Inscribing the Urban in Technical Objects

Fadi Shayya

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


How does military vehicular technology capture urban space? What kinds of associations hold armored vehicles, soldiers, and the urban together? And, how are the concerns of the military mediated through technology? This short talk attempts to answer these questions that are missing from academic discussions of militarization. It addresses the urbanization—or making urban—of military technology rather than the militarization—or making military—of urban areas. Through a pragmatist approach and ANT-inspired methodology, the research traces and translates technical data from patents and patent applications on the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles employed by the U.S. military in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars upon the increasing threat of improvised explosives devices (IEDs). Preliminary analysis shows how specific understandings of the urban are inscribed in these vehicles, transforming them from mere transportation machines to become protective architectures for soldiers, missions, and themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2018
EventSEED PGR Conference 2018 - Transcending Academic Boundaries: Creative Methods and Knowledge Sharing - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 May 201822 May 2018


ConferenceSEED PGR Conference 2018 - Transcending Academic Boundaries: Creative Methods and Knowledge Sharing
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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    Fadi Shayya (Co-Organiser), Brett Mommersteeg (Co-Organiser), Garrett Wolf (Participant), Amy Hanley (Participant) & Lukasz Stanek (Chair)

    22 May 2018

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