In 2015-2016, I conducted field research in Ukraine and Georgia for the project supported by the SSHRC grant, which has become a book-in-progress, Cyber-war and Revolution, that we co-author with Nick Dyer-Witheford. It is forthcoming next year with the University of Minnesota Press. Our work rethinks the notion of “cyber-war,” which we propose to define as a manifestation of the recurrent technological revolutions — for example as “the third industrial revolution”, “microelectronics revolution”, “computer revolution”, “information revolution” or indeed “cybernetic revolution” — by which capital periodically renews itself. We study the role of physical infrastructure of the Internet as well as the Internet protocols and algorithms in order to investigate the dynamics, geopolitics and class relations of cyber-war.
Among my other projects on different stages of development are these:
A book-project, Citizenship and Contamination, is focused on the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation, a monstrous remainder of the techno-politics in the USSR, where the ruins of the glorious Soviet infrastructure such as the Radar System ‘Duga-1,’ dubbed as ‘Russian Woodpecker’ and the industrial dream-city Pripyat have merged with the wilderness. By using the notion “biological citizenship,” coined by American medical anthropologist Adriana Petryna, I meditate about the contaminated parts of the three countries — Belarus, Russian Federation and Ukraine — forced into a nightmarish civil union that not only outlived its parent Soviet empire but will, in fact, outlive human beings as such by way of its eternal radioactive core.
A collaborative research-project, Empire and Communications: Infrastructural Legacy of the Soviet Union, will look at the transformation of the Internet infrastructure after the collapse of the Soviet Union in order to explore how these changes reflected — and continue to reflect — the geopolitical relations of the post-Soviet countries.