Archives of Enmity and Martial Epistemology

McSorley, Kevin (2021). Archives of Enmity and Martial Epistemology. In: Agostinho, Daniela; Gade, Solveig; Thylstrup, Nanna Bonde and Veel, Kristin eds. (W)Archives: Archival Imaginaries, War, and Contemporary Art. Berlin: Sternberg Press, pp. 39–58.



This chapter explores the archive as a technology of epistemic and military violence, noting how the prosecution of war has long been entangled with various archival regimes and manipulations through which particular understandings of the structure of enmity have been produced. It further explores the ontologies of the enemy that are being inscribed and naturalized with the ubiquitous sensing and immanent digital archiving of contemporary social life, and highlights some of the acute ethico-political issues that accompany such transformations in the archival regimes of contemporary war.

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