Ships, Brooms and the End of Humanity

By Andreas Haggman At a recent conference held at Royal Holloway I was treated to a lecture by Professor Colin Williams titled ‘Fear, Flesh, Machines and Monsters: The Frankenstein Complex and the Human Response to Technology’. Notwithstanding Prof Williams’ rambunctious presentation style, the content of the talk provided numerous thought-provoking highlights. One in particular came…

Listening to War, or War Voices

I’ve just been reading google’s preview snippets of, from what i can garner, an amazing forthcoming book by J. Martin Daughtry titled Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq, out with OUP in November. In the book Daughtry introduces the notion of the belliphonic or bellum [war] and phone [voice], and his book focuses on the various…

Geopolitics, Bodies, Materials – new book series

Jason Dittmer and Ian Klinke are launching a new book series with Rowman and Littlefield titled Geopolitics, Bodies, Materials. It sounds really exciting and i think they will be commissioning manuscripts very soon. Here’s some of the early blurb: Operating at the interface of International Relations, Political Geography, Science and Technology Studies, and Political Anthropology,…

Sensing War: interdisciplinary conference, June 2014

  A rather excellent sounding conference just passed to me from Tara Woodyer.    Sensing War International Interdisciplinary Conference. 12 – 13th June 2014. London, UK. Website:  http://sensingwar.org/ War is a crucible of sensory experience and its lived affects radically transform ways of being in the world.  It is prosecuted, lived and reproduced through a…