Professor Brett Neilson

Professor Brett Neilson

Professor,
Institute For Culture And Society

Professor,
Dean'S Unit - School Of Humanities & Comm Arts

Biography

Brett Neilson’s research and writing aims to provide alternative ways of conceiving globalisation, with particular emphasis upon its social and cultural dimensions. Drawing on cultural and social theory as well as on empirical studies, his work has derived original and provocative means for rethinking the significance of globalisation for a wide range of contemporary problems and predicaments, including the proliferation of borders, the ascendancy of financial markets, the pressures of population ageing, the governance of logistical chains, and the role of digital infrastructures. His writings have been translated into sixteen languages: Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Slovenian, Turkish, Arabic, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

This information has been contributed by Professor Neilson.

Qualifications

  • PhD Yale University Graduate School
  • BA University of Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Institute For Culture And Society
  • Dean'S Unit - School Of Humanities & Comm Arts

Contact

Email: B.Neilson@westernsydney.edu.au
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Mobile:
Location: EM.G.36
Parramatta
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Publications

Books

  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2019), 'The Politics of Operations: Excavating Contemporary Capitalism', : Duke University Press 9781478001751.
  • Neilson, B., Rossiter, N. and Samaddar, R. (2018), 'Logistical Asia: The Labour of Making a World Region', : Palgrave Macmillan 9789811083327.
  • Neilson, B. and Rossiter, N. (2017), 'Logistical Worlds: Infrastructure, Software, Labour. No. 2, Kolkata', : Low Latencies 9781785420504.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2016), 'La frontera como metodo, o, la multiplicacion del trabajo', : Tinta Limon 9789873687211.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2014), 'Confini e Frontiere: La Moltiplicazione del Lavoro nel Mondo Globale', : IL Mulino 9788815251664.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2013), 'Border As Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor', : Duke University Press 9780822354871.
  • Neilson, B. (2003), 'Free Trade in the Bermuda Triangle ... and Other Tales of Counterglobalization', : University of Minnesota Press 9780816638727.

Chapters in Books

  • Neilson, B. and Rossiter, N. (2019), 'Theses on automation and labour', Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights, Routledge 9781138053250.
  • Neilson, B. (2018), 'Follow the software : reflections on the Logistical Worlds project', Logistical Asia: The Labour of Making a World Region, Palgrave Macmillan 9789811083327.
  • Neilson, B., Rossiter, N. and Samaddar, R. (2018), 'Making logistical worlds', Logistical Asia: The Labour of Making a World Region, Palgrave Macmillan 9789811083327.
  • Neilson, B. and Rossiter, N. (2017), 'Buy cheap, sell dear', Logistical Worlds: Infrastructure, Software, Labour. No. 2, Kolkata, Low Latencies 9781785420504.
  • Neilson, B. (2015), 'Inside and outside the tent : climate change politics at the 2009 United Nations climate change conference', Climate Change and Museum Futures, Routledge 9780415843911.
  • Cameron, F. and Neilson, B. (2015), 'Introduction : climate change, museum futures', Climate Change and Museum Futures, Routledge 9780415843911.
  • Neilson, B. (2015), 'A city that exports air : containers, traffic and logistics in Sydney's intermodal network and beyond', Cargomobilities: Moving Materials in a Global Age, Taylor and Francis 9780415720953.
  • Neilson, B. (2013), 'On Expo 2010's hinterlands, 'extrastatecraft' and migrant workers', Shanghai Expo : an International Forum on the Future of Cities, Routledge 9780415524629.
  • Neilson, B. (2013), 'Life and code : logistics, culture and economy', Challenging (the) Humanities, Australian Scholarly 9781925003468.
  • Neilson, B. (2013), 'Logistics of cultural work', Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries, Routledge 9780415502337.
  • Neilson, B. (2012), 'Fracking', Depletion Design: A Glossary of Network Ecologies, Institute of Network Cultures 9789081857512.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2011), 'Borderscapes of Differential Inclusion: Subjectivity and Struggles on the Threshold of Justice's Excess', The Borders of Justice, Temple University Press 9781439906873.
  • Neilson, B. and Rossiter, N. (2010), 'Still Waiting, Still Moving: On Migration, Logistics and Maritime Industries', Stillness in a Mobile World, Routledge 9780415572620.
  • Neilson, B. (2009), 'Waiting', Dictionary of War: 2008 Taipei Biennial Feature, Taipei Fine Arts Museum 9789860179101.
  • Neilson, B. (2008), 'Anticipazioni del globale. Soggettivita dopo il Sessantotto mondiale', La Rivoluzione Dietro di Noi: Filosofia e politica prima e dopo il '68, Manifestolibri 9788872855492.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2008), 'Il confine come metodo della moltiplicazione del lavoro', Universita Globale: Il Nuovo Mercato Del Sapere, manifestolibri 9788872855614.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2008), 'Die Grenze als Methode, oder die Vervielfaltigung der Arbeit', Borders, Nations, Translations: Ubersetzung in Einer Globalisierten Welt, Verlag Turia + Kant 9783851325454.
  • Neilson, B. (2007), 'At the frontiers of metaphysics: time and history in T.S. Eliot and Walter Benjamine', T.S. Eliot and the Concept of Tradition, Cambridge University Press 9780521880022.
  • Neilson, B. and Mitropoulos, A. (2007), 'Exceptional Times, Nongovernmental Spacings, and Impolitical Movements', Nongovernmental Politics, Zone Books 9781890951.
  • Neilson, B. (2006), 'Wyndham Lewis in Morocco: Spatial Philosophy and the Politics of Race', Anglo-American Modernity in the Mediterranean, Cisalpino 8832360624.
  • Neilson, B. (2006), 'The Market and the Police: Finance Capital in the Permanent Global War', Translation, Biopolitics, Colonial Difference, Hong Kong University Press 962209774X.
  • Neilson, B. (2006), 'Cultural Studies and Giorgio Agamben', New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory, Edinburgh University Press 0748622098.
  • Neilson, B. (2004), 'Hardy, Barbarism, and the Transformations of Modernity', Thomas Hardy and Contemporary Literary Studies, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd 0333994450.
  • Neilson, B. (2002), 'Ford's Biopolitics: 'Great Trade Route' and the Philosophy of the Kitchen Garden', Ford Madox Ford and 'The Republic of Letters', Cooperativa Libraria Universitatia Editrice Bologna 8849119283.

Journal Articles

  • Neilson, B. (2019), 'Precarious in Piraeus : on the making of labour insecurity in a port concession', Globalizations, vol 16, no 4 , pp 559 - 574.
  • Neilson, B. and Notley, T. (2019), 'Data centres as logistical facilities : Singapore and the emergence of production topologies', Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, vol 13, no 1 , pp 15 - 29.
  • Grappi, G. and Neilson, B. (2019), 'Elements of logistics : along the line of copper', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol 37, no 5 , pp 833 - 849.
  • Neilson, B. and Rossiter, N. (2019), 'Extracting concepts', Synoptique, vol 8, no 2 .
  • Neilson, B. (2019), 'The Academy as a logistical institution', Cultural Studies Review, vol 25, no 2 , pp 66 - 71.
  • Neilson, B. (2018), 'The currency of migration', South Atlantic Quarterly, vol 117, no 2 , pp 375 - 396.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2017), 'On the multiple frontiers of extraction : excavating contemporary capitalism', Cultural Studies, vol 31, no 2-3 , pp 185 - 204.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2016), 'Nella fabbrica della modernita: il capitale, lo Stato e l'impero', Scienza & Politica, vol 28, no 55 , pp 73 - 91.
  • Casas-Cortes, M., Cobarrubias, S., De Genova, N., Garelli, G., Grappi, G., Heller, G., Hess, S., Kasparek, B., Mezzadra, S., Neilson, B., Peano, I., Pezzani, L., Pickles, J., Rahola, F., Riedner, L., Scheel, S. and Tazzioli, M. (2015), 'New keywords : migration and borders', Cultural Studies, vol 29, no 1 , pp 55 - 87.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2015), 'Operations of capital', South Atlantic Quarterly, vol 114, no 1 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Kanngieser, A., Neilson, B. and Rossiter, N. (2014), 'What is a research platform? : mapping methods, mobilities and subjectivities', Media, Culture and Society, vol 36, no 3 , pp 302 - 318.
  • Neilson, B. and Cote, M. (2014), 'Introduction : are we all cultural workers now?', Journal of Cultural Economy, vol 7, no 1 , pp 2 - 11.
  • Neilson, B. (2014), 'Zones : beyond the logic of exception?', Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, vol 40, no 2 , pp 11 - 28.
  • Neilson, B. (2014), 'Knowledge on the move : between logistics and translation', Translation, vol 4 , pp 129 - 146.
  • Neilson, B. (2014), 'Beyond Kulturkritik : along the supply chain of contemporary capitalism', Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, vol 6 , pp 77 - 93.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2014), 'Fronteras de inclusion diferencial : subjetividad y luchas en el umbral de los excesos de justicia', Papeles del CEIC. International Journal on Collective Identity Research, vol 2014, no 2 .
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2014), 'The materiality of communism : politics beyond representation and the state', South Atlantic Quarterly, vol 113, no 4 , pp 777 - 790.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2013), 'Extraction, logistics, finance : global crisis and the politics of operations', Radical Philosophy, vol 178, no March/April , pp 8 - 18.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2012), 'Between inclusion and exclusion : on the topology of global space and borders', Theory, Culture and Society, vol 29 , pp 58 - 75.
  • Neilson, B. (2012), 'Five theses on understanding logistics as power', Distinktion, vol 13, no 3 , pp 323 - 340.
  • Neilson, B. (2012), 'Ageing, experience, biopolitics : life's unfolding', Body and Society, vol 18, no 3-4 , pp 44 - 71.
  • Cardona, B. and Neilson, B. (2011), 'The Logics of Human Growth Hormone and the Predicaments of Old Age', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol 25, no 6 , pp 857 - 871.
  • Neilson, B. and Dibley, B. (2010), 'Climate crisis and the actuarial imaginary : ?the war on global warming'', New Formations, vol 69 , pp 144 - 159.
  • Neilson, B. (2010), 'Politics without action, economy without labor', Theory and Event, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2010), 'Frontieres et inclusion differentielle', Rue Descartes, vol 67 , pp 102 - 108.
  • Neilson, B. (2010), 'Between governance and sovereignty : remaking the borderscape to Australia's north', Local-Global Journal, vol 8 , pp 124 - 140.
  • Neilson, B. (2010), 'On the ambiguity of ambidextrousness, or, what is an innovative action', CLCWeb : Comparative Literature and Culture, vol 12, no 4 .
  • Neilson, B. (2009), 'Translating Signs, Producing Subjects', Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol 6, no 1 .
  • Neilson, B. (2009), 'Ageing and Globalisation in a Moment of So-Called Crisis', Health Sociology Review, vol 18, no 4 , pp 349 - 363.
  • Neilson, B. (2009), 'The world seen from a taxi : students-migrants-workers in the global multiplication of labour', Subjectivity, vol 29 , pp 425 - 444.
  • Neilson, B. (2009), 'Opening Translation', Transeuropeennes: Revue Internationale de Pensee Critique, vol 24 .
  • Neilson, B. and Bamyeh, M. (2009), 'Drugs in Motion: Towards a Materialist Tracking of Global Mobilites', Cultural Critique, vol 71, no Winter , pp 1 - 12.
  • Neilson, B. and Rossiter, N. (2008), 'Precarity as a Political Concept, or, Fordism as Exception', Theory, Culture & Society, vol 25, no 40762 , pp 51 - 72.
  • Neilson, B. and Rossiter, N. (2006), 'Towards a Political Anthropology of New Institutional Forms', Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, vol 6, no 4 , pp 393 - 410.
  • Neilson, B. (2006), 'Anti-ageing cultures, biopolitics and globalisation', Cultural Studies Review, vol 12 , pp 149 - 164.
  • Neilson, B. and Mitropoulos, A. (2006), 'Cutting Democracy's Knot', Culture Machine, vol 8 .
  • Neilson, B. (2005), 'Provincialising the Italian Effect', Cultural Studies Review, vol 11, no 2 , pp 11 - 24.
  • Neilson, B. (2005), 'La politica dell' immaginario: Appunti incompleti su affetti e potere', Studi culturali, vol 2, no 1 , pp 3 - 22.
  • Neilson, B. and Rossiter, N. (2005), 'From Precarity to Precariousness and Back Again: Life, Labour and Unstable Networks', Fibreculture Journal, vol 5 .
  • Neilson, B. and Mitropolous, A. (2005), 'Polemos, Universitas', Borderlands: New Spaces in the Humanities, vol 4, no 1 .
  • Neilson, B. and Rossiter, N. (2005), 'Action without Reaction: A Mongolian Border Intervention', Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, vol 5, no X , pp 744 - 749.
  • Mitropoulos, A. and Neilson, B. (2005), 'Academia Inc. and the (culture) war', Overland, vol 179 , pp 15 - 19.
  • Neilson, B. (2004), 'Potenza Nuda? Sovereignty, Biop0olitics, Capitalism', Contretemps: An Online Journal of Philosophy, vol 5 , pp 63 - 78.
  • Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2003), 'Ne qui, ne altrove: migration, detention, desertion', borderlands e-journal, vol 2, no 1 .
  • Neilson, B. (2003), 'Australia, panottico o terra nullius', DeriveApprodi, vol 23 , pp 44 - 49.
  • Neilson, B. (2003), 'Globalization and the Biopolitics of Aging', CR: The New Centennial Review, vol 3, no 2 , pp 161 - 186.
  • Neilson, B. (2003), 'I migranti, i nativi e le gabbie del nazionalismo: Il diritto di fuga del movimento australiano', DeriveApprodi, vol 24 , pp 96 - 100.
  • Neilson, B. (2002), 'Bad Old Australia', Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, vol 4, no 1 , pp 39 - 54.
  • Neilson, B. (2002), 'Bodies of Protest: performing citizenship at the 2000 Olympic Games', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol 16, no 1 , pp 13 - 25.

Conference Papers

  • Neilson, B. (2001), 'How to launder money: finance capital, value and biopower', Inaugural Fibreculture Conference, Melbourne.

Other Publications

  • 2017, 'Gen nbn: 2020 and Beyond: The Future of a Connected Australia', Report
  • 2011, 'The Logistical City, in Transit Labour: Circuits, Regions, Borders', Published Work
  • 2010, ''What is a Research Platform?', in Transit-Labour: Circuits, Regions, Borders', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Guijing Migrant Village, Transit-Labour: Circuits, Regions, Borders', Published Work
  • 2010, ''From Flows of Culture to the Circuits of Logistics: Borders, Regions, Labour in Transit', Transit-Labour: Circuits, Regions, Borders', Published Work
  • 2006, 'Diverse Strategies for Diverse Carers: The Cultural Context of Family Carers in NSW', Report

Current Projects

Title: Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson, Ned Rossiter and Tanya Notley
Years: 2016-06-30 - 2021-05-31
ID: P00022589

Previous Projects

Title: Logistics as Global Governance: Labour, Software and Infrastructure along the New Silk Road
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter
Years: 2013-06-30 - 2018-06-28
ID: P00020849
Title: Anti-Ageing Devices: On the cultural politics of staying young in a globalised world (DP0559830)
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson
Years: 2005-06-30 - 2009-07-30
ID: P0009950
Title: Research Centre in Intercommunal Studies (RCIS)
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson
Years: 1999-01-01 - 1999-12-30
ID: P0013150
Title: Performing Citizenship: Western Sydney, Globalisation and Media Representations of Protest Groups at the 2000 Olympic Games
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson
Years: 2000-01-01 - 2000-12-31
ID: P0011226
Title: Counterworlds
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson
Years: 2000-09-04 - 2000-12-31
ID: P0011364
Title: Culture in Transition: Creative Labour and Social Mobilities in the Asian Century
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson, Ien Ang and Ned Rossiter
Years: 2009-06-30 - 2012-09-30
ID: P0016038
Title: Advancing Cultural Research in Australian and European Contexts: citizenship, migration and globalisation
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson, Kay Anderson and Fiona Allon
Years: 2006-05-26 - 2010-05-25
ID: P0015156
Title: Dr Nick Couldry as International Visiting Fellow at CCR, to develop 'Media consumption and the future of public connection' project, and give postgraduate masterclass
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Ien Ang and Brett Neilson
Years: 2004-03-31 - 2005-03-30
ID: P0013758
Title: Diverse Strategies for Diverse Carers: The Cultural Context of Family Carers in NSW
Funder:
  • Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care
Western Researchers: Sharon Chalmers and Brett Neilson
Years: 2005-01-04 - 2005-06-30
ID: P0014569
Title: Suffering and Morality in the New Humanitarianism
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Jessica Whyte and Brett Neilson
Years: 2014-09-16 - 2015-12-16
ID: P00022355
Title: Clouded Data: Technologies and policies for balancing information privacy and use
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Liam Magee, Ned Rossiter, Brett Neilson, Teresa Swist and Tsvetelina Hristova
Years: 2018-07-01 - 2018-09-30
ID: P00025111
Title: Global Citizenship and the Agency of the Museum Sector in Climate Change Interventions
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Questacon
  • Museum of Victoria
  • Australian Museum
  • Liberty Science Center
  • Powerhouse Museum
Western Researchers: Fiona R Cameron, Bob Hodge, Brett Neilson, Juan Francisco Salazar Sutil and Jann Conroy
Years: 2008-01-29 - 2012-12-31
ID: P0015673
Title: Between Logistics and Migration: Duisburg and the New Silk Road
Funder:
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter
Years: 2017-01-01 - 2018-12-31
ID: P00023577
Title: One Green Bean project for NBN Co
Funder:
  • One Green Bean Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Glenn Stone, Brett Neilson, Liam Magee and Paul James
Years: 2016-11-08 - 2017-07-10
ID: P00024284

Supervision

Professor Neilson is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Astrology Today: Cultural Contexts of the New Meaning of Tradition
Field of Research: Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Analysis of Cultural Dynamics in Regional Integration Processes
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Special Economic Zones and Displacement: The New Political Geographies of India
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Transformation of Professional Work Through Digital Mobility of Labour; the Case of Teleradiology
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Korea in Conflict: Globalisation, a Stifler of Inter-Korean Relations
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: A Study of the Accelerated Urbanization of Perth, Western Australia, Focused on Complexity Produced by Temporal Variables
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Viral Content in Chinese Internet
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Transnational Mobility of Labour: Social Protection of Migrant Workers and of their Families
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Capitalist Accumulation, Neo-Colonialism and Global War: The Role of Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs)
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Spinoza and an Ethics of Expression
Field of Research: Philosophy
Thesis Title: HATRED: A PSYCHO-POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society
Thesis Title: 'The Most Cosmopolitan Island under the Sun'? Negotiating Ethnicity and Nationhood in Everyday Mauritius
Field of Research: Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Sites of Identity: An inquiry into articulation of diasporic identity through electronic mediation
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society
Thesis Title: Light as Surface and Intensity
Field of Research: The Arts
Thesis Title: Rethinking Fiji Coups: Corporate Domination and an Unseen Order
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Transcending Boundaries: "The Arts of Islam Exhibition"
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: In the Shadow of a Rising China: China's Regionalism in South East Asia's Least Developed Countries
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Reimagining Cultural Diplomacy Through Cosmopolitan Linkages: Australian Artists-in-Residence in Asia
Field of Research: Society And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified; Society And Culture; Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Infrastructure, Labor and Government: A Study of Delhi Airport
Field of Research: Anthropology; History; Human Geography; Society And Culture; Sociology
Thesis Title: Risky Expertise in Chinese Financialisation: <i>Haigui</i> Returnee Migrants in the Shanghai Financial Market
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Two States, One Nation: The Koreas and the Policy/Culture Nexus
Field of Research: History; Political Science And Policy Studies; Sociology
Thesis Title: The Story of Kiasu: Expressions of Identity and Status via Conspicuous Consumption: An Ethnographic Study of Singaporean Young Women in a Newly Adopted Culture
Field of Research: Society And Culture

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