The third episode of this special feature, “The Military Present,” includes an interview with Wazhmah Osman, filmmaker and professor of media studies and production. Osman focuses on the United States’s dropping of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) - the largest and most powerful nonnuclear weapon ever used - in Afghanistan in April of 2017.
In this series, our contributing editors reflect on a set of articles from the archives of American Anthropologist that speaks to their research interests. Here, Naomi Zucker explores how the concept of precarity bridges political economy and more affective approaches to life within neoliberalism.
In the second episode of this special feature, "The Military Present," Vasiliki Touhouliotis and Emily Sogn continue to elaborate an anthropologically informed view of the militarized logics operating in our public discourse. They speak with Madiha Tahir (Columbia) to interrogate drone warfare by turning our eye-in-the sky gaze to focus instead on action and effects on the ground.