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.
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.
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.
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.