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Battlefield Trophies

Battlefield Trophies

Soldiers’ Archives and the Affective Politics of Recoil

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Distant Wars Visible
Wendy Kozol
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the ways in which archives that bear the traces of military violence set up ambivalent affective demands for those who turn to photographic archives in pursuit of evidence. I propose witnessing strategies that encourage a self-reflexive engagement with spectatorship and the ethical challenges of historical accountability.

Keywords:   Visual Witnessing, War on Terror, U.S. militarism, Women’s Human Rights, Photojournalism, Abu Ghraib, Orientalism, Conflict Photography, Humanitarianism, Ethical spectatorship

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