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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

Singapore replacing Hong Kong emerges as financial hub for S.Korean banks

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S. Korea's nuclear research institute hacked by N. Korean agency: lawmaker

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Politics

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Kamala Harris immigration: DHS chief pushes back on GOP Rep.'s question on if VP plans to visit border

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Science

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New global guidelines for stem cell research aim to drive discussions, not lay down the law

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Microfluidics: The tiny, beautiful tech hidden all around you

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Technology

KT to invest 23.6 billion won in fintech firms under Webcash Group

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‘GTA Online’ will leave Xbox 360 and PS3 in December

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Huawei will reportedly skip the Mate 50 series in 2021

Another powerful smartphone series from one of the worlds leading brands is reportedly not getting a refresh model in 2021. It became clear in the previous months that Samsung will not release the Galaxy Note 21 lineup...
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