This page contains papers that I have presented at various conferences over the years, as well as a Power Point presentation here and there. I have provided full-text copies for download.
Papers & Presentations
New (upcoming) - Sean Lawson & Robert W. Gehl, “Convergence Security: Cyber-Surveillance and the Biopolitical Production of Security,” Presentation at Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life, An International Workshop, University of Toronto, 12-15 May 2011.
New - Nick Russell, Michael Middleton, Marouf Hasian, and Sean Lawson, “Flipping for Sides: Counterinsurgency Doctrines (COIN), President Obama’s ‘Long War’, and Debates about U.S. Military and Foreign Policy during the Afghanistan Campaign,” Presented at the National Communication Association annual conference, San Francisco, CA, Novermber 14-17, 2010.
Gordon R. Mitchell & Sean Lawson, “A Steep Climb to the Moral High Ground: Rhetorical Constraints on Obama’s Detainee Policy,” Presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL, November 10-13, 2009.
“The Closed World Revisited: Systems Science, Computers, and the Emergence of a Nonlinear View of War,” Presented at the Society for Social Studies of Science annual conference, Washington, D.C., October 29 – November 2, 2009.
“From Network Society to Network-Centric Warfare: Articulating Theories of Information Age Warfare in the U.S. Military,” Presented at the Association of Internet Researchers annual conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 16-18, 2008.
“Loosing the Blogs of War: The Advent of Milblogging in the Post-9/11 U.S. Military,” Presented at the Association of Internet Researchers annual conference, Vancouver, B.C., October 17-20, 2007.
Sean Lawson, Hector Postigo, Marouf Hasian, “A Hopeful Mirror: Military Games as Visions of the Future Army,” Presented at the Society for Social Studies of Science annual conference, Montreal, QC, October 11-13, 2007.
“Upon Peering into the ‘Closed World’ and Finding it Messy: Science, Technology and the Military Reform Movement, 1976-1986,” Presented at the Society for the Social Studies of Science annual conference, Vancouver, B.C., November 1-5, 2006.
“Chaos, Complexity, and Networks: The Intellectual Foundations of U.S. Military Transformation,” Presented at Science and Technology in Context: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C., April 23-25, 2004.
“At the Crossroads of National Security and Agriculture: Assessing the Threat of Chemical and Biological Warfare Against Crops and Livestock,” Presented at the Heartland Conference, California State University, Stanislaus, June 2000.
“Aum Shinrikyo and the 1995 Tokyo Subway Attack in Historical Perspective,” Presented at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Regional Conference, California State University, Sacramento, March 2000.
“Technoscience and (Post)modern Military Imaginaries,” Society for Social Studies of Science annual conference, Washington, D.C., October 29 – November 2, 2009. (Panelists included Frans Osinga, Antoine Bousquet, Christopher Coker, and Sean Lawson.)