Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jason Dittmer

Jason Dittmer is Lecturer in Human Geography at University College London. He is the author of Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity.


Jason Dittmer: Where is the End?

The other day I was emailed by a friend: “Did you know that Gabrielle Giffords may be the Antichrist?” My eyes widened in surprise.
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The Middle of Marján’s Map

Attila Marján’s The Middle of the Map is a book that defies easy characterization. From its cover photo by Deep Purple’s Roger Glover to…well, really the cover photo by Roger Glover should be enough to differentiate this book from others in the field of geopolitics.
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Jason Dittmer: Freezing Bosnia

Bosnia Remade is a book a long time in coming and yet absolutely timely. The book takes as its scope not only the 1990s war in Bosnia but also the decade-long effort to undo the war’s effects.
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Jason Dittmer: The Philosophy of Comics

The Art of Comics bills itself as the “first-ever collection of essays published in English devoted to the philosophical questions raised by the art of comics”. This much-qualified claim is certainly true, and I have waited anxiously for its publication since I first learned it was in production. Aaron Meskin and Roy T. Cook, the editors of the volume, have assembled an impressive array of philosophers to comment on comics.
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‘I Draw a Map of Where We’re Going’ by Emma Page

I draw a map of where we’re going. It seems that all our pens have come from hotel chains or medical reps. This one is called chlamydia.
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Comics Today

Highlights from the "Comics: Philosophy and Practice" conference at the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, University of Chicago. The conference brought together together 17 legendary cartoonists for three days of discussion about the past and future of graphic narrative.
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‘Tower of Babel’ by John Miers

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city, and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
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Ben Anderson: Quick, Emergency

After the events of September 11th 2001 and the advent of the ‘war on terror’, there has been much emphasis on how Governments respond to emergencies through some form of exceptional action. Taking its cue from Giorgio Agamben’s (1995) analysis of the constitutive role of the state of exception in democratic politics and Western culture, work has detailed how democratic life has been suspended as a ‘state of emergency’ is declared.
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When Dittmer Met Séra

Ing Phouséra, or Séra, as he is known in artistic circles, is a French-Cambodian comics artist who evacuated Phnom Penh with his French mother in 1975. While the subject of his works range far and into other media, he came to my attention for his graphic novels about the Khmer Rouge period and its aftermath in Cambodia: Impasse et Rouge, L'Eau et la Terre and Lendemains de cendres.
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