Rockefeller Fellows for 2005-2006

Gopal Balakrishnan is an editor at the New Left Review. He has taught at the University of Chicago, where he was Harper Schmidt Assistant Professor of History. He is the author of The Enemy: An Intellectual Portrait of Carl Schmidt (Verso, 2000) and editor of Debating Empire (Verso, 2003) and (co-edited with Benedict Anderson) Mapping the Nation (Verso, 1996). His project for the Rockefeller fellowship, “Future Wars,” focuses on the role that military power will play in shaping the international law and world market conventions of the 21st century. He will examine, among other issues, the extent to which war-making capacity still counts in the ranking systems of international power, how privatization has affected the strategic environment in which major states plan for war, whether there has been (as claimed) a revolution in military affairs that could overcome the anticipated problems of 21st century battlefield scenarios with new technologies, and what the effects have been of widening military asymmetries.

Philip Steinberg is Associate Professor of Geography at Florida State University. He is the author of The Social Construction of the Ocean (Cambridge, 2001) and co-author of Managing Cyberspace: Governance, Technology, and Cultural Practice in Motion (Temple, forthcoming 2005) and People in Places: A Documentary Case Study Workbook (Prentice Hall, 2004). His project is entitled “Sovereignty, Territory, and Mobility: Alternative Histories and Alternative Futures of Global Divisions and Global Connections.” He proposes a rereading of the relationship between sovereignty and globalization, a discussion of how sovereignty functions, a conceptualization of alternative sovereignties (floating, archipelagic, domestic, and affective), and a consideration of alternative globalizations.

Resident Scholars for 2005-2006

Haejoang Cho, a cultural anthropologist and feminist, is a professor at Yonsei University. Her early research focused on gender studies in Korean modern history; her current interests and research are in the area of education and youth culture in the global/local and post-colonial context of modern-day Korea. Cho’s works in Korean include Women and Men in South Korea (1988), Reading Texts, Reading Lives in the Post-colonial Era (1992, 1994), and Talking at the Edge: Letters Between Japanese and Korean Feminists (2004,co-authored with Ueno Chizuko). As an “action researcher,” Cho founded a youth center (The Youth Factory for Alternative Culture, in 1999, and serves as the principal of two alternative schools in Seoul.

Martin Fuglsang teaches contemporary and organizational philosophy at the Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School. He is co-author of Gilles Deleuze and the Social (Edinburgh, 2005). His current project is entitled “A Social-Philosophical Investigation of Contemporary Work-Life—The Production of Subjectivity and Its World.”

Amy Gardner is a physician and medical anthropologist who has just completed a year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology at George Washington University. Her research explores the intersection of healing, religious experience, and knowledge among medical-ritual specialists in West Africa and its diasporas. Her book-in-progress is entitled “Incorporating Divine Presence: Everyday Practices, Ways of Knowing and Being-in-the-World in Ifá Ritual and Medicine.”