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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

S. Korea to deliver $5.15-M assistance to 6 countries

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Portugal to speed up renewable hydrogen projects in polluting sectors

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German automotive industry optimistic of export prospects

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German real GDP growth shrinks in Q2 2020, likely to rebound in Q3

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WTO to look into S. Korea-Japan trade feud

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Politics

Joe Biden: Former VP pushes for Congress to pass emergency housing package following expiration of unemployment benefits

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Barack Obama: Former POTUS criticizes Donald Trump's attempts at voter suppression in time for November elections

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Donald Trump: POTUS says Dr. Anthony Fauci's explanation for COVID-19 surge is wrong

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Science

NASA: Scientists warn about 'Bermuda Triangle in space' that could affect spacecraft carrying Perseverance Rover

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Mars mission: Scientist warns the only way to determine if there was life on Mars is to bring back samples

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Donald Trump: POTUS defends use of hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 cure

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NASA: SpaceX to launch four astronauts to ISS in 2021 Crew-2 mission

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Technology

‘Red Dead Online’ Halloween Event features and special cosmetics leak online

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PlayStation 5: Sony is releasing a limited number of units - Here's the pre-order details to ensure your reservation

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2 billion WhatsApp users could soon mute annoying group chats forever

WhatsApp versions in beta have been spotted this week revealing that the popular messaging app would soon be getting new major features. The option to always mute a group conversation as well as sending expiring messages...
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