we challenge the technopolitics of martial imaginaries and the militarism they engender? How should we understand and analytically engage with the design and engineering of particular epistemic configurations? How do novel machine learning systems transform epistemic operations, and to what effects?

Accepted papers:

Session 1