Graduation Day! University of Queensland, Master of Philosophy research degree. Many thanks to my rigorous and wonderful supervisors, Dr. Fiona Nicoll [before she left for Alberta Uni], Dr.Amelia Barikin and Dr. Paolo Magagnoli. My thesis topic, crossing Cultural Studies and Art History, was "Drones and Night Vision: Militarised Technology in Paintings by George Gittoes and Jon Cattapan". The two external examiner reports were returned within two weeks of submission with no requests for corrections or changes. But, with a topic that involved research into the paintings and practices of such thought provoking artists as George and Jon, AND research into drones, autonomous weapons and ubiquitous surveillance, how could anyone lose interest!
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