Dr Bianca Baggiarini

Senior Lecturer - Attitudes Towards Autonomy
School of Engineering and Information Technology


Building 17, Northcott Drive, Canberra ACT

Postal Address:
c/o School of Engineering and Information Technology
PO Box 7916
Canberra 2610


Bianca Baggiarini received her PhD in 2018 from York University, Toronto, Canada. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, and is a member of the Values in Defence and Security Technology (VDST) research group, based at the School of Engineering & Information Technology (SEIT). As an interdisciplinary, broadly trained sociologist, Baggiarini's research utilizes critical and genealogical-historical methodological approaches to expand upon the contested meaning(s) and effects of combat unmanning and autonomous weapons systems, through the theoretical frameworks offered by critical security/military studies, political sociology, and the sociology of violence. Her previous research analyzed how states respond to a "crisis of military sacrifice" in light of the neoliberal restructuring of capitalism. To that end, she explored the relations between military privatization and combat unmanning to expose the various ways in which the historical link between citizenship and sacrifice is undone by postmodern styles of warfare. Her current post-doctoral work is two-pronged: the first component explores how systems of reward, recognition, and military recruitment are being troubled (and necessarily reshaped) in light of increasingly autonomous, emerging military technology. The second element concerns the relationship between disembodied combat, (i.e. "drone warfare") and the symbiotic politics of memory and forgetting, particularly so in relation to concepts of sovereignty, life, and the changing meaning of legitimate nation state violence.      

Book Chapters

Baggiarini B, 2019, 'Governing Through Sacrifice: Militarization, Commemoration, and Canadian Identity', in Governing the Social in Neoliberal Times, UBC Press

Baggiarini B, 2015, 'Military Privatization and the Gendered Politics of Sacrifice', in , Oxford University Press, USA

Journal articles

Rupka S; Baggiarini B, 2018, 'The (non) event of state terror: drones and divine violence', Critical Studies on Terrorism, vol. 11, pp. 342 - 356, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17539153.2018.1456735

Baggiarini B, 2015, 'Drone warfare and the limits of sacrifice', Journal of International Political Theory, vol. 11, pp. 128 - 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1755088214555597

Baggiarini B, 2014, 'Re-Making Soldier-Citizens: Military Privatization and the Biopolitics of Sacrifice', St. Anthony's International Review

Baggiarini B, 2013, 'When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race, and the Technology of Identity', CANADIAN REVIEW OF SOCIOLOGY-REVUE CANADIENNE DE SOCIOLOGIE, vol. 50, pp. 121 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cars.12006

Baggiarini B, 2013, 'Private war, private suffering, and the normalizing power of law', Advances in Gender Research, vol. 18, pp. 165 - 188, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1529-2126(2013)000018A011