Michael Richardson

Senior Research Fellow (ARC)

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.

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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2018, Trauma and Literature, Cambridge University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/9781316817155
2018
Richardson M, 2016, Gestures of Testimony Torture, Trauma, and Affect in Literature, Bloomsbury Academic
2016
Book Chapters
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Richardson M, 2018, 'Drone's-Eye View: Affective Witnessing and Technicities of Perception', in , Routledge, pp. 64 - 74
2018
Richardson M, 2018, 'Terrorism: Trauma in the Excess of Affect', in Trauma and Literature, Cambridge University Press, pp. 320 - 333
2018
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,
2018
Richardson M, 2018, 'Terrorism: Trauma in the Excess of Affect', in , Cambridge University Press, pp. 320 - 333
2018
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
2016
Richardson MA, 2013, 'Writing Torture’s Remnants', in Collins CA; Clark JE (ed.), Speaking the Unspeakable, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Freeland, UK
2013
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
2013
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
2013
Conference Papers
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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
2011
Conference Posters
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Richardson M, 2018, 'Drone Culture', Sydney, presented at Australian Academy of the Humanities Annual Symposium, Sydney, 14 - 16 November 2018
2018
Richardson M, 'Drone Culture', Sydney, presented at Australian Academy of the Humanities Annual Symposium, Sydney, 14 November 2018 - 16 November 2018
Conference Presentations
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Richardson M, 2018, 'On the Non-Human Witness: Affects, Technologies, Mediations', presented at Capacious: Affect Inquiry / Making Space, Millersville University (USA), 08 - 11 August 2018
2018
Richardson M, 2018, 'Affective Witnessing, Mediatised Trauma and the Figure of the Drone', presented at Australasian Society for Continental Society, Western Sydney University, 21 - 21 November 2018
2018
Richardson M, 2018, 'Patterns of Life and Predictive Killings', presented at 4S, Sydney, 29 August - 01 September 2018
2018
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
2015
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
2015
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
2015
Richardson MA, 2015, 'Finding Your Academic Voice', presented at Creative Ecologies, Western Sydney University, 16 September 2015 - 18 September 2015
2015
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
2015
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
2015
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
2015
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
2014
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
2014
Richardson MA, 2014, 'Theorizing Surveillance Publics', presented at Contemporary Publics International Symposium, Deakin University, 24 February 2014 - 25 February 2014
2014
Richardson MA, 2013, 'Getting Published (Panel Discussion)', presented at Interventions & Intersections, Western Sydney University, 26 June 2013 - 28 June 2013
2013
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
2013
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
2013
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
2013
Richardson MA, 2012, 'Writing Torture: Notes from Creative Practice', presented at Torture & Sovereignty Symposium, Western Sydney University, 07 September 2012 - 08 September 2012
2012
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
2012
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
2012
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
2012
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
2012
Richardson MA, 2012, 'Writing Trauma: Affected in the Act', presented at Great Writing Conference, Imperial College, London, 16 June 2012 - 17 June 2012
2012
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
2011
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
2011
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
2011
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
2010
Richardson M, 'On the Non-Human Witness: Affects, Technologies, Mediations', presented at Capacious: Affect Inquiry / Making Space, Millersville University (USA), 08 August 2018 - 11 August 2018
Richardson M, '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
Richardson M, 'Patterns of Life and Predictive Killings', presented at 4S, Sydney, 29 August 2018 - 01 September 2018
Edited Books
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Atkinson M; Richardson M, 2013, Traumatic Affect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
2013
Journal articles
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Richardson M, 2018, 'Climate Trauma, or the Affects of the Catastrophe to Come', Environmental Humanities, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 19,
2018
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
2018
Richardson M, 2018, 'There's Something Going On', Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry, vol. 1, pp. 149 - 154,
2018
Richardson M, 2018, 'There's Something Going On', Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry, vol. 1, pp. 149 - 154
2018
Richardson M, 2018, 'Drone Capitalism', Transformations, vol. 31, pp. 79 - 97
2018
Richardson M, 2018, 'Drone Capitalism', Transformations, vol. 31, pp. 79 - 97,
2018
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
2017
Richardson M, 2017, 'The disgust of Donald Trump', Continuum, vol. 31, pp. 747 - 756, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2017.1370077
2017
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
2017
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
2017
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
2014
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
2013
Richardson MA, 2012, 'Who Speaks? Torture and the Ethics of Voice', TEXT Journal, vol. 16, http://www.textjournal.com.au/april12/richardson.htm
2012