Brad Evans

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Professor Brad Evans is a political philosopher, critical theorist and writer, whose work specialises on the problem of violence. His work is particularly concerned with addressing the multiple forms’ violence takes in the world, while developing a more poetic critique that highlights the importance of the arts and the imaginary. The author of nineteen books and edited volumes, along with over a hundred academic and media articles, he currently holds a Chair in Political Violence & Aesthetics at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. 

Throughout 2015-17, Brad was personally invited to lead a dedicated series for The New York Times (The Stone) on violence. He is currently the lead editor for dedicated section on violence and the arts/critical theory with The Los Angeles Review of Books.

In 2018, Brad's Portraits of Violence book won a prestigious Independent Publishers Award. His works have been translated into many languages including, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Finnish, Dutch, Chinese, Turkish and Korean.  

Brad regularly makes television and radio appearances discussing his research and wider political, philosophical, and cultural concerns. He was the inaugural guest on the comedian Russell Brand's podcast show Under the Skin, which debuted at No.1 on the iTunes charts in United Kingdom and Australia & No. 3 in USA and Canada. It held its No.1 download positions in both respective countries for over a week. He has since featured as a guest on many episodes for the programme. Alongside this, Brad has also appeared numerous times on Brand's "True News" series The Trews and his more recent YouTube videos, where they analyse worldly events. These podcasts and videos have been downloaded over 8 million times. Working alongside the comedian Jimmy Carr, Brad was an academic advisor for the Netflix show The Fix  launched in December 2018.

Brad is founder/director of the Histories of Violence project that has a user base spanning 148 different countries. Alongside developing its educational productions, he directed a global research project on the theme of “Disposable Life’ to interrogate the meaning of mass violence in the 21st Century. Before this, his co-directed movie “Ten Years of Terror” (with Simon Critchley) received international acclaim, screening in the Solomon K. Guggenheim Museum, New York during September 2011. The current co-directed focus is a multi-disciplinary project titled “State of Disappearance”. 

Brad works closely with a number of reputable global organisations to address the problem of violence in publicly engaging ways. In 2016 he co-directed a forum in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva titled "Old Pain, New Demons", on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Brad has also acted as a consultant on violence for Opera North, UK, co-directing initiatives on the theatrical and performative nature of violence. 
 
Brad has been a visiting fellow at the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, New York (2013-14) and distinguished society fellow at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire (2017). He has recently been invited to be a visiting fellow at the Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) at Heidelberg University in Germany (from Feb 2023). He has delivered many lectures at internationally renowned institutions, including Harvard University, Columbia University, UCLA, University of California at Irvine, CalArts, The New School for Social Research, UDLAP Puebla, Oxford University, London School of Economics, the University of Queensland, McMaster University, UCC Cork and many others. He has also given numerous talks at prestigious art venues, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City and Royal Academy of Arts in Antwerp.  
 
Brad regularly writes for many prominent international news outlets such as Newsweek, the Times (U.K.), the Guardian, the Independent, The Times Higher Education, World Financial Review, Al Jazeera, TruthOut, Counterpunch and Wales Arts Review. His projects have been featured in various outlets including NME, Business Standard, The Telegraph, The Indian Times, Pakistan Today, Hamilton Spectator, CBS news, ABC news, El Pais, Art Review, and Art Forum to name a few.

Brad's published books include Ecce Humanitas: Beholding the Pain of Humanity (Columbia University Press, 2021); When the Towers Fell: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 (The Los Angeles Review of Books Press, 2021) Conversations on Violence: An Anthology (Pluto Press, 2021); The Quarantine Files: Thinkers in Self-Isolation (The Los Angeles Review of Books Press, 2020); The Atrocity Exhibition: Life in the Age of Total Violence (The Los Angeles Review of Books Press, 2019); Violence: Humans in Dark Times (with Natasha Lennard, Citylights, 2018); Histories of Violence: Post-War Critical Thought (with Terrell Carver, Zed Books, 2017); Portraits of Violence: An Illustrated History of Radical Thinking (with Sean Michael Wilson, New Internationalist, 2016); Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of the Spectacle (with Henry Giroux, Citylights: 2015), Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously (with Julian Reid, Polity Press, 2014), Liberal Terror (Polity Press, 2013), and Deleuze & Fascism: Security - War - Aesthetics (with Julian Reid, Routledge, 2013).

Brad is currently completing a book titled State of Disappearance (McGill-Queens University Press, 2022). His next project will be to complete A Peoples History of the South Wales Valleys (contracted to Repeater/Penguin Random House, 2024)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Keywords

  • violence
  • aesthetics
  • insecurity
  • critical theory
  • politics
  • pedagogy

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