Herscher contributes to 'The Post-Conflict Environment' and 'Public Culture'

Herscher contributes to ‘The Post-Conflict Environment’ and ‘Public Culture’

Associate Professor Andrew Herscher has contributed a chapter to The Post-Conflict Environment: Investigation and Critique, edited by Daniel Bertrand Monk and Jacob Mundy (University of Michigan Press, 2014). Through case studies focusing on contemporary crises spanning Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, the scholars in this volume examine the dominant prescriptive practices of late neoliberal post-conflict interventions. Contending that the post-conflict environment is in fact created and sustained by an international technocratic paradigm of peacebuilding, they argue that peacebuilding techniques paradoxically disable effective management of post-conflict spaces while perpetuating neoliberal political and economic conditions. Visit the U-M Press webpage for The Post-Conflict Environment for more information.

Herscher has also contributed the essay, “Surveillant Witnessing: Satellite Imagery and the Visual Politics of Human Rights” to the most recent issue of the journal, Public Culture. Focusing on the recent use of satellite imagery to “prove” the existence of human rights atrocities and to “deter” those atrocities by monitoring vulnerable sites from above, Herscher argues that human rights satellite imaging has in fact led human rights organizations to collaborate with surveillance states on the production of geopolitical knowledge and power.
Visit the Public Culture website for more information.