Dr Adi Kuntsman
My work lies at the intersection of cybercultures/digital and social media; anti-colonial and feminist scholarship; queer theory; and social research on war, nationalism and colonialism. My fields of geographic and thematic interest are broad and diverse: I have written on queer racisms in Israel-Palestine; on sexuality and class in Gulag historiography; on digital horizons of hatred in post-Soviet diaspora; and on social media in militarized settings across the world.The common thread in all of my work is my interest in violence – its affective economy and its cultural imageries, its seductive power and its bargaining value. I am especially interested in political effects of living with violence as a perpetrator, a spectator, a bystander, or a complicit beneficiary.
I am the author of Figurations of Violence and Belonging: Queerness, Mingranthood and Nationalism in Cyberspace and Beyond (2009), and the co-editor of Queer Necropolitics (with Jin Haritaworn and Silvia Posocco, 2014); Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion: Feelings, Affect and Technologica Change (with Athina Karatzogianni, 2012); and Out of Place: Interrogating Silences in Queerness/ Raciality (with Esperanza Miyake, 2008). My new book, DigitalMilitarism: Israeli Occupation in the Social Media Age (co-authored with Rebecca L. Stein, forthcoming from Stanford University Press) examines mobile technologies and social media as tools, sites, and languages of Israeli militarist violence.
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