Sara Matthews is Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interdisciplinary work brings aesthetics and cultural theory to the study of violence and the dynamics of social conflict. Her current research considers how contemporary Canadian War Artists are responding to Canada’s military involvement in Afghanistan. She is also interested in how aesthetic practices can inform methods for cultural analysis, especially in the context of public engagements with visual representations of war and social conflict. Her new project, “The Cultural Life of Drones”, explores social responses to technologies of military surveillance and mechanized killing such as drone warfare. In addition to her academic work, Sara curates aesthetic projects that archive visual encounters with legacies of war and social trauma. Her critical writing has appeared in PUBLIC, FUSE Magazine and in exhibition essays for the Art Gallery of Bishops University, YYZ, Circuit Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ottawa. Her manuscript “Aesthetic Interventions: Art, Affect and Learning from Conflict”, explores how aesthetic mechanisms symbolize the difficult work of coming to know oneself as human in the aftermath of genocide and war.