STATE OF DISAPPEARANCE will be published as part of the Outspoken series with McGill-Queens University Press in fall 2021. The book will provide a collaborative response to the problem of human denial. Edited by Professor Brad Evans and accompanied by the artwork of the Mexican abstract painter Chantal Meza, the project will bring attention to the many ways disappearance occurs, and in the process ask about the importance or limits of the arts, humanities and critical enquiry when in comes to responding to the problem of violence in the world today. In doing so, the book offers an original and pressing intervention, which takes us into the heart of any meaningful discussion on what it means to be human and understand more critically what freedom in the face of its total annihilation means. 

Bringing together some of the most critically minded thinkers dealing with the question of violence in the world, State of Disappearance will be the very first volume of its kind to deal specifically with the problem of human disappearance from a truly trans-disciplinary perspective. Each of the original essays (exclusively published in this volume) will be 5000-word interventions written in a critical and poetic style aimed at thinking through the problem of disappearance and its devastating consequences. 


The book will be of interest to academic and non-academic readerships alike. It will be of particular interest to professors and students dealing with the question of violence and the problem of human disappearance, along with those interested in global security, cultural studies and critical approaches to philosophy, art and aesthetics. 


Confirmed Participants:

•    Gil Anidjar 
•    Ana Lucia Araujo

•    Brad Evans
•    Allen Feldman
•    Simona Forti 
•    David Theo Goldberg

•    Henry Giroux
•    Dina Matar 

•    Chantal Meza
•    Adrian Parr 

•    Julian Reid

•    Michael J. Shapiro 
•    Mangalika de Silva

•    Samuel Weber
•    Santiago Zabala





Brad Evans is a political philosopher, critical theorist and writer, whose work specialises on the problem of violence. The author of some ten books and edited volumes, along with over fifty academic and media articles, he serves as Professor of Political Violence & Aesthetics at the University of Bath, UK. Having led a dedicated series on violence for the New York Times (the Stone), he is currently the lead editor for the Histories of Violence section with The Los Angeles Review of Books. He also continues to direct the online resources centre Brads books have been the recipient of prestigious international awards and translated in many languages, including Spanish, Turkish, Korean and German. Among his latest books include "The Atrocity Exhibition: Life in an Age of Total Violence" (The Los Angeles Review of Books Press, 2019); "Violence: Humans in Dark Times" (with Natasha Lennard, Citylights, 2018); "Histories of Violence: Post-War Critical Thought" (with Terrell Carver, Zed Books, 2017); "Portraits of Violence: An Illustrated History of Radical Thinking" (with Sean Michael Wilson, New Internationalist, 2016); "Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of the Spectacle" (with Henry Giroux, Citylights: 2015), "Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously" (with Julian Reid, Polity Press, 2014), "Liberal Terror" (Polity Press, 2013), and "Deleuze & Fascism: Security - War - Aesthetics" (with Julian Reid, Routledge, 2013). Brad is currently working on a number of book projects, including "Ecce Humanitas: Beholding the Pain of Humanity" (Columbia University Press, 2020). 


Gil Anidjar is a Professor of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies, at Columbia University New York. He is trained in Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, and Jewish Thought. His interests include Jews and Arabs, Political Theology, Race and Religion, Christianity, Rhetorical Exertion, and Continental Philosophy. His most recent book includes, “Blood: A Critique of Christianity” published in 2014.

Ana Lucia Araujo is a historian and Professor of History at Howard University, United States. She is the author or editor of six books, including “Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic” and “Politics of Memory: Making Slavery Visible in the Public Space”.

Allen Feldman is a Professor of Communication Studies at New York University. A renowned ethnographer and critical theorist on violence, he has been working on the problems of war and human disappearance for over 2 decades. His latest books include “Archives of the Insensible” and “Formations of Violence”. 

Simona Forti is an Italian philosopher and academic, whose main interests are in political philosophy and contemporary ethics.  She is Professor of History of Political Philosophy at the Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy, and visiting professor at Columbia University, New York. She is known for her works on Hannah Arendt and on the philosophical idea of Totalitarianism, along with her more recent work on Bio-politics and on the contemporary reshaping of the notion of Evil. Her most recent book is “New Demons: Rethinking Evil & Power in the World”.  

David Theo Goldberg is the Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute within the University of California system-wide research facility for the human sciences and theoretical research in the arts. He also holds faculty appointments as Professor of Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and Criminology, Law and Society at UCI, and is a Fellow of the UCI Critical Theory Institute. Professor Goldberg’s work ranges over issues of political theory, race and racism, ethics, law and society, critical theory, cultural studies and, increasingly, digital humanities.

Henry Giroux is an American and Canadian scholar and cultural critic. One of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, he is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory.

Dina Matar is a Senior Lecturer in Arab Media and International Political Communication at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, School of Oriental and Asian Stuides (SOAS), London. She is a former foreign correspondent and editor covering the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Dina is co-founder and co-editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, the first trans-cultural and cross-disciplinary space for critical engagement with communication, culture and politics of the contemporary Middle East.

Chantal Meza is a Mexican abstract painter with a growing international reputation for her powerful and emotive mindscapes, which deal with the intimate realities of life's beauty and pain. Her works have been exhibited in more than 20 collective and individual exhibitions in the Mexican Republic in museums and galleries, such as: Popular Art Museum, CDMX. National Museum of Art (MUNAL), CDMX. Gallery Arroyo de la Plata, Zacatecas. Museum of Modern Art, CDMX. University Cultural Complex, Puebla. Museum of Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Tijuana Cultural Center. Museum of Science and Technology of Chiapas and B'Nai Or Art Gallery, Guanajuato. More recently her work has featured in a number of prominent international media outlets, including numerous uses of her works to accompany leading articles in the Los Angeles Review of Books, onto personal features in La Jornada and ArtLyst. 

Adrian Parr is an Australian-born philosopher and cultural critic. She specializes in environmental philosophy, activism, urbanism and critical aesthetics. She is currently Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington. Amongst her recent books include, “Birth of a New Earth”, “The Wrath of Capital” and “Hijacking Sustainability”.  

Julian Reid is a political theorist and professor of international relations, who is renowned for his critical works on bio-politics, along with his contributions to post-colonial and post-structural thought. He is the author of many books and edited volumes that critically interrogates insecurity and violence.   

Michael J. Shapiro is an is an American educator, theorist, and writer and serves as Professor of International Relations & Political Science at the University of Hawaii. A renowned theorist who is recognized for his work on politics and the arts, among his many books on violence include more recently, “The Political Sublime”, “Politics & Time”, “War Crimes, Atrocity & Justice” and “Cinematic Geopolitics”.  

Mangalika de Silva is a postdoctoral fellow at New York University. She has been conducting ethnographic research into the causes of disappearance in Sri Lanka for over a decade. He writings work at the intersection between, war, conflict and political subjectivity and address the limits of law in dealing with questions of justice. Her forthcoming book is titled “Uncountable Di-visibilities: On Minoritarian Insovereignty”.

Samuel M. Weber is the Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University, as well as a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Santiago Zabala is a philosopher raised in Rome, Vienna, and Geneva and ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University. He is the author of Being at Large. Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (2020), Why Only Art can Save Us (2017) The Remains of Being (2009), The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy (2008), co-author, with Gianni Vattimo, of Hermeneutic Communism (2011), editor of Weakening Philosophy (2007), The Future of Religion (2005), Nihilism and Emancipation (2004), Art’s Claim to Truth (2009), co-editor with Jeff Malpas of Consequences of Hermeneutics (2010), and co-editor with M. Marder of Being Shaken: Ontology and the Event (2013).