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Richardson M, 2024, Nonhuman Witnessing War, Data, and Ecology after the End of the World, Duke University Press

Richardson M, 2016, Gestures of Testimony Torture, Trauma, and Affect in Literature, Bloomsbury Academic

Book Chapters

Richardson M, 2023, 'Algorithmic Trauma', in Seigworth GJ; Pedwell C (ed.), The Affect Theory Reader 2: Worldings, Tensions, Futures, Duke University Press, pp. 423 - 445,

Richardson M, 2022, 'Military Virtues and the Limits of ‘Ethics’ in AI Research', in Economies of Virtue: The Circulation of 'Ethics' in AI Research, Institute of Network Cultures, pp. 123 - 137,

Richardson M, 2020, 'Embodiment and Affect', in After the Human, Cambridge University Press, pp. 58 - 71,

RICHARDSON M, 2020, 'Of Games and Drones:', in Remote Warfare, University of Minnesota Press, pp. 127 - 152,

Richardson M; Allison K, 2019, 'Affect and the Unsaid: Silences, Impasses, and Testimonies to Trauma', in Murray AJ; Durrheim K (ed.), Qualitative Studies of Silence, Cambridge University Press, pp. 236 - 253,

Richardson M; Schankweiler K, 2019, 'Affective Witnessing', in Slaby J; Von Scheve C (ed.), Affective Societies Key Concepts, Routledge, pp. 166 - 177

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, 'Drone’s-eye view', in Richardson M (ed.), Image Testimonies, Routledge, pp. 72 - 86,

Richardson M, 2018, 'Terrorism: Trauma in the Excess of Affect', in Trauma and Literature, Cambridge University Press, pp. 320 - 333

, 2018, 'Trauma and Literature', in Kurtz JR (ed.), , Cambridge University Press,

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

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

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

Richardson MA, 2013, 'Writing Torture’s Remnants', in Collins CA; Clark JE (ed.), Speaking the Unspeakable, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Freeland, UK

Edited Books

Atkinson M; Richardson M, 2013, Traumatic Affect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Journal articles

Jackman A; Richardson M; Veber M, 2024, 'Where are the pandemic drones? On the ‘failure’ of automated aerial solutionism', New Media and Society, 26, pp. 1183 - 1203,

Richardson M; Munster A, 2023, 'Pluralising the Planetary: The Radical Incompleteness of Machinic Envisioning', Media+Environment, 5,

Ford H; Richardson M, 2023, 'Framing data witnessing: Airwars and the production of authority in conflict monitoring', Media, Culture and Society, 45, pp. 805 - 821,

Richardson M; Schnepf JD, 2023, 'Home Drone: How to Militarize the Smart Home with the Ring Always Home Camera', Catalyst Feminism Theory Technoscience, 9,

Richardson M, 2023, 'Drone trauma: violent mediation and remote warfare', Media, Culture and Society, 45, pp. 202 - 211,

Pinchevski A; Richardson M, 2023, 'Trauma and digital media: Introduction to crosscurrents special section', Media, Culture and Society, 45, pp. 178 - 180,

Richardson M; Zolkos M, 2023, 'Witnessing the Anthropocene', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 28, pp. 3 - 12,

Fish A; Richardson M, 2022, 'Drone Power: Conservation, Humanitarianism, Policing and War', Theory, Culture and Society, 39, pp. 3 - 26,

Richardson M; Zolkos M, 2022, 'WITNESSING AFTER THE HUMAN', Angelaki, 27, pp. 3 - 16,

Richardson M, 2022, 'How to witness a drone strike', Digital War, 3, pp. 38 - 52,

Richardson M, 2021, 'From the archives of drone failure', Cultural Studies, pp. 1 - 3,

Brooks A; Richardson M, 2021, 'On Witnessing a Riot', Lateral,

Richardson M; Schankweiler K, 2020, 'Introduction: Affective Witnessing as Theory and Practice', Parallax, 26, pp. 235 - 253,

Richardson M, 2020, 'Witnessing the Anthropocene: affect and the problem of scale', Parallax, 26, pp. 339 - 359,

Richardson M, 2020, 'Drone cultures: encounters with everyday militarisms', Continuum, 34, pp. 858 - 869,

Richardson M, 2019, 'Predictive Killing: Drone War and Algorithmic Opacities', Infrastructural Inequalities, 1,

Richardson M, 2018, 'Climate Trauma, or the Affects of the Catastrophe to Come', Environmental Humanities, 10, pp. 1 - 19,

Richardson M, 2018, 'Drone Capitalism', Transformations, 31, pp. 79 - 97,

Richardson M, 2018, 'There's Something Going On', Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry, 1, pp. 149 - 154,

Richardson M, 2017, 'Radical absence: encountering traumatic affect in digitally mediated disappearance', Cultural Studies, 32, pp. 63 - 80,

Richardson M, 2017, 'The disgust of Donald Trump', Continuum, 31, pp. 747 - 756,

Richardson M, 2017, 'Ghosting politics: Speechwriters, speechmakers and the (re)crafting of identity', Cultural Studies Review, 23, pp. 3 - 17,

Richardson MA, 2017, 'Resonances of the Negative: Traumatic Affect and Empty Spaces of Writing', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs,

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, 3, pp. 81 - 99,

Richardson M, 2013, 'Writing Trauma: Affected in the Act', NEW WRITING-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE PRACTICE AND THEORY OF CREATIVE WRITING, 10, pp. 154 - 162,

Richardson MA, 2012, 'Who Speaks? Torture and the Ethics of Voice', TEXT Journal, 16,

Conference Papers

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

Conference Posters

Richardson M, 2018, 'Drone Culture', Sydney, presented at Australian Academy of the Humanities Annual Symposium, Sydney, 14 November 2018 - 16 November 2018

Conference Presentations

Richardson M, 2018, '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, 2018, 'Patterns of Life and Predictive Killings', presented at 4S, Sydney, 29 August 2018 - 01 September 2018

Richardson M, 2018, '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 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

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

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