One hundred years ago, French troops fired tear gas grenades into German trenches. Designed to force people out from behind barricades and trenches, tear gas causes burning of the eyes and skin, tearing, and gagging. Chemical weapons are now banned from war zones. But today, tear gas has become the most commonly used form of “less-lethal” police force. Anna Feigenbaum's Tear Gas is the first history of this weapon, and takes us from military labs and chemical weapons expos to union assemblies and protest camps, drawing on declassified reports and witness testimonies to show how policing with poison came to be.
This Author-Meets-Critics panel brings together interdisciplinary scholars from Political Geography, Communications, and Management Studies to discuss Anna Feigenbaum's book Tear Gas in relation to protest, detention, border politics and the logistics of riot control as an international arms industry.
|Introduction||Anna Feigenbaum Bournemouth University||10|
|Panelist||Alessandra Renzi Concordia University||10|
|Discussant||Fabian Frenzel University of Leicester||10|
|Discussant||Jason Dittmer University College London||10|
|Discussant||Anna Feigenbaum Bournemouth University||20|
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