Life in the Age of Drone Warfare


[Still image from NATIONAL BIRD © Ten Forward Films]

Here is the Contents page from Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan (eds) Life in the Age of Drone Warfare, due from the wonderful people at Duke University Press later this year.

Introduction – Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan 

I. Juridical, Genealogical and Geopolitical Imaginaries

1. Dirty Dancing: Drones and Death in the Borderlands – Derek Gregory 35

2. Lawfare and Armed Conflicts: A Comparative Analysis of Israeli and US
Targeted Killing Policies – Lisa Hajjar 91

3. American Kamikazes: Television-Guided Assault Drones in World War II
Katherine Chandler 139

4. (Im)material Terror: Incitement to Violence Discourse as Racializing Technology
in the War on Terror – Andrea Miller 175

5. Vertical Mediation and US Drone War in the Horn of Africa – Lisa Parks 211

II. Perception and Perspective

6. Drone-o-Rama: Troubling the Temporal and Spatial Logics of Distant Warfare – Caren Kaplan 242

7. Dronology: Or Four Twice Told Tell Tales – Ricardo Dominguez 268

8. In Pursuit of Other Networks: Drone Art and Accelerationist Aesthetics – Thomas Stubblefield 292

9. The Containment Zone – Madiha Tahir 322

10. Stoners, Stones and Drones: Transnational South Asian Visuality from Aboveand Below – Anjali Nath 356

III. Biopolitics, Automation and Robotics

11. Taking People Out: Drones, Media/Weapons and the Coming Humanectomy – Jeremy Packer and Josh Reeves

12. The Labor of Surveillance and Bureaucratized Killing: New Subjectivities of Military Drone Operators – Peter Asaro 415

13. Letter from a Sensor Operator – Brandon Bryant 465

14. Materialities of the Robotic – Jordan Crandall 478

15. Drone Imaginaries: The Techno-Politics of Visuality in Postcolony and Empire – Inderpal Grewal 506

And here are two responses to the book:

“As the presence of the drone in public imaginaries expands, its military/imperial paternities are overshadowed while the modes of violence that drone operations enable are progressively normalized. This thoughtfully curated collection definitively interrupts those trajectories. Putting the drone in its geopolitical place, it traces drone genealogies through histories of surveillance and killing from above, to the colonial presents in which we are all implicated, and that we need now more than ever to stand against.” — Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University, UK

“Life in the Age of Drone Warfare is an intoxicating whirlwind of a volume explicating the drone in history, law, culture and geopolitics. Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan steer the way through an incisive feminist and critical lens partnered with startling material evidence. We find the drone coiled within matrices of relations, both distant and intimate, calculative, legal and bureaucratic, yet embodied and affective. Twisted in not only a vertical but vortical kind of power, the drone winds, distorts, corkscrews and strangles—rewriting worlds as it goes.” — Peter Adey, Royal Holloway, University of London

You can find a longer version of my chapter under the DOWNLOADS tab.

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