Dr Michael   Richardson
Senior Research Fellow (ARC)

Dr Michael Richardson

BA Hons (University of New South Wales), MSc (London School of Economics), PhD (Western Sydney University)

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

I am available for supervision in media, cultural and literary studies with a focus on political violence and emerging technology.

I am a Senior Research Fellow in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW. My transdisciplinary research investigates the intersection of affect, power and violence in culture, media and politics with an emphasis on witnessing and testimony. I am currently working on a major project funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2019-2021) on drone witnessing in war and culture. In addition to articles in Continuum, Cultural Studies, Environmental Humanities and other leading journals, I am the author of Gestures of Testimony: Torture, Trauma and Affect in Literature (Bloomsbury 2016) and co-editor of Traumatic Affect (2013).  

My expertise extends across a range of topics at the nexus of media, technology and culture, including drone warfare, surveillance, algorithms, cultural trauma, affect and emotion, political violence and torture. With experience as both a practitioner and researcher, I am also well versed in political communication and campaigning.

Phone
9385 8531
Location
231C Robert Webster

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2020
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2020, 'Embodiment and Affect', in After the Human, Cambridge University Press, pp. 58 - 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781108874427.005
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Dr Michael Richardson
    RICHARDSON M, 2020, 'Of Games and Drones:', in Remote Warfare, University of Minnesota Press, pp. 127 - 152, http://dx.doi.org/10.5749/j.ctv17db42n.9
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M; Allison K, 2019, 'Affect and the Unsaid: Silences, Impasses, and Testimonies to Trauma', in Murray AJ; Durrheim K (ed.), Qualitative Studies of Silence, Cambridge University Press, pp. 236 - 253
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M; Schankweiler K, 2019, 'Affective Witnessing', in Slaby J; Von Scheve C (ed.), Affective Societies Key Concepts, Routledge, pp. 166 - 177
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2018, 'Drone's-Eye View: Affective Witnessing and Technicities of Perception', in Image Testimonies Witnessing in Times of Social Media, Routledge, pp. 64 - 74, https://login.wwwproxy1.library.unsw.edu.au/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=1984663&site=ehost-live&scope=site&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_72
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Michael Richardson
    2018, 'Drone’s-eye view', in Image Testimonies, Routledge, pp. 72 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429434853-6
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2018, 'Terrorism: Trauma in the Excess of Affect', in Trauma and Literature, Cambridge University Press, pp. 320 - 333
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2016, 'Surveillance Publics After Edward Snowden', in Lee K; Marshall DP; D'Cruz G; Macdonald S (ed.), Contemporary Publics : Shifting Boundaries in New Media, Technology and Culture, Palsgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 163 - 180, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-53324-1_11
    Books | 2016
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2016, Gestures of Testimony Torture, Trauma, and Affect in Literature, Bloomsbury Academic
    Edited Books | 2013
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Atkinson M; Richardson M, 2013, Traumatic Affect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2013, 'Writing Torture’s Remnants', in Collins CA; Clark JE (ed.), Speaking the Unspeakable, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Freeland, UK
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA; Atkinson M, 2013, 'Introduction: At the Nexus', in Richardson M; Atkinson M (ed.), Traumatic Affect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 1 - 19
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2013, 'Torturous Affect: Writing and the Problem of Pain', in Richardson MA; Atkinson M (ed.), Traumatic Affect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 148 - 170
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2021, 'From the archives of drone failure Unmanning: How humans, machines and media perform drone warfare', CULTURAL STUDIES, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2021.1905676
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2020, 'Drone cultures: encounters with everyday militarisms', Continuum, vol. 34, pp. 858 - 869, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2020.1842125
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2019, 'Predictive Killing: Drone War and Algorithmic Opacities', Infrastructural Inequalities, vol. 1, https://infrastructuralinequalities.net/issue-1/predictive-killing/?pdf=455
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2018, 'Climate Trauma, or the Affects of the Catastrophe to Come', ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/22011919-4385444
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2018, 'There's Something Going On', Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry, vol. 1, pp. 149 - 154, http://capaciousjournal.com/past-issues/vol-1-no-2-2018/
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2018, 'Drone Capitalism', Transformations, vol. 31, pp. 79 - 97, http://www.transformationsjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Trans31_05_richardson.pdf
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2017, 'Radical absence: encountering traumatic affect in digitally mediated disappearance', Cultural Studies, vol. 32, pp. 63 - 80, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2017.1394342
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2017, 'Ghosting politics: Speechwriters, speechmakers and the (re)crafting of identity', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 23, pp. 3 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/csr.v23i2.5472
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2017, 'The disgust of Donald Trump', Continuum, vol. 31, pp. 747 - 756, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2017.1370077
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2017, 'Resonances of the Negative: Traumatic Affect and Empty Spaces of Writing', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue42/Richardson.pdf
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2014, '"Every Moment is Two Moments": Witnessing and the Poetics of Trauma in Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels', Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies, vol. 3, pp. 81 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jlt.2014.0021
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2013, 'Writing Trauma: Affected in the Act', NEW WRITING-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE PRACTICE AND THEORY OF CREATIVE WRITING, vol. 10, pp. 154 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14790726.2012.725748
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2012, 'Who Speaks? Torture and the Ethics of Voice', TEXT Journal, vol. 16, http://www.textjournal.com.au/april12/richardson.htm
  • Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2018, 'Affective Witnessing, Mediatised Trauma and the Figure of the Drone', presented at Australasian Society for Continental Society, Western Sydney University, 21 November 2018 - 21 November 2019
    Conference Posters | 2018
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2018, 'Drone Culture', Sydney, presented at Australian Academy of the Humanities Annual Symposium, Sydney, 14 November 2018 - 16 November 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2018, 'Patterns of Life and Predictive Killings', presented at 4S, Sydney, 29 August 2018 - 01 September 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson M, 2018, 'On the Non-Human Witness: Affects, Technologies, Mediations', presented at Capacious: Affect Inquiry / Making Space, Millersville University (USA), 08 August 2018 - 11 August 2018
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2015, 'Moving Secrets: Edward Snowden and the Fluid Hidden', presented at Cultural Studies Association of Australia, University of Wollongong, 03 December 2015 - 05 December 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2015, 'Guantánamo’s Poets: Minor Writings from the State of Exception', presented at Cultural Studies Association of Australia, Melbourne University, 30 November 2015 - 03 December 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2015, 'Ghosts in the Political Machine: Speechwriters, Leaders and the (Re)crafting of Identity', presented at Australasian Association of Writing Programs 20th Annual Conference, Swinbourne University, 29 November 2015 - 01 December 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2015, 'Encountering Radical Absence: Traumatic Affect and Digitally Mediated Disappearance', presented at Affect Theory Conference, Millersville University, PA, 14 October 2015 - 17 October 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2015, 'Finding Your Academic Voice', presented at Creative Ecologies, Western Sydney University, 16 September 2015 - 18 September 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2015, 'Criticism Beyond Judgment: Reading, Writing and the Affective Turn', presented at Writing & Society Research Centre Seminar Series, Western Sydney University, 11 September 2015 - 11 September 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2015, 'Literary Hacks: Secrets, Networks and Abstractions in Thomas Pynchon and Haruki Murakami', presented at Literary Studies Convention, University of Wollongong, 07 July 2015 - 11 July 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2014, 'The Indeterminacy of Affect', presented at Literature and Affect: Australasian Association for Literature Conference, Melbourne University, 01 July 2014 - 04 July 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2014, 'Affect, Critical Reading and the Embodied Self', presented at Literature & Affect: Australasian Association for Literature Conference, Melbourne University, 01 July 2014 - 04 July 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2014, 'Theorizing Surveillance Publics', presented at Contemporary Publics International Symposium, Deakin University, 24 February 2014 - 25 February 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2013, 'Genre, Form & Tradition in the Creative Arts Exegesis (Panel Discussion)', presented at Creative Ecologies 2013, Western Sydney University, 23 September 2013 - 26 September 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2013, 'Paranoid City: Fear, Frenzy and Sacrifice in Richard Flanagan’s The Unknown Terrorist', presented at Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Charles Sturt University, Wagga, 03 July 2013 - 05 July 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2013, 'Getting Published (Panel Discussion)', presented at Interventions & Intersections, Western Sydney University, 26 June 2013 - 28 June 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2013
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2013, 'Reading Torture’s Pain, Writing the State of Exception', presented at Interventions & Intersections, Western Sydney University, 26 June 2013 - 28 June 2013
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2012, 'Facing the Aesthetics of Affective Violence in Incendies', presented at Cultural Studies Association of Australia, Sydney University, 04 December 2012 - 06 December 2012
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2012, 'Writings from the State of Exception', presented at Australasian Association of Writing Programs 17th Annual Conference, Deakin University, Geelong, 26 November 2012 - 27 November 2012
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2012, 'Writing Torture: Notes from Creative Practice', presented at Torture & Sovereignty Symposium, Western Sydney University, 07 September 2012 - 08 September 2012
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2012, 'Torturous Affect: Writing and the Problem of Pain', presented at Violence Studies Conference, University of Newcastle, 21 August 2012 - 23 August 2012
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2012, 'Writing Trauma: Affected in the Act', presented at Great Writing Conference, Imperial College, London, 16 June 2012 - 17 June 2012
    Conference Presentations | 2012
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2012, 'Who Speaks? Torture and the Ethics of Voice', presented at Writing & Society Research Centre Seminar Series, Western Sydney University, 23 March 2012 - 23 March 2012
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2011, 'Who Speaks? Torture and the Ethics of Voice', presented at Australasian Association of Writing Programs 16th Annual Conference, Byron Bay, 23 November 2011 - 25 November 2011
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2011, 'Torturous Affect: Writing and the Problem of Pain', presented at Trauma: Writing, Art & Affect, Western Sydney University, 27 April 2011 - 27 April 2011
    Conference Presentations | 2011
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2011, 'Writing Torture’s Remnants: Sovereign Power, Affect and the War on Terror', presented at Trauma: Theory & Practice, Prague, 14 March 2011 - 16 March 2011
    Conference Papers | 2011
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2011, 'Writing Torture’s Remnants: Sovereign Power, Affect and the War on Terror', in Barrette C; Haylock B; Mortimer D (eds.), Trauma Imprints: Performance, Art, Literature and Theoretical Practice, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Prague, presented at Trauma: Theory & Practice, Prague, 14 March 2011 - 16 March 2011
    Conference Presentations | 2010
    Dr Michael Richardson
    Richardson MA, 2010, 'Torture, Bodies and Narratives in the War on Terror', presented at Writing & Society Research Centre Seminar Series, Western Sydney University, 29 October 2010 - 29 October 2010

Awards

2020 ABC Top 5 Humanities Researcher

2020 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Dean's Research Award, Early Career Achievement

2018 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Dean's Teaching Award, Excellent Early Career Teacher

2017 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Dean's Research Award, Best Monograph by an Early Career Researcher

2014  Varuna Publishers Introduction Program Fellowship, awarded by Text Publishing for development of PhD novel

2011 Australasian Association of Writing Programs Co-op Bookshop Postgraduate Prize

2006 Heinz Harant Award for Outstanding Service & Leadership, UNSW

Grants

2019-2021: Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award,"Drone Witnessing: Technologies of Perception in War and Culture" ($363,182)

 

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