Category Archives: Biopolitics

The Dronification of State Violence, Part 1: Life and Death in the West Wing

This post is part of a series of sections from a broader paper, which can be found online here. Full citation: Ian Shaw and Majed Akhter (2014) The Dronification of State Violence, Critical Asian Studies, 46(2): 211-234. Introduction: Life and … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence – published

I have just been notified that Critical Asian Studies have published my co-authored paper, “The Dronification of State Violence.” Here’s the abstract: This article explores the shifting methods of U.S. state violence. Building on their earlier work, the authors focus … Continue reading

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Intervention – ‘Ghosts in the Machine: Drone Warfare will Haunt the Future’

Originally posted on AntipodeFoundation.org:
by Ian G. R. Shaw, University of Glasgow How did the planet become a robotic hunting ground? The grip of a single nation over the world is a fantasy as old as empire. But in…

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Giorgio Agamben: What is an Apparatus?

Before most of these writing notes make it to cutting floor (a process that always makes me shriek a little), I thought I’d post them here. On Agamben’s 2009 “What is an Apparatus” essay (which can be found online). It’s … Continue reading

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U.S. military is seeking to improve troop concentration with “electroconvulsive therapy”

The Pentagon has begun experiments into improving human concentration by passing electric current through its soldiers’ brains. Drone pilots in particular could benefit from the biotechnology, given “attentiveness and recognition can deteriorate in as little as 20 minutes.” Several dozen … Continue reading

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The Sound of Terror: Phenomenology of a Drone Strike

The “sensory” dimension of drone strikes is explored in Nasser Hussein’s article, “Phenomenology of a Drone Strike” in the Boston Review. Here, Hussein compares two competing visual and aural registers: the silent seeing of the drone’s camera from the skies, … Continue reading

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Chalmers Johnson on Empire – and the space for thought

This video comes from 2007 as part of Berkeley’s “Conversations with History” show. The inimitable Chalmers Johnson discusses his “Blowback” trilogy of books — “Blowback”, “Sorrows for Empire” and “Nemesis”. All of them revolve around U.S. foreign policy and militarism. … Continue reading

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