Elke Schwarz

Position: Lecturer in International Politics, University of Leicester

Links: Website

Expertise Areas: Drones, International Relations, Autonomous Weapons

Contact: es304@leicester.ac.uk


Elke Schwarz is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester, where she teaches on Technology, Politics and War. 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://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/politics/people/dr-elke-schwarz

Recent Publications:

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

‘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.