I recently had a chat with Lee Boot, Director of UMBC’s Imaging Research Center and host of a smart new podcast called Kaleid (as in, you know, ‘kaleidoscope’). We talked about all sorts of things, including surveillance, consumerism, and the difficult impulse to visualize complex phenomena. The episode is available here.
It exists! This collection has its origins in a long-ago conference hallway, when the inimitable Dave Kieran and I realized that we wanted to organize a different kind of conversation about remote warfare. We wanted to broaden the scope beyond drones and shift the inquiry beyond the usual intractable debates about the morality and efficacy of violence meted out from a distance. I think we did it.
I’m so grateful to Dave for his spirited co-editorship, and to the contributors for their patience, creativity, and intellectual generosity.
Today, when collecting my work mail for the first time in months, I found a copy of the most recent issue of American Studies, where I published an article called “The Limits of Recognition: Rethinking Conventional Critiques of Drone Warfare.” Thanks to the editors and the two anonymous readers for their thoughtful engagement with my ideas and all the nudges in the direction of making them better.
Thanks to Melissa Gerr and Sheilah Kast of WYPR’s On the Record for the invitation to talk about Coronavirus Lost and Found(my public archival project) on this morning’s show. The episode is available here.
I continue to be astonished by contributions I’ve received, the candor and generosity with which people have shared their pandemic stories of losing and finding. I’m so grateful to the writers who allowed me to share their work again with a broader audience.