100 years of tear gas – 29 April

100 years of tear gas: militarisation, protests and the legacies of war – panel discussion

Birmingham City University, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 from 4pm-6pm

This panel will bring together academics, activists and experts to discuss the military, policing, legal, commercial and medical aspects of tear gas, both in historic and more contemporary contexts. First used in 1914, tear gas is a legacy of WWI, developed as a chemical weapon for military use, then misleadingly rebranded as a “non-lethal” weapon used to repress social protests around the world.

We will also explore how citizens have developed DIY gas mask instructions and home remedies, circulated transnationally in print and online, allowing for new kinds of ad-hoc “amateur practices” to emerge (i.e citizen journalists, citizen scientists, citizen lawyers).

Moderator: Dr. Dima Saber, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University


  • Neil CorneyOmega Research Foundation
    Neil researches and writes on a wide variety of military, security and police issues, including the testing and trade of ‘less lethal’ weapons, and the human rights and health implications of their use.
  • John HorneUniversity of Birmingham / Tear Gas Research Connection
    John is a PhD student researching representations of state violence in contemporary visual culture. He is a member of Bahrain Watch and works with Anna as co-coordinator of the Connecting Tear Gas Research initiative.
  • Ala’a ShehabiBahrain Watch.
    Ala’a is an academic and activist who has been a firsthand witness to the often deadly use of tear gas in Bahrain to repress the pro-democracy movement. With Bahrain Watch she’s also worked to document its misue and campaigned to prevent further exports of tear gas to Bahrain.

Who should attend
Academics, activists, experts, students and professionals interested in exploring issues around social activism, tear gas production and use around the world and media for social change. This event is organised as part of the AHRC funded WW1 Engagement Centre Voices of War & Peace and the Connecting Tear Gas Research initiative and is hosted by the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University.

Register for free on the Eventbrite page.

For more details contact Dima Saber on 0121 3317280 or @dimalb