Bianca Baggiarini

Senior Research Fellow


Bianca Baggiarini received her PhD in 2018 from York University, Toronto, Canada. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra. As an interdisciplinary, broadly trained sociologist, Baggiarini's research utilises critical 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 studies, political/military sociology, and the sociology of violence and identity. Her previous research analysed 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 privatisation and combat unmanning to expose the various ways in which the historical link between citizenship and sacrifice is undone by contemporary 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 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
Galliott J; Baggiarini B; Rupka S, 2021, 'Empirical Data on Attitudes Towards Autonomous Systems', in Galliott J; Ohlin JD; MacIntosh D (ed.), Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Re-Examining the Law and Ethics of Robotic Warfare, Oxford University Press, New York,
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 Gender and Private Security in Global Politics, Oxford University Press, USA
Baggiarini B, 2013, 'Private War, Private Suffering, and the Normalizing Power of Law Abstract Acknowledgments Notes', in Gendered Perspectives on Conflict and Violence, pp. 165 - 188,
Journal articles
Baggiarini B; Rupka S, 2020, 'Remembering the drone wars: High technology warfare and the Trauma Lacuna', Social Research, vol. 87, pp. 763 - 786,
Rupka S; Baggiarini B, 2018, 'The (non) event of state terror: drones and divine violence', Critical Studies on Terrorism, vol. 11, pp. 342 - 356,
Baggiarini B, 2015, 'Drone warfare and the limits of sacrifice', Journal of International Political Theory, vol. 11, pp. 128 - 144,
Baggiarini B, 2014, 'Re-Making Soldier-Citizens: Military Privatization and the Biopolitics of Sacrifice', St. Anthony's International Review
Baggiarini B, 2013, 'Private war, private suffering, and the normalizing power of law', Advances in Gender Research, vol. 18, pp. 165 - 188,
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,
Organisational units
lensSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences