The common thread in all of my work is my interest in (and my political commitment to unravel) the work of 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 also interested in how everyday uses of digital technologies produces long lasting, contradictory, and unpredictable effects on individuals, communities and broader political changes, in particular in contexts where violence is expected, normalised or glorified.
Currently, I am working on two new projects. The first one traces the changing horisons of digital memory in contexts of of evolving technologies of remembering, commemorating, capturing and leaving traces, especially with regards to violence and its futures. This project bring together my past work on haunting and silences around same-sex relations in social and literary memories of the Soviet Gulags (and the ways those might find a place in digital sites dedicated to the Soveit past); and my more recent discussion (with Rebecca L. Stein) of on-line perpetrator archives. Such archives, we argue, need to be examined not only from the perspective of mediated representations in the present, but also from the standpoint of a future court of justice.
The second project (in collaboration with Esperanza Miyake) addresses the relatively new phenomenon of 'digital disengagement' - a conscious reduction or rejection of the use of digital devices or communication platforms. In mapping discourses and practices of digital disengagement, we show that while it is believed to be transgressive and socially transformative, the recent rise in digital refusals also points to the profoundly unequal distribution of digital capitals and freedoms, within which digital disengagement emerges as a choice or even a right - but ony for some.