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Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

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James Der Derian is a Watson Institute professor of international relations (research) and professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. At the Institute, he directs the Global Security program and is the principal investigator of the InfoTechWarPeace Project. Der Derian’s most recent book is Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network (2001). He also is the author of On Diplomacy: A Genealogy of Western Estrangement (1987) and Antidiplomacy: Spies, Terror, Speed, and War (1992), and is the editor of International Theory: Critical Investigations (1994) and The Virilio Reader (1998). His articles on the media, military, and information technology and the revolution of military affairs have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Quarterly, Nation, and Wired.

Annick T. R. Wibben is a Watson Institute fellow and the co-investigator of the InfoTechWarPeace Project. She received her doctorate in international politics from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth with a dissertation on 9/11 security narratives. In the fall of 2003, Wibben was a Rockefeller Humanities Fellow for Human Security in New York City, where she began a new project on human security practices. She writes about critical security studies, particularly from a feminist critique. Most recently, she contributed to a special section on “Feminist Theories in IR” in the Brown Journal of World Affairs.

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is an assistant professor in the Modern Culture and Media Department at Brown University. She combines her background in systems design engineering and English literature to inform her current work on digital media. Chun’s monograph on the crisis of disciplinary and regulatory power brought about by high-speed telecommunications networks—Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics—will be published in 2005; her co-edited collection (with Thomas Keenan) on the archaeology of multi-media titled New Media, Old Media is also due to be published in 2005. She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and was awarded a Henry Merritt Wriston fellowship at Brown.

Participants

Hayward Alker is a John A. McCone Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. Alker currently works on the themes of world order and the development of information resources for anticipating, preventing, and managing violent intergroup and interstate conflicts around the world. He is the author of Rediscoveries and Reformations: Humanistic Methodologies for International Studies (1996), and is currently completing a work on twentieth-century world order debates with leading international relations theorists Tahir Amin, Thomas J. Biersteker, and Takashi Inoguchi.

Thomas J. Biersteker is director of the Watson Institute and Henry R. Luce Professor of Transnational Organizations at Brown University. He is author, editor, co-editor, or co-author of seven books and serves on editorial advisory boards for five different publishers and journals. His most recent work, co-edited with the Watson Institute’s Peter Andreas, is The Rebordering of North America: Integration and Exclusion in a New Security Context (2003). Biersteker’s recent activities include work with the UN Secretariat and the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany on targeting sanctions, and membership on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Independent Taskforce on Terrorist Financing. His research focuses primarily on international relations theory and international political economy.

John Clippinger is an advisor to the Command and Control Research Program (CCRP) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks, Information, and Integration). Over the past two years, he has investigated how discoveries in the neuro-sciences, complexity sciences, and evolutionary biology and sociology are transforming our understanding of human nature. As a part of his work on how spontaneous social networks form and adapt, Clippinger has designed networked-based organizations in which decision rights are distributed to the edge of the organization and control is achieved through transparency, trust, and reputation. He is co-founder of the Open Source movement (See SocialPhysics.org) and is completing a book for the Command and Control Research Program of the Department of Defense (DoD) on edge organizations.

William E. Connolly is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches political theory. His most recent books are Why I Am Not a Secularist (1999) and Neuropolitics: Thinking, Culture, Speed (2002). His early book The Terms of Political Discourse won the Benjamin Lippincott Award in 1999, which honors a work with continued scholarly importance long after its first publication. His forthcoming work, Pluralism (2005), explores the implications of a nonlinear concept of time for the politics of pluralism.

Florian Cramer is a visiting researcher at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, who studied comparative literature and art history at the Freie Universität (FU) in Berlin, Universität Konstanz, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Cramer was also a lecturer in comparative literature at FU Berlin from 1999–2004. He currently writes essays on literature, computing, free software, code poetry, and software art, which are published on userpage.fu-berlin.de/~cantsin.

Chris Csikszentmihályi is an assistant professor of media arts and sciences and the Fukutake Career Development Professor of Research in Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. He is also the acting director of the Media Lab’s Computing Culture Group. For the past nine years, Csikszentmihályi has researched the intersection of new technologies, media, and the arts, lecturing, showing new media work and presenting installations in both Europe and North America. On September 22, 2004, his newest installation will open in a solo show titled “Skin/Control” at the Location 1 Gallery in SoHo, New York City.

Ron Deibert is an associate professor of political science, a Ford Foundation Research Scholar of Information and Communication Technologies (2002–2004), and the director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. Deibert does extensive research on media, technology, and world politics, and is presently one of the principal investigators of the OpenNet Initiative, a collaborative research project on internet censorship and surveillance worldwide between the Citizen Lab, University of Cambridge, UK, and Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Mary Ann Doane is George Hazard Crooker University Professor of Modern Culture and Media and English at Brown University, where she teaches film theory, feminist theory, and semiotic theory. Doane is the author of The Desire to Desire: The Woman’s Film of the 1940s (1987) and Femmes Fatales: Feminism, Film Theory, Psychoanalysis (1991). She is currently completing a book titled Technologies of Temporality in Modernity: The Emergence of Cinematic Time. In addition, she has published a wide range of articles on feminist film theory, sound in the cinema, psychoanalytic theory, sexual and racial difference in film, melodrama and television. She is a member of the editorial board of Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies and an advisory editor for Camera Obscura and Parallax.

Paul N. Edwards is an associate professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, where he directed the University’s Science, Technology, and Society Program from 2000–2003. His research targets themes such as infrastructures, global data networks, and computer models of climate and earth systems. Currently, Edwards is engaged in a research project titled “The Technopolitics of Information in South Africa: Apartheid, Regime Change, and Legitimate Sovereignty.”

Jennifer Gonzalez is an associate professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on contemporary installation art, digital art, and museum studies. A former Whitney Museum of American Art fellow, she has received numerous grants, including two from the Ford Foundation. She has authored chapters in such books as The Cyborg Handbook, Gender and Race Politics in Visual Culture, Race in Cyberspace, and the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

Daniel Hession is the director of Security Product and Technology Marketing at Cisco Systems. A 15-year veteran of technology sales and marketing, Hession joined Cisco in 2000 through the acquisition of Alitiga Networks, where he developed early product requirements, competitive positioning, and go-to-market programs. The product line earned industry accolades and the Cisco branded VPN 3000 Concentrator is a market share leader in its category. Hession was also a long-time employee of Shiva Corporation, a pioneer in remote access technology. At Shiva, he held senior sales and technical management positions as it launched a highly successful initial public offering and established a broad customer base. He has presented at security, VPN, and remote access seminars worldwide.

Natalie Jeremijenko is a design engineer and technoartist. Recently named one of the top 100 young innovators by the MIT Technology Review, her work was featured in the Tate Gallery Cream 2, and a large project was commissioned for the opening of the museum MASSMoCA. Her work includes digital, electromechanical, and interactive systems in addition to biotechnological works that have been exhibited internationally. She was on Yale University’s Faculty of Engineering, where she directed the Engineering Design Studio, and she is now in the Department of Visual Art at the University of California at San Diego, where she develops and implementing new courses in technological innovation. In addition, Jeremijenko works with the Bureau of Inverse Technology.

Geert Lovink, a Dutch-Australian media theorist and activist, is a senior researcher at University of Amsterdam (UvA/HvA), and director of the Institute for Network Cultures. Lovink is the founder of numerous internet projects such as nettime and Fibreculture. Together with Dutch designer Mieke Gerritzen, he co-founded the Browserday events, a competition for new media design students. In 2002 MIT Press published two of his titles: Dark Fiber, a collection of essays on internet culture, and Uncanny Networks, a collection of interviews with media theorists and artists. In 2003 the Rotterdam-based NAi-V2-Publishers published his study on internet culture titled My First Recession.

Christopher Lydon founded and helps run bopnews.com, a weblog dedicated to the presidential race and “Blogging the President: 2004”. Lydon also started The Connection on National Public Radio. A well-known radio personality, Lydon has been a news host on Boston public television, a reporter for the New York Times, and candidate for mayor of Boston. He is a former fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Franziska Nori is the head of research at “digitalcraft.org” Kulturbüro. From 2000–2003 she was curator of the digitalcraft department at the Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt. She has also worked as an independent curator of modern and contemporary art at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna, and the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid. In 1998 Nori was appointed by the European Commission to deliver an expert appraisal on future strategies for European museums working with new media as part of the “Multi-Media Access to Europe’s Cultural Heritage.”

Charles Perrow is an organizational theorist and author who has held fellowships in the areas of science, sociology, and history at such notable institutions as the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University. He has published over 50 articles and 6 books, including his earliest work The Radical Attack on Business (1972) and most recent Organizing America: Wealth, Power, and the Origins of American Capitalism (2002). A “power theorist,” Perrow explores the role of capitalism in society and its contribution to threats from natural, industrial, and terrorist disasters.

Dinah PoKempner is the general counsel of Human Rights Watch (HRW). PoKempner’s has traveled around the world, including Cambodia, the Republic of Korea, Vietnam, and the former Yugoslavia, to document and analyze war crimes and civil and political rights violations. She has written about terrorism, international humanitarian law, peace-keeping operations, international tribunals, UN human rights mechanisms, cyber-liberties, and refugee law. With the support from the Open Society Institute, she has been working on a guide for nonegal professionals on fact-finding to record evidence of serious international human rights crimes.

Warren Sack is a software designer and media theorist whose work explores theories and designs for online public space and public discussion. Before joining the faculty at the University of California at Santa Cruz’s Film and Digital Media Department, Warren was the University of California at Berkeley, a research scientist at the MIT Media Laboratory, and a research collaborator in the Interrogative Design Group at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. His current research is described at people.ucsc.edu/~wsack.

Saskia Sassen is the Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicagoan the Centennial Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. She is currently completing her book Denationalization: Territory, Authority and Rights in a Global Digital Age. She has also completed a five-year project on sustainable human settlement for which she set up a network of researchers and activists in over 50 countries. Her most recent books include the edited Global Networks, Linked Cities (2002) and the co-edited Socio-Digital Formations: New Architectures for Global Order (2004). Sassen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities, and chair of the Information Technology and International Cooperation Committee of the Social Science Research Council (USA). She writes commentaries for publication such as The Guardian, New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, International Herald Tribune, Vanguardia, and Clarin.

Steven Shaviro is the Helen DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University, where he investigates the interrelated areas of film and media studies, cyberspace studies, cultural theory, and studies in contemporary culture. His books include Connected, or What It Means to Live in the Networked Society, Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction about Postmodernism, and The Cinematic Body.

William Walters is an associate professor of political science at Carleton University. He is an expert on critical theories of governance, power, and regulation. Walters currently researches the genealogy of illegal immigration in Western Europe. He is the co-editor (with Wendy Larner) of Global Governmentality (2004) and Unemployment and Government: Genealogies of the Social (2000).

Omar Wasow is the executive director of BlackPlanet.com at Community Connect Inc. Under Wasow’s leadership, BlackPlanet.com became the leading site for African Americans, reaching over two million people a month. He also works to demystify technology issues through weekly TV and radio segments on WNBC’s Today in New York and NPR’s Tavis Smiley Show. In the fall of 2003, a K-4 charter school that Wasow helped found opened in Brooklyn.

Nicholas Xenos is a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of Scarcity and Modernity (1989) and contributes essays and reviews to The Nation, Grand Street, The London Review of Books, and other periodicals. He is currently completing a book on Leo Strauss and US foreign policy.

 
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