Call for Chapters for an Edited Volume
Human Rights in the Age of Drones: Critical Perspectives on Post-9/11 Literature, Film and Art
Editor: Muhammad Waqar Azeem, PhD (Binghamton University)
Abstract Deadline: June 15, 2023
This edited volume titled Human Rights in the Age of Drones: Critical Perspectives on Post-9/11 Literature, Film and Art is under an advanced contract with a major publisher and aims to produce critical, theoretical, and analytical debates on the literary and cultural representations of the weaponized drones. We seek chapters on the intersections between human rights and the representation of drone warfare in post-9/11 visual and graffiti art, film and documentaries, plays and stage performances, and poetry, memoirs and fiction. Within the broader context of war on terror, the chapters may contemplate: how do drones complicate the conceptualization of human rights and war both in national and international discourses? How, and with what consequences, do UAVs bypass juridical procedures and normalize target-killing? What challenges do surveillance drones pose to the notions of privacy and biopolitics? How does drone aesthetics produce a counter-archive against the power and hegemonic control of the Empire? How do cultural artefacts capture and resist the violence from above? A strong engagement with the recent critical and theoretical debates on human rights and literature/art is encouraged.
If interested, please email your abstract (150-200 words) and a brief bio to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15, 2023. You will hear about your abstract by the end of June and polished drafts of the chapters (7000-9000 words) will be due on September 30, 2023.