Disposable Life – New Initiative Now Launched

Disposable Life

New Initiative Now Launched

Inaugural reflection by Cynthia Enloe

The histories of violence project is pleased to announce the launch of a new global initiative on the theme of disposable life that aims to rethink the meaning of mass violence and human destruction in the 21st Century.


The initial phase of this project will feature monthly released reflections from academics, artists, writers and public intellectuals. We are delighted to announce that the inaugural reflection for this series is provided by the celebrated feminist scholar Cynthia Enloe. Further participants over the coming year will include, Simon Critchley, Zygmunt Bauman, Gayatri Spivak, Henry A. Giroux, Jean Franco, Gottfried Helnwein, Saskia Sassen, Slavoj Zizek, Etienne Balibar, Griselda Pollock, Jake Chapman and Richard Sennett to name a few.

The ‘Disposable Life’ project is a joint initiative, funded by the following organisations:

  • The Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol
  • The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, New York
  • The Perpetual Peace Project; The Central New York Humanities Corridor
  • TAFT Research Centre, University of Cincinnati
  • McMaster Centre for Scholarship in Public Interest, Ontario
  • 3CT Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Rice University
  • University California Humanities Research Institute
  • The Centre for Critical Research on Race & Identity, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

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The Histories of Violence project is an online resource center that explores the theoretical, aesthetic and empirical dimensions to violence. Taking advantage of the latest developments in new media technologies and online broadcast capabilities, it provides open access resources to compliment existing teaching formats and further facilitate trans-disciplinary discussion and reflection. Committed to pedagogy in the public interest, its guiding ethos is to critically challenge violence in all its forms.

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