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WARFUN Podcast

WARFUN Podcast

By WARFUN

Welcome to the WARFUN Podcast. WARFUN is a research project funded by the European Research Council and led by Antonio De Lauri at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway. The project investigates the plurality of experiences, the emotional implications, and the narratives of war from the perspective of those who fight.

Through these conversations, the WARFUN podcast aims to offer a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be at war and how war blurs the boundaries between the extraordinary and the ordinary.

WARFUN is an ERC Consolidator Grant project (ID: 101001106).
04 – Croatian veterans’ serious war games. A conversation with Sven Milekić
04 – Croatian veterans’ serious war games. A conversation with Sven Milekić
In this episode, Iva Jelušić and Sven Milekić talk about the activities of Croatian veterans of the 1990s conflict active in veterans’ associations. The conversation focuses on the veterans' strategies of self-presentation to the public and instances where the observer can glimpse pleasure despite their emphasis on severity and sacrifice. Sven Milekić is a Doctoral candidate enrolled in the PhD programme at the Department of History at Maynooth University as recipient of the Irish Research Council’s Andrew Grene Post-Conflict Reconciliation Scholarship. Iva Jelušić is a Post-Doctoral Researcher for the “War and Fun: Reconceptualizing Warfare and Its Experience” project at the Christian Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway.
32:58
January 23, 2023
03 – Adventure, precarity and colonial nostalgia: A conversation with Jethro Norman about European ex-soldiers turned private security contractors in East Africa
03 – Adventure, precarity and colonial nostalgia: A conversation with Jethro Norman about European ex-soldiers turned private security contractors in East Africa
In this episode, Heidi Mogstad talks to Jethro Norman about his ethnographic research with European veterans working and living as private military and security contractors in East Africa. Jethro argues for the importance of taking seriously the voices and experiences of veterans and ‘mercenaries’, including their attachments to and critiques of their own societies, the military, and national and colonial history. He also unsettles conventional ideas and stereotypes about contractors, war, and international green zones. Finally, Heidi challenges Jethro to reflect on the pleasures and discomfort he experienced during his novel and volatile fieldwork. Jethro Norman is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. His current research project explores the political and humanitarian impact of Somali diaspora groups, from the perspective of communities within Somalia. He is also writing a book based on his PhD, which was an ethnographic study of former European soldiers working and living in East Africa as private military and security contractors. Heidi Mogstad is a Post-Doctoral Researcher for the “War and Fun: Reconceptualizing Warfare and Its Experience” project at the Christian Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway.
27:35
January 02, 2023
02 - Consumerism in the service of pleasure and fun during the Vietnam War. A conversation with Meredith Lair
02 - Consumerism in the service of pleasure and fun during the Vietnam War. A conversation with Meredith Lair
In this episode, Iva Jelušić and Meredith Lair talk about the life of the US soldiers in army bases during the Vietnam War. The conversation first focuses on some of the findings from Lair’s book Armed with Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War (2011), which examines the non-combat experiences of American soldiers in Vietnam. The second part of the conversation brings to the fore her current research, including soldier photography during the same war. Meredith Lair is an Associate Professor of History at George Mason University, where she directs the interdisciplinary studies graduate program, and is an expert on the Vietnam War. Iva Jelušić is a Post-Doctoral Researcher for the “War and Fun: Reconceptualizing Warfare and Its Experience” project at the Christian Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway.
40:05
December 19, 2022
01 – Is there a place for fun and pleasure in war research? A conversation with Catherine Lutz
01 – Is there a place for fun and pleasure in war research? A conversation with Catherine Lutz
In this episode, Eva Johais and Catherine Lutz discuss whether we can and should study fun in the context of war. This means dealing with moral and conceptual questions of conducting research on war. Why does Catherine Lutz call for “decentering the battlefield”? How can our own moralities inhibit our understanding of war as a central phenomenon in the contemporary world? And what forms of pleasure do people feel when they go to war? During this conversation, the concept of war is also linked to the idea of spectacle, which reveals how war resembles other forms of human experience like sports and how we all participate in war. Catherine Lutz is Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Currently, she co-directs the “Costs of War” project at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Eva Johais is a Post Doctoral Researcher for the “War and Fun: Reconceptualizing Warfare and Its Experience” project at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway.
28:11
September 27, 2022