Epistemological Impossibilities

Monday, October 7, 2013

The historian Audra J. Wolfe has a very good article on the ongoing historiographic controversy around the terms Cold War science or Cold War social science. The controversy is over whether Cold War social science is a useful historical category. She concludes that it is. Wolfe says that political leaders “granted” science and social science “nearly superhuman” powers during the Cold War, which differentiates this intellectual agglomeration from earlier (or later) ones like, say, Renaissance science. Other historians, however, have argued that for a variety of reasons it is not a useful term. I believe Cold War social science is a useful term but for different reasons.

Friday, June 14, 2013

In the previous post, I discussed the film Dirty Wars and a response to it in the context of my own dissertation research on counterinsurgency and police assistance. In the mailbox when I got home from seeing that film was the new issue (June 2013) of the American Historical Review, which contains a review of the recent book Modernizing Repression by Jeremy Kuzmarov.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The other night two things happened. I’ll save part two [updated] for the next blog post. First, I saw Dirty Wars, the documentary that follows Jeremy Scahill’s investigative reporting into the once highly secret Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). The film was actually much better than I had expected, and I would highly recommend it.

Past Talks

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 1:00pm
Lexington Convention Center, Thoroughbred 2
Panel: Traveling Keywords

American Studies Association Annual Meeting

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 12:00pm
Washington Hilton, Lincoln West (C)
Excavating the Roots of the Carceral State: Black Freedom Struggles and White Resistance 1955-1965
North American Labor History Conference: Geographies of Labor
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 11:00am
McGregor, Room J, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Critical Geographic Approaches to Labor History and Political Struggle

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