Technologies of Power: GEOPOLITICS | What is U.S. Empire? Co-organized by Professor Adrien Zakar

When and Where

Friday, September 24, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Samar Al-Bulushi, Darryl Li, John Muthyala


Part of the series "Technologies of Power: Tracing Empire at Home & Abroad" | A public humanities initiative at Columbia University

About this event

Samar Al-Bulushi is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Her current book project (provisionally titled Citizen-Suspect: Militarism, Race and Geopolitics in the East African Warscape) draws on ethnographic research in Kenya to explore the relationship between the imaginative and grounded geographies of the so-called “War on Terror” in East Africa. She is a contributing editor at Africa is a Country and her work has appeared in public outlets such as The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Intercepted, Jacobin, and Pambazuka News. 

Darryl Li is an assistant professor of anthropology and associate member of the law school at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Universal Enemy: Jihad, Empire, and the Challenge of Solidarity(Stanford University Press, 2020) and an attorney licensed in Illinois and New York. 

John Muthyala teaches in the English Department, University of Southern Maine, where he leads the USM Digital Humanities Initiative, which creatively uses digital tools to enhance research and scholarship at the intersection of Information Technology and the arts/humanities. John is currently leading two projects: one involves generating the digital footprint of the university and designing an information ecology, and the other focuses on 21st century literacies and the futures of public higher education. His books include Reworlding America: Myth, History, and Narrative, and Dwelling in American: Dissent, Empire, and Globalization. He has published, of late, on new directions in the digital humanities, digital innovation in the liberal arts, and global surveillance in the era of drone warfare.

Contact Information


Columbia University, IHPST-University of Toronto, NMC-University of Toronto, Arizona State University