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William Watkin

William Watkin

Professor of Contemporary Philosophy and Literature, Brunel University London

I am one of the leading experts on contemporary, continental philosophy in particular as regards how it relates to contemporary political situations. I specialise in the work of Agamben, Badiou, Derrida, Foucault, and Deleuze. I also work extensively on violence, conflict, terrorism, world politics and technology.

I teach a course on violence at Brunel University specialising in issues of capital punishment, technology, terrorism, surveillance and control. I have recently published articles in the media on ISIS decapitations and on the crisis in capital punishment in the US.

I have also published academic work on violence, for example: “Agamben, Benjamin and the Indifference of Violence” in Towards a Critique of Violence: Benjamin and Agamben. London: Bloomsbury, July 2015.

I am currently working with my agent on a book about the way digital technology has changed our relationship towards violence and death. Provisionally entitled "Snuff" it stretches from the use of social media to develop an intimate digital relationship with images of extreme violence, to the way digital technologies such as drones distances us from acts of war making them seem no more real than video games.

Briferendum Series

Referendum petition hack shows even democracy can be trolled

Jun 30, 2016 13:09 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The electronic petition submitted to parliament calling for a second referendum on Britains exit from the European Union is a notable development in digital democracy. The number of signatories has passed 4m how many will...

Tracking criminals' biodata is another step towards constant surveillance for us all

Jun 16, 2016 15:42 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

For some convicted criminals, punishment doesnt end when theyre released from prison. Thanks to new electronic tags, parole officers in the US can monitor recently released prisoners 24 hours a day. These dont just check...

Lethal injections and the tragedy of America's execution addiction

Jun 03, 2016 08:19 am UTC| Insights & Views Life Law

It began in Utah back in 1977. On January 17 of that year, Gary Gilmore became the first man to be executed in the US for more than a decade, ending a national moratorium on the death penalty. Gilmore, guilty of murdering...

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Economy

The drop in GDP rankings came as South Korea posted a nominal economic growth rate of 1.4 percent in 2019

South Korea produced a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) valued at US$1.64 trillion in 2019 to rank 10th globally, down two spots from 2018. The data was based on the Organization for Economic Cooperations (OECD)...

Migrant workers make up over 90 percent of Singapore's COVID-19 cases.

Industry groups in Singapore warned that a reduction in foreign workers would have numerous implications on the economy. They were reacting to a call for a change of policies with migrant workers making up over 90...

The drop was attributed to the lockdown-generated decline in the number of outbound travelers.

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The country's car production plunged over 90 percent duirng the pandemic.

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The surge in net income was due to increased interest income

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Politics

Why is there so much furore over China's Belt and Road Initiative?

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Joe Biden says he will likely pick his vice president by August 1

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Science

New study suggests asteroid collision did not cause extinction of the dinosaurs

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Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin reveals how they planted the US flag on the Moon

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NASA: Rocosmos says Russia is to begin work on new space station

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Asteroids: Asteroid-comet hybrid spotted by NASA's asteroid warning system

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Technology

The coronavirus pandemic is boosting the big tech transformation to warp speed

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iPhone 12: Best leaked details about Apple’s next premium smartphones

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Poco F2 Pro vs. Poco X2: What’s the right Poco device to buy

After a year-long silence, the Poco brand went in stronger in 2020 now has two new devices with its name on it even before the first half of the year concludes. The Poco X2 and Poco F2 Pro are both competitive smartphones...

Nintendo Switch: ‘The Outer Worlds’ and 3 more exciting games launching in June

June is going to be a good month for Nintendo Switch users simply because of the lineup of games launching on the portable console. One that needs no introduction is The Outer Worlds, but there are several other titles...
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