The amazing special issue of Cultural Studies on “The Cultural Politics of COVID-19” now exists in book form! A big thanks to the editors for including my article “Enduring COVID-19, Nevertheless” in it.
On Thursday, November 3, the Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore is hosting a panel discussion on “Personal Narratives in Portraying Maryland Life.” They’ve invited me to join and share my experience curating Coronavirus Lost and Found. I’m looking forward to talking about the importance of the stories that so many people have contributed to this archive.
It has gotten much more expensive for Alex Jones to peddle his wares. In a recent article on the $965,000,000 judgment against him, David Bauder asks some pointed questions about what this means not just for Jones himself but also for the future of disinformation in general. I offer some possible – if admittedly gloomy – answers.
Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture recently published a dossier on the war in Ukraine. I so appreciated the invitation to contribute to this project, and wrote a piece on media representations of Ukrainian women’s camouflage work, where I think through repeating patterns of gender, visibility, and militarization.
I was recently interviewed for an AP story on atrocity images emerging from Ukraine. There are a range of interesting perspectives in the piece, and I especially appreciate the attention to the display and management of emotion by various journalists and news agencies.
Lessons from the Pandemic: Trauma-Informed Approaches to College, Crisis, Change is just so good. I’m so grateful to the amazing editors – Janice Carello and Phyllis Thompson – for including my article, “Working with Coronavirus Lost and Found in the Trauma-Informed Classroom,” in it. And I learned so much from reading the other chapters. It’s a hard time to be an educator, and this is just the book that our moment requires.
Thanks to the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Toronto for inviting me to serve as a commentator for a launch event (this Wednesday!) to celebrate Thy Phu’s amazing new book, Warring Visions: Photography and Vietnam. Warring Visions is a brilliant counterpoint to what Phu describes as the “American framework” that otherwise shapes so much writing and thinking about the visual culture of the Vietnam War. Writing against this perspective, which crowds other views and voices out of the frame, Phu provides a richly faceted account that centers the ways that Vietnamese people represented themselves. In the process, Thy demonstrates the need to expand the conventional boundaries of the category of ‘war photography’ to include a range of other images: domestic, quotidian, misrecognized, retouched, missing, and fictionalized. This book is so good, and I’m truly looking forward to being in conversation about it.
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.
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.