Elke Schwarz

Position: Lecturer in Political Theory, Queen Mary University London

Links: Website

Expertise Areas: Drones, International Relations, Autonomous Weapons

Contact: e.schwarz@qmul.ac.uk


Elke Schwarz is Lecturer in Political Theory at Queen Mary University London. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research focuses on the intersection of ethics of war and ethics of technology with an emphasis on the ethics of unmanned and autonomous / intelligent military technologies and their impact on the politics of contemporary warfare. Elke is involved in a number of inter-disciplinary initiatives on the ethics of drone warfare and is currently working on a project on military ethics and Artificial Intelligence. She is the author of ‘Death Machines: The Ethics of Violent Technologies’ (Manchester University Press), which investigates how technologies shape subjectivities, and, in turn, ethics. Elke is also co-convenor of the BISA working group ‘Ethics and Wold Politics’. For more of her current work see http://www.politics.qmul.ac.uk/staff/profiles/schwarzelke.html

Recent Publications:

Death Machines: The Ethics of Violent Technologies (Manchester University Press, 2018).

‘Flesh and Steel: antithetical materialities in the war on terror’. Critical Studies on Terrorism. Vol. 11, No. 2 (2018).

‘Technology and moral vacuums in just war theorising’, Journal of International Political Theory, online first 6 January 2018.

‘Hybridity and Humility: What of the Human in Posthuman Security?’, in `Eroukhmanoff, C. and Harker, M. (eds) Reflections on the Posthuman in International Relations: The Anthropocene, Security and Ecology (2017).

‘Pursuing Peace: The strategic limits of drone warfare’. An INS special forum: intelligence and drones. Intelligence and National Security 32:4 (2017), pp. 422-425.

‘Prescription drones: On the techno-biopolitical regime of contemporary ethical killing’. Security Dialogue, 47:1 (2016), pp. 59-75.