Well, the bad news is that I’m not actually going to Perth. Webex = the story of my life. But the good news is that the event is free and open to anyone who wants to attend (also on Webex). My talk starts at 7:00 a.m. Eastern (!) but there’s also a neat panel happening before that. Thanks so much to Kit Messham-Muir and Uroš Čvoro for the invite.
… but this might be my favorite article that I’ve ever written.
I’m still astonished that the editors saw fit to include my piece in a special issue of Cultural Studies on “The Cultural Politics of COVID-19,” which is full of work by amazing scholars.
You can find my article, “Enduring COVID-19, Nevertheless” here.
And the whole issue is open-access and free to download until June 30th (thanks, Routledge).
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.
Last summer, I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to chat with Sarah Ellen Ford of the Books Aren’t Dead podcast about Figuring Violence: Affective Investments in Perpetual War. Our conversation is now 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.