Steven Miller to discuss casualties of war at Penn State Behrend

October 26, 2015

In his book “War after Death: On Violence and its Limits,” Steven Miller presents the theory that war is very different from the stories we tell about it. He argues that killing and death are often the narrative, but that there are still many other nonhuman casualties, including the fall of ecosystems and the loss of artworks, archives, personal property and intangible cultural traditions.

Miller will discuss this theory when he visits Penn State Behrend on Thursday, Nov. 5, for a special presentation. His talk, “Psychoanalysis, War, and the Literature of Brain Damage: Catherine Malabou and Oliver Sacks,” begins at 4:30 p.m. in Metzgar Center, and is free and open to the public.

Miller is an associate professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a scholar of psychoanalysis, literature, and continental philosophy. His book, released in 2014, focuses on his research of war’s overlooked casualties.

“We cannot suppose that the ‘object’ of war is limited to the life of the enemy; and that, consequently, we must suppose that violence always exceeds its political function and lays waste to a host of objects (human remains, artworks and architecture, landscapes, natural resources) that are too often categorized as collateral damage because they don’t obviously factor into the official game of war,” Miller said in an interview posted on the State University of New York at Buffalo’s official website.

Miller’s talk is part of the Reimagining the Humanities lecture series at Penn State Behrend. For more information, contact Janet Neigh, assistant professor of English, at

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Last Updated October 26, 2015