Ethics & Global Security: the OCIS session

Ethics & Global Security: the OCIS session

Just last week my new book, Ethics & Global Security: A Cosmopolitan Approach, co-authored with Katrina Lee-Koo and Matt McDonald, was published. This happy event coincided with a panel at the Oceanic Conference on International Studies – chaired by Professor Toni Erskine (UNSW) – which heard searching commentaries on the book by Professors Robyn Eckersley […]

Bug Splats and other metaphors

Originally posted on Installing (Social) Order:
A recent art installation is trying to disrupt the dehumanizing effects of drone technology and the metaphor of the “bugsplat” when talking about the “targets” of drone strikes. The images can be found at The installation is a huge picture of child that the drone operator can see and is…

Security Cosmopolitanism

Attached here is a link to my new article, “Security Cosmopolitanism”, which appears in the very first issue of Critical Studies on Security, a new journal that aims, in the words of its editors, to ‘gather some of the best literature, to challenge ourselves as critical security scholars and to open and explore new avenues […]

the art of shock & awe

In May 2010 I had the privilege of meeting the Australian artist Michael Callaghan, who invited me to his studio in the ANU’s School of Art to talk to him about his recent war work. I looked over massive screenprints of some of the Iraq and torture pieces, saw the layers in Photoshop he was […]

life insurance & death command

This narrative essay, “Life in the Hall of Smashed Mirrors”, was initially drafted in 2006 as an entry for the Australian Book Review’s Calibre Prize. It was subsequently revised and published in full length with notes in Borderlands, 7(1), May 2008, and a slightly abridged version in Meanjin Quarterly, 67(4), in December 2008. ::::::::::: Often […]