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 Abstract Artist 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. 




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, 2021). 


Chantal Meza Born in 1989, Chantal Meza is a self-taught Mexican abstract artist based in the United Kingdom. Her work has been exhibited in more than 30 group and individual exhibitions in prominent museums and galleries in Latin America and the United Kingdom such as: Chiapas Museum of Science and Technology, Chiapas 2010. National Art Museum (MUNAL) México City 2013. Museum of Modern Art (MAM) México City 2015. Watercolour National Museum, Mexico City 2015. Cultural Center Tijuana (CECUT) Tijuana 2015. Arroyo de la Plata Gallery, Zacatecas 2016. Barrel Museum. Zacatecas 2016. Popular Art Museum (MAP) México City 2017. Guadalupe Museum, Zacatecas 2017. Pape Museum, Cohauila 2018. University Cultural Complex (CCU) Puebla 2018. Arocena Museum, Coahuila 2019. Non-intervention Museum, Puebla 2019, Ashcroft Art Centre, Hampshire 2020, CCEJS, Paraguay 2021 among others. She has also been commissioned to produce public works, interventions, while providing requested donations of works to Institutions and non-governmental organisations. Chantal has participating in many international seminars and workshops at reputable places such as McMaster University, Canada 2019 and the Centre for Mexican Studies (UCC) Ireland 2020. Having presented her work in an individually curated exhibition at the age of 19, Chantal has received considerable acclaim. Among her recent achievements includes a notable Public Recognition for her contribution to culture in her province in Mexico and the publication of her work in a number of prominent international media outlets, including Los Angeles Review of Books, La Jornada, ArtLyst, nY, Pluto Press as well as digital and print magazines, along with appearing on the covers of numerous books.          





Australian-born philosopher and cultural critic. She specializes in environmental philosophy, activism, urbanism and critical aesthetics. She is currently Dean of the College of Art & Design at The University of Oregon. Amongst her recent books include, “Birth of a New Earth”, “The Wrath of Capital” and “Hijacking Sustainability”. 




ANA LUCIA ARAUJO is a Full Professor in the Department of History at the historically black Howard University in Washington DC, United States. Her recent single-authored books include Museums and Atlantic Slavery (Routledge, 2021), Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020), She is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project. She also serves on the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review (the journal of the American Historical Association) and the editorial board of Slavery and Abolition. he is a member of the executive board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide Diaspora (ASWAD).




Writes on critical war studies, visual culture, media archeology, critical race theory and counterinsurgent governmentality. He has conducted ethnographic and visualities research on warfare, lawfare and policing in Northern Ireland, South Africa, and “the war on terror.” He is the author of Archives of the Insensible: Of War, Photopolitics and Dead Memory,  Formations of Violence: The Narrative of the Body and Political Terror in Northern Ireland  and numerous essays  on the political philosophy of the body, the sensorium and visual formations of power and privation. He is a professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University




Professor and T. J. Higgins, S.J. Chair in Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. In addition to attaining a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, he studied and taught for more than a dozen years in Japan and a year in Germany. He has published more than six dozen articles on topics in continental, Asian, and cross-cultural philosophy. His numerous authored and edited books include Heidegger and the Will: On the Way to Gelassenheit (Northwestern University Press, 2007), Japanese and Continental Philosophy: Conversations with the Kyoto School (Indiana University Press, 2011), The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2020), and Zen Pathways: An Introduction to the Philosophy and Practice of Zen Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2021). 




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.




Currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and is the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy. His most recent books include American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism (City Lights, 2018),  On Critical Pedagogy, 2nd edition(Bloomsbury, 2020);  The Terror of the Unforeseen(Los Angeles Review of books, 2019),Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education, 2ndedition, (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2020) andRace, Politics, and Pandemic Pedagogy: Education in a Time of Crisis (Bloomsbury 2021).




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.




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.  




Professor of Political Science at the University  of Hawai'i at Manoa. Among his recent publications arePunctuations: How the Arts Think the Political (Duke UP, 2019), The Cinematic Political: Film Composition as Political Theory(Routledge, 2020); The Phenomenology of Political Belief: Media, Philosophy and the Arts (Bloomsbury 2021), and Writing Politics: Studies in Compositional Method (Routledge, 2021).




Postdoctoral fellow at New York University. She has been conducting ethnographic research into the causes of disappearance in Sri Lanka for over a decade. Her 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”.




Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University, where he teaches comparative literature and critical theory. He also directs Northwestern’s Paris Program in Critical Theory. His most recent publication is “Singularity: Politics and Poetics,” (University of Minnesota Press, 2021). Forthcoming in 2022 is a study of plague narratives, “Preexisting Conditions: Recounting the Plague.”




ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is author of many books, including Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020) and Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (Columbia University Press, 2017). His opinion articles have appeared in the New York Times, Al-Jazeera, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other international media outlets.