Monsters of Modernity: Global Icons for our Critical Condition


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About the Author

Ani Landau-Ward is associated with the Social and Global Studies Centre and the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University, where she has been teaching international development, social and political theory, and globalisation in RMIT's Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) program. Her current PhD research is a socio-legal analysis of the governance and justice implications of digitisation in property rights administration, in the international law and development field. She brings to her academic work professional experience in community work, land and housing justice advocacy, and participatory architectural design. Her research has been presented at the annual meetings of The Association for Law Property and Society, and the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights. She has also published on the opportunities for Indigenous land governance with the Centre for Urban Research. Her scholarly writing has been published in the Springer Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance; the New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, and the volume Urban Asias: Essays on Futurity Past and Present.
Julian CH Lee is a Lecturer in Global Studies, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Australia. His research has focused on civil society, gender, sexuality and multiculturalism with an area focus on Malaysia. He has been an Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kent, and maintains an interest in public engagement through regular columns in non-academic periodicals. His published academic work includes his sole-authored books Islamization and Activism in Malaysia (2010), and Policing Sexuality: Sex, Society, and the State (2011).

Hariz Halilovich, social anthropologist and writer, is a Professor at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne. His research interests include place-based identity politics, forced migration, politically motivated violence, memory studies and human rights. He has been recipient of a number of prestigious research and writing awards in Australia and internationally.


This volume offers an exciting and innovative reflection on the current anxieties, challenges and dangers of our current global era by inviting us to 'think through monsters'. This invocation points to looming unknowns, shape-shifting ambiguities, and decentering logics of fear and possibility which together facilitate new modes of intimate engagement with a range of issues such as colonial violence, environmental degradation, decline of the west, and the enduring pain of genocide. This is a beautiful, moving, timely and evocative collection.

-- Eve Darian-Smith, Chair, Department of Global and International Studies, University of California Irvine, and co-author of The Global Turn and author of Laws and Societies in Global Contexts.

Monsters may be as old as human life (and our collective anxieties) and today they continue to stalk us -- and fascinate us-- in a time of technological transformation, inexorable globalisation, and political polarisation. Investigating the creatures of contemporary popular culture as well as less-celebrated beasts from Australian folklore to war crimes tribunals, Monsters of Modernity explores our anxieties and obsessions through the monstrous imaginary of dark colonial legacies, the profound consequences of global warming, and the pervasive influence of state power and capitalism. Like monsters themselves, this volume is unconstrained and fearless, ranging across geographies and chronologies, breaking through traditional disciplinary boundaries, and challenging the conventions of staid academic writing. Monsters of Modernity is a sophisticated, imaginative, provocative, and very welcome addition to the growing scholarly literature on the significance of our deep and enduring need for monsters.

-- William M. Tsutsui, President and Professor of History, Hendrix College, and author of Godzilla on My Mind and Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization.

This insightful and powerful book challenges us to learn from our monsters about ourselves and our past, and to face our increasingly uncertain future alongside them.

-- Liz Gloyn, Senior Lecturer in Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture and The Ethics of the Family in Seneca.