ASA is virtual this year but I’m actually serving as chair/comment on the “Creativity and Revolt In / Against Histories of Violence” panel. This panel, which is sponsored by the Visual Culture Caucus, invites exploration of the fraught, often unpredictable relationships between creativity and revolt in histories of violence.  What forms of creativity and revolt in response to violence get recognized as such?  Which ones get buried, overlooked, or obscured?  What objects and images record these histories?  And how might we read them with an eye toward what might otherwise go unseen? I’ll look forward to learning more from Elijah Gaddis, Louise Davis, and Judith Ridner.

And another lovely review …

This one is from Global Policy, and offers another occasion to reflect on the general fantastic-ness of all the contributors to Remote Warfare.

It is essential reading for researchers interested in how the technologies of remote warfare have been imagined, presented, and resisted. For researchers interested in the geopolitical logics of remote warfare … this text sheds new light on how the constitutive “remoteness” of remote warfare has come to be mediated and encountered by Western publics through a range of different forms of popular culture. 

Lovely review of “Remote Warfare”

I recently stumbled upon a lovely review of my co-edited collection, Remote Warfare: New Cultures of Violence in Security Dialogue. Here’s a spoiler:

This book is an excellent resource for researchers intent on forming a better understanding of the methodological challenges that are reflected in researching trauma in complex environments, such as the distant battlefield, and how contemporary modes of approaching this topic have shifted over time.

Interview on #COVIDCalls

I am a little bit in awe of the work that Scott Gabriel Knowles is doing on his thoughtful, wide-ranging, and generally epic COVIDCalls podcast.

I joined him for a conversation back in May, which you can find here. In addition to talking about Coronavirus Lost and Found, we also talked about how we talk about the pandemic in general, the problems with discourses of resiliency, and more. Visit the site to listen to my interview or any of the hundreds (!) of others he has done since the spring of 2020.

“Curating for Culture” Workshop

A belated thanks to my new friends at Curating for Culture for their invitation to host an online workshop on pandemic archiving last month. This Bangalore-based collective is creating online archival spaces where people can record their pandemic experiences, and supporting others who want to launch their own archival projects. Their work is outstanding. A recording of my workshop, “Acknowledging the Crisis,” is available here.

Don’t tell my other publications …

… 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).

Remote Warfare – a new co-edited collection!

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.