Militarism, Militarization, the Academy, and the Human Terrain System

The nexus between imperialism, militarism, and anthropology, and the serious concerns it raised, was virtually the leading reason for starting Zero Anthropology. Given that I have written over 300 pieces on the Human Terrain System (HTS) alone (more than any other site on the Web), this is by far a very narrow selection that consists of what I think were the most important, informative, and useful articles for research and discussion. Some have been listed separately, under the Wikileaks section. I do not expect many more updates to this section, but please check again in 2012.

2013. “Documents: Investigations into the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System.” Zero Anthropology, February 19.

2013. “The End of Debates About the Human Terrain System?Zero Anthropology, February 17.

2012. “Militanthro: Anthropology and the Study of NATO and the U.S. Military.” Zero Anthropology, November 23.

2012. “Complying with ‘Counter-Terrorism’: State Securitization of Canadian Academia (part 3).” Zero Anthropology, July 23.

2012. “Complying with ‘Counter-Terrorism’: State Securitization of Canadian Academia (part 2).” Zero Anthropology, July 23.

2012. “Complying with ‘Counter-Terrorism’: State Securitization of Canadian Academia (part 1).” Zero Anthropology, July 23.

2011. “In the News: Militarized Academia, Human Terrain System.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, 08 December.

2011. “AAA 2011: A Review of Some Presentations on Military, Security, and Intelligence Topics.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, 24 November.

2011. “Human Terrain Mapping: It’s Still Scary and Troubling.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, 07 November.

2011. “Case Western Reserve University: Proxy Censor for the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, 07 November.

2011. “Human Terrain Mapping at Home is ‘Scary’: The Video the Human Terrain System Does Not Want You to See.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, 03 November.

2011. “Anthropology at War: Human Terrain Social Science Director Admits Human Terrain Mapping is Scary, Troubling.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, 01 October.

2011. “Alert: Canada Is Now Home to Recruitment for the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, 30 September.

2011. “Militarism and Canadian Universities.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, June 15.

2011. “Anthropology, the Military, Global and Domestic Counterinsurgency.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, June 12.

2011. “The Militarization and Securitization of the Canadian University.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, May 28.

2011. “Militarizing Anthropology (Culture, Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall 2008, pps. 6-10).” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, May 17.

2011. “From the AJP Symposium at CASCA 2011: The Anthropology of Militarism/The Militarization of Anthropology.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, May 13.

2011. “Declaring the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System a Success: Rereading the CNA Report.” Zero Anthropology, February 19.

2010. “Militarizing Anthropology at the University of Calgary.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, December 13.

2010. “A Resurgent Human Terrain System: Concerns for Anthropology, Including Canada.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, December 13.

2010. “Bibliography and Archive: The Military, Intelligence Agencies, and the Academy (with special reference to anthropology) – Documents, News, Reports.” Zero Anthropology.

2010. “Burlesque Afghanistan: Pulp Fiction from an Embedded ‘Reporter’.” Zero Anthropology, October 6.

2010. “The Many Faces of the Human Terrain System in Iraq.” Zero Anthropology, October 5.

2010. “Human Terrain System in the Media.” Zero Anthropology, August 21.

2010. “More European Press Coverage of the Human Terrain System.” Zero Anthropology, July 17.

2010. “Grace McFate: Anthropology, Avatar, and the Human Terrain System in the Italian Press.” Zero Anthropology, July 15.

2010. “Worried about Iraqis writing their own history? Then let’s violate international law, again.” Zero Anthropology, June 22.

2010. “Video Propaganda: Human Terrain System on National Geographic.” Zero Anthropology, June 10.

2010. “A Major Report of a Minor Exception, or a Minor Report of a Major Problem? The American Anthropological Association’s CEAUSSIC vis-à-vis the Human Terrain System–Part 1.” Zero Anthropology, June 7.

2010. “A Major Report of a Minor Exception, or a Minor Report of a Major Problem? The American Anthropological Association’s CEAUSSIC vis-à-vis the Human Terrain System–Part 2.” Zero Anthropology, June 7.

2010. “SCRATs: AFRICOM after the Human Terrain System.” Zero Anthropology, May 30.

2010. “The Pentagon’s Human Terrain, beyond the Human Terrain System.” Zero Anthropology, May 29.

2010. “Time Line and FAQ for the Human Terrain System and Responses by the Network of Concerned Anthropologists and the American Anthropological Association.” Zero Anthropology, May 28.

2010. “Imperial Instruction: The Human Terrain System’s Academic Trainers, Part 1.” Zero Anthropology, May 20.

2010. “Imperial Instruction: The Human Terrain System’s Academic Trainers, Part 2.” Zero Anthropology, May 20.

2010. “Anthropology and Empire: Recommended Books.” Anthropologists for Justice and Peace, May 19.

2010. “AFRICOM, Human Terrain, Empire, and Anthropology.” Zero Anthropology, March 27.

2010. “Information Traffickers of the Imperial State: American Anthropologists and Other Academics.” Zero Anthropology, March 19.

2010. “Multiplying Human Terrain Dreams of Victory and Fortune.” Zero Anthropology, March 4.

2010. “Mapping the Terrain of War Corporatism: The Human Terrain System within the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex.” Zero Anthropology, February 28.

2009. “(Re)Imperializing Anthropology and Decolonizing Knowledge Production.” Zero Anthropology, September 19. (First presented at the 8th Annual Critical Race and Anti-colonial Studies Conference of Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality (R.A.C.E.), held at Ryerson University in Toronto, 14-16 November, 2008.)

2009. “Blind Spots: Ethical Research in the Midst of Counterinsurgency.” Zero Anthropology, September 16.

2009. “Cross-Cultural Understanding for Peace: So why does HTS go to Afghanistan?Zero Anthropology, July 11.

2009. “How to Get More Frequent Flyer Miles for Your Zombie.” Zero Anthropology, June 5.

2009. “News: Militarizing the Social Sciences and Humanities in Canada.” Zero Anthropology, June 5.

2009. “These Fine, Young, Humanitarian…Zombies.” Zero Anthropology, June 4.

2009. “Audio: Anthropology and Counterinsurgency.” Zero Anthropology, May 24.

2009. “‘Useless Anthropology’: Strategies for Dealing with the Militarization of the Academy.” Zero Anthropology, May 22. (First presented at at the CASCA-AES conference in Vancouver on Friday, 15 May, 2009, for a panel organized and chaired by Dr. Greg Feldman titled, “The Use of Culture and Anthropology in Counter-insurgency and Peacekeeping Operations.”)

2009. “Canadian Responses to the Militarization and Securitization of Anthropology: Report #2 from the CASCA-AES Conference in Vancouver.” Zero Anthropology, May 22.

2009. “On the Militarization of Anthropology: Report #1 from the CASCA-AES Conference in Vancouver.” Zero Anthropology, May 20.

2008. “Anthropologize This!Zero Anthropology, December 9.

2008. “Canada’s own Human Terrain System: White Situational Awareness Team in Afghanistan.” Zero Anthropology, November 24.

2008. “Minerva Research Initiative Violates International Law and Iraqi Sovereignty.” Zero Anthropology, October 31.

2008. “Priming the Propaganda Pumps: Four More Sales Pitches for the Spreading Human Terrain System.” Zero Anthropology, October 17.

2008. “Suspect Media: Making Propaganda for the Human Terrain System.” Zero Anthropology, September 25.

2008. “The ‘Culture’ Virus: The Human Terrain System spreads to Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.” Zero Anthropology, September 7.

2008. “Imperializing Open Access and Militarizing Open Source: ‘What’s yours is ours. What’s ours is ours’.” Zero Anthropology, August 18.

2008. “Another Profile in Propaganda: Laurie Adler, U.S. Army’s ‘Human Terrain System’.” Zero Anthropology, August 7.

2008. “Updates: Spy in Our Midst; Washington Post on Minerva.” Zero Anthropology, August 5.

2008. “Secrecy, Anonymity, Spying, and Lying: An Overview of the ‘Ethics’ of HTS Infiltration.” Zero Anthropology, August 2.

2008. “A SPY IN OUR MIDST: Montgomery Sapone/Montgomery McFate.” Zero Anthropology, July 31.

2008. “Minerva Project and Looted Iraqi Documents.” Zero Anthropology, July 26.

2008. “Questioning the ‘Top Misconceptions’ About the ‘Human Terrain System’.” Zero Anthropology, July 13.

2008. “National Security Research, Imperialist Emergencies and the Minerva Research Initiative: Some Further Consideration.” Zero Anthropology, June 18.

2008. “American Anthropology & the Pentagon: Let’s Professionalize ‘Terrorism’ Research.” Zero Anthropology, May 28.

2008. “Reviewing the AAA’s Report on Anthropology and the Military.” Zero Anthropology, April 17.

2008. “American Anthropologists against Counterinsurgency: Part Two.” Zero Anthropology, April 16.

2008. “The Military-Academic Complex in the U.S.: ‘The Minerva Consortia’.” Zero Anthropology, April 16.

2007. “Of Mirror Images, Fanatics, and Cartoon Characters: Militarizing Anthropology.” Zero Anthropology, December 15.

2007. “Riposte to Imperial Anthropology in Iraq: On the Civility of US Forces.” Zero Anthropology, December 8.

2007. “The Narrative of Imperialism: Revisiting the Ugly American (Anthropologist).” Zero Anthropology, December 4.

2007. “Initial Reactions to AAA Report on Anthropologists & Counterinsurgency.” Zero Anthropology, December 1.

2007. “HTS ‘Anthropologists’: Predictable & Contradictory Arguments.” Zero Anthropology, November 24.

2007. “‘Alleviating Harm’: Which Side are Anthropologists Supporting?Zero Anthropology, November 21.

2007. “Empty Scholasticism at its Best on the AAA Blog.” Zero Anthropology, November 11.

2007. “Why is Anthropology Linked to Counterinsurgency?Zero Anthropology, November 9.

2007. “Politics and Ethics: Anthropologists and Human Terrain Systems.” Zero Anthropology, November 9.

2007. “Anthropologists React to the AAA Statement on the Ethics of Counterinsurgency Research.” Zero Anthropology, November 9.

About Maximilian Forte

Anthropologist focusing on empire, militarism, political anthropology, decolonization, indigenous struggles, cyberactivism, visual ethnography, and media studies. Please post comments and inquiries to maximilian.forte@concordia.ca