The Trap of (In)Visibility and the Erasure of Difference

[published in CounterPunch, 15 January, 2016] One of the best articles I read in 2015 was Adolph Reed’s “From Jenner to Dolezal” wherein Reed critiques the language of identity politics in this year’s almost coetaneous “outings” of Bruce Jenner and Rachel Dolezal. Reed’s critique takes to task…

A Brief Genealogy of Disappearance and Murder

[published in CounterPunch, 23 November, 2015] The notion of disappearance has existed throughout time involving the absence of an individual or group of people and can be found throughout historical tales and literature.  Originally disappearance took place during the Roman Empire as a means of discursive disappearance:  damnatio memoriae (literally…

Biopower and Security

[published in CounterPunch, 27 February, 2015] In The History of Sexuality: The Will to Knowledge (L’histoire de la sexualité, La volonté de savoir), Michel Foucault defines biopower as the practices engaged by the modern state to effect an “an explosion of numerous and diverse techniques for achieving the…