Amedeo Policante

Amedeo Policante is a critical theorist and historian of political thought. He holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. He is the author of two recent monographs: I Nuovi Mercenari: Mercato Mondiale e Privatizzazione della Guerra (Ombre Corte, 2014) investigating the on-going commodification of security and the resulting fragmentation of social space both at the global and at the urban level; and The Pirate Myth: Genealogies of an Imperial Concept (Routledge, 2016) focusing on shifting representations of piracy in legal, literary and popular culture, and the role they have played in international politics since the eighteenth century. He has also published several articles and book chapters on the political thought of Karl Marx, Carl Schmitt and Michel Foucault; as well as  an ethnography of political protests and their visual representation. These works have been disseminating via traditional means such as academic journals, magazines and newspapers; and alternative means such as ‘The Pirate Camp’, a collaborative artistic project featured at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

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Recent articles

In 2011, a series of infrastructural failings following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami triggered a radiation leak today known as the Fukushima nuclear accident, leading to the evacuation of around 200,000 people. By the time photographer Philipp Zechner visited the area 8 years later, restrictions were limited to parts of… Read more »

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The ancient Roman-Greek mnemonic technique ‘method of loci’ involves placing information within a spatial structure to create visual associations that can be easily recalled. 19th-century American educator, women’s rights activist and cartographer, Emma Willard, enthusiastically embraced these ‘memory palaces’ as a didactic method, creating several with the intent to form… Read more »

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Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond, née Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed, was an Irish alpinist and filmmaker who achieved remarkable ascents during an era when mountaineering was predominantly seen as a male pursuit. She documented her climbs in various books and photographs, contributing significantly to the establishment of the Ladies’ Alpine Club, where she… Read more »

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