Control War

Control: War. Brad Evans (Bristol University), Frida Beckman (Stockholm University), Lauren Wilcox (Cambridge University)

Members of the network include Neel Ahuja, Ron Broglio, Brad Evans, Gregory Flaxman, Colleen Glenney Boggs, Dehlia Hannah, Caroline Holmqvist, Gregg Lambert, Stephanie LeMenager, Timothy Morton, Jeffrey T. Nealon, Paul Patton, Jasbir Puar, David Watson, and Cary Wolfe.

Neel Ahuja, Associate Professor of Postcolonial Studies, University of North Carolina, U.S.A. Ahuja’s research focuses on the intersection of science, culture, and politics, with a special emphasis on biological and environmental security. Drawing on literary, visual, and state archives connecting South Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and the United States, his writings focus on a variety of topics: warfare, migration, environmental conservation, animal rights initiatives, disease control, disability and medical activism, and mass incarceration. His essays appear in journals such as American Quarterly and PMLA.

Frida Beckman (network director), Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University. Beckman’s current research focuses on the interrelation between control society and cultural critique, as her book Culture Control Critique: Allegories of Reading the Present (2016) suggests. She has previously published articles on politics, temporality and literature in journals such as SubStanceSymploke, and Cinema Journal, edited the collection Deleuze and Sex (2011), and written the monograph Between Desire and Pleasure: A Deleuzian Theory of Sexuality (2013).

Ron Broglio, Associate Professor of English, Arizona State University. Broglio’s research focuses on how philosophy and aesthetics can help us rethink the relationship between humans and the environment. Publications include Surface Encounters: Thinking with Animals and Art (2011), several special issues of journals and some 35 articles and essays including, most recently, “When animals and technology are beyond human grasping” (2013), “Docile numbers and Stubborn Bodies: Population and the Problem of Multitude” (2013).

Brad Evans is a Senior Lecturer in international relations at the University of Bristol in England. He is the founder and director of the Histories of Violence project. His most recent books includeDisposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle(with Henry Giroux),Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously(with Julian Reid) and “Liberal Terror.” Brad regularly writes for a number of prominent news organisations, including the New York Times and the LA Review of Books.

Gregory Flaxman, Associate Professor and Director of Global Cinema Studies, University of North Carolina, U.S.A. Flaxman’s research broadly concerns the relationship between art—especially cinema, literature —and philosophy. The author of Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy (2011) and the editor of The Brain is the Screen (2000), He is currently co-editing a collection devoted to biopolitics in post-disciplinary societies, writing on the (im)possibility of being “off the grid,” and researching the genealogy of off-screen space.

Colleen Glenney Boggs, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Dartmouth College, U.S.A. Glenney Bogg’s particular expertise is in animal studies, transatlantic studies, literary theory and gender studies. The recipient of prestigious fellowships from among others the Mellon Foundation, she has published two books: Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity (2013) and Transnationalism and American Literature: Literary Translation 1773-1892 (2007). Her articles have appeared in American Literature, PMLA and Cultural Critique, among others. She is co-editor of the book series Edinburgh Studies in Transatlantic Literatures and Cultures.

Dehlia Hannah, Research Curator and Assistant Professor, Arizona State University. Hannah’s research focuses on weather/climate/atmosphere as concepts that bridge material environmental phenomena with political spheres and moods. She is currently developing this focus in relation to cultures of climate control, thinking about the politics of geo-engineering, environmental monitoring and public health matters. Publications include: “Debt Aesthetics: Medium Specificity and Social Practice in the Work of Cassie Thornton” with Leigh Claire La Berge (forthcoming).

Caroline Holmqvist holds the Eric Remacle Chair in Peace Studies, Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and is a Researcher at Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). Her research concerns the phenomenon of war, war’s contemporary expression and the relationship between politics and violence. Underpinning all of her work is the question of what it means to be human, and how human beings relate to one another – politically, ethically and philosophically. Her current research project deals with questions of time and temporality and their implications for understanding war and violence. Caroline has published three books, most recently her monograph Policing Wars: On Military Intervention in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and an edited volume entitled War, Police and Assemblages of Intervention (Routledge, 2014), as well as several articles and book chapters on themes related to war and the politics and ethics thereof.

Gregg Lambert, Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, Syracuse University, U.S.A. Lambert has published widely on critical theory and cultural history. He is also the founding director of the Syracuse University Humanities Center, Principal Investigator of The Central New York Humanities Corridor and lead investigator in The Perpetual Peace Project. He is the founder of “The Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures.”

Stephanie LeMenager, Moore Endowed Professor, Department of English, University of Oregon, U.S.A. LeMenager has published widely in the fields of American Studies and environmental criticism. Books include the co-edited collection Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century, the monographs Manifest and Other Destinies (2005) and Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century (2014), which uses literary historical and ecomedia scholarshop to discuss the embeddedness of twentieth century North American Culture in fossil fuel regimes that are no longer sustainable.   She has had founding roles in various green public humanities ventures, including the environmental humanities journal Resilience. Her new book project, Weathering, focuses on the ecological significance of literature in the era of global climate change.

Timothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. Morton is the author of over ten monographs and a hundred essays on philosophy, ecology, and literature. Publications central to this project and to the field of the Environmental Humanities include Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (2013), The Ecological Thought (2010), Ecology without Nature (2007).

 Jeffrey T. Nealon, Professor of English and Philosophy, Penn State University, U.S.A. Nealon has published widely on contemporary literary and cultural theory, in journals including Critical Inquiry and PMLA. The author of numerous books, his most relevant publications for this project include Foucault Beyond Foucault: Power and Its Intensifications since 1984 (2008), Post-Postmodernism; or, the Cultural Logic of Just-In-Time Capitalism (2012).

Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutger’s University, U.S.A. Author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (2007) and editor of volumes such as “Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization,” Puar writes for academic journals such as Radical History Review, Feminist Studies, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society as well as non-academic venues such as The Guardian and Huffington Post. Her forthcoming monograph Affective Politics: States of Debility and Capacity will be published with Duke UP).

David Watson, Associate Professor, Department of English, Uppsala University. Publishing mainly in American literature focusing on transnational and translation studies, Watson’s most recent research is on finance and the contemporary American novel and his current work revolves around completing a monograph entitled Security Cultures: Imperialism, Vulnerability, and Twenty-First Century American Fiction. He is also project leader of an international collaboration on Fictions of Threat: Speculation, Security, and Surviving the Now. 

Cary Wolfe, Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor, Department of English, Rice University. One of the leading figures in the field of animal studies and posthumanist theory, Wolfe’s monograph What is Posthumanism? (2010) is a central text in this field. Other publications include Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (2012) as well as a large number of other books and essays. He is Series Editor of the Posthumanities book series at Minnesota University Press and founding director of 3CT: Center for Critical and Cultural Theory at Rice University.





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