Over 2016-2017, I'm teaching a number of courses and tutorials across Communications Studies, Cultural Studies, Global Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. Across these different fields and programs, I foreground questions of power, biopolitics, capitalism and neoliberalism, decolonization, and radical pedagogy in order to emphasize the importance of the public university as place of common wealth. Before my work at Laurier, I was a full-time lecturer with term appointment at the University of Saskatchewan from 2010 to 2013.
My academic work continues to focus on military violence, the semiotic production of military affairs, and the 'biopoliticization of contemporary North Atlantic warfare. I interrogate how military doctrine and practice through paradigms like counterinsurgency, contingency and stability operations, and remote warfare mix firepower and biopower to create speculative environmental effects directed at global populations. Working around critical security studies and liberal war studies, I emphasize the increasing indistinction between ways of war, rule, and life, and the boomerang effects of contemporary warfare that erode boundaries between foreign and domestic jurisdictions. I'm also focused on the spatialization and territorialization of military violence in what are relational geographies of war, security, policing, and interdiction.
Additionally, I'm interested in issues of camouflage and military perception, in the production of military doctrine as a semiotic and discursive system, and in critiquing the indiscriminate register of 'lesser evil' forms of military violence in relation to future military operating concepts, and how these concepts obscure and displace war into seemingly non-military spaces.
I'm also developing a wider project around the idea of "sustainable warfare," which examines the logistical, aesthetic, and material production of late modern warfare as waged by the core advanced capitalist states on the North Atlantic basin by considering the invocation of sustainability, ecology, and environmentalism.
Office Location: DAWB 3-127
Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Languages spoken: English, French
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