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The global Disposable Life initiative led by Brad Evans and Adrian Parr aimed at directly rethinking the meaning of mass violence and human disposability in the 21st Century. The project featured a dedicated series of filmed reflections from Slavoj Zizek, Jean Franco, Henry Giroux, Gil Anidjar, Saskia Sassen, Ananya Roy, Zygmunt Bauman, Cynthia Enloe, David Theo Goldberg, Etienne Balibar, Griselda Pollock, Richard Sennett, Simon Critchley, Gustavo Esteva, Lewis Gordon, Max Silverman, Carol Gluck.
There was also an associated book coauthored by Brad Evans & Henry Giroux.
The project was partnered by a number of institutions including the University of Bristol; the Taft Research Centre at the University of Cincinnati; the Committee of Global Thought, Columbia University New York; the University of California Humanities Research Institute; the Central New York Humanities Corridor; along with McMaster Centre for Scholarship in Public Interest,
Founded in 2017, the State of Disappearance project has brought together artists, academics and policy makers to investigate the violence of forced absence. Directed by Brad Evans & Chantal Meza, the project features an art exhibition; public lectures; webinar series; public collaborations between art, dance and music; series of international workshops; associated book; edited journal volume and essays.
The project has been supported by Arts Council England National Lottery; the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Bath; ESRC Festival of Social Sciences; the Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol; the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath; the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; Karlstor Banhof cultural centre, Heidelberg; CAPAS, University of Heidelberg: and Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution. It is also partnered by Bristol Ideas; Locate International; Trebuchet Art Magazine; and The Philosopher.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the “Ten Years of Terror” project invited contributions from some of the world’s foremost thinkers. Directed by Brad Evans & Simon Critchley, the resultant outputs led to the production of a film that was selected for screening in the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, New York, during the month of September in 2011. The wider project featured a full series of short films that were showcased over a ten days in the Guardian newspaper, along with a number of media articles in various outlets.
Contributors to the project included: - Noam Chomsky, Simon Critchley, Saskia Sassen, Zygmunt Bauman, Mary Kaldor, Brian Massumi, Michael Hardt, Todd May, Brad Evans, Samuel Weber, Cynthia Weber, J. Peter Burgess, Michael Shapiro, Michael Dillon, and Stephen Graham.
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