Author Meets the Critics: Anna Feigenbaum's Tear Gas from the Battlefields of WW1 to the Streets of Today (Verso 2017)

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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Galerie 5, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Anna Feigenbaum
Chairs: Anja Kanngieser


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.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Anna Feigenbaum Bournemouth University 10
Panelist Alessandra Renzi Concordia University 10
Discussant Fabian Frenzel University of Leicester 10
Panelist Anja Kanngieser 10
Discussant Jason Dittmer University College London 10
Discussant Anna Feigenbaum Bournemouth University 20

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