Taylor R. Genovese


Doctoral Student
Multimodal Ethnographer
Gonzo Anthropologist


About

Taylor R. Genovese (Tucson, AZ, 1986) draws on his background in sociocultural anthropology and political theory as a doctoral student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (HSD) program at Arizona State University, where he is pursuing his interest in the social imaginaries of human futures on Earth and in outer space. His Ph.D. is supervised by Gaymon Bennett (Chair), Alexander Aviña, and David Graeber.

His dissertation work focuses on producing a genealogy of futurist discourse surrounding human immortality and space travel. He is tracing the legacy of these ideas from the Proletkult movement as well as from the Russian Cosmists, a loose-knit esoteric political-spiritual-artistic group operating in the decades surrounding the Russian Revolution. He is interested in the ways in which utopian ideas rooted in human solidarity get transmuted into the egocentric dreams of the wealthy through declensionist narratives.

Genovese is active in a number of graduate research organizations and dissemination platforms. He is a founding member of the radical academic collective The Young Schpengelheimers. He is also a co-founder and contributor for Footnotes, an anthropology group blog for the multimodal, anticolonial, and iconoclastic. He assists editing the Medium publication Space + Anthropology, an online journal presenting research at the intersections of technology, culture, (outer) space, anthropology, science fiction, and art. He is a proud member of AFT Academics (Local 06593).

Genovese worked as a filmmaker and an accomplished stage actor prior to attending university as a non-traditionally aged student. He has attended each of Arizona's major universities (University of Arizona for his B.A., Northern Arizona University for his M.A., and now Arizona State University for his Ph.D.) and is still unsure of whether or not that is a good thing.

In addition to his academic interests, he enjoys digital and analog photography, participating in Spanish Civil War living history, and watching dust accumulate on his vinyl record collection.

Multimodal Portfolio

Genovese has been a filmmaker and photographer for over 15 years, working on projects ranging from small independent short films to internationally distributed television programs. He is currently a multimodal anthropologist utilizing digital video, photography, social media, art, and sound as methods and sites of inquiry for anthropological research.

Photo Projects

Film / Video

« Accelerator Mass Spectrometry »
2015 / / short instructional film

« Growing Together »
2014 / / short documentary film

Published Work

« The decadence and depravity of Biosphere 2 »
2018 / / photo essay

« The New Right Stuff »
2017 / / multimodal essay

Texture

Alone in the City

Death & Destruction

Curriculum Vitæ

Education

2017–20##

Ph.D. Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, Arizona State University
—Committee: Gaymon Bennett (Chair), Alexander Aviña, and David Graeber
—Fields: Political Anthropology; Science, Religion, & Critical Secular Studies; Multimodal Ethnography

2015–2017

M.A. Anthropology (with Distinction), Northern Arizona University
—Thesis: The New Right Stuff: Social Imaginaries of Outer Space & the Capitalist Accumulation of the Cosmos
—Advisor: Miguel L. Vásquez

2011–2013

B.A. Anthropology (magna cum laude and with Honors; minor: Classics), University of Arizona

Research Interests

anthropology of outer space; political theory; human futures; neoliberalism; decolonization; social imaginaries; utopia; Russian Cosmism; Proletkult; extraterrestrial analogs; social movements; multimodality; U.S.; former Soviet Union; Space.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Under Review

Stapp, April M., Taylor R. Genovese, and Joseph M. Gabriel. "Copyright is Theft: Aaron Swartz, Neoliberalism, and the Future of Academic Publishing." ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.

In Press

Genovese, Taylor R. "Going Gonzo: Toward a Performative Practice in Multimodal Ethnography." entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography.

2018

———. "'Death is a Disease': Cryopreservation, Neoliberalism, and Temporal Commodification in the U.S." Technology in Society 54: 52–56. doi: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2018.03.002. (PDF)

2016

———. "Decolonizing Archival Methodology: Combating Hegemony and Moving Towards a Collaborative Archival Environment." AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 12 (1): 32–42. doi: 10.20507/AlterNative.2016.12.1.3. (PDF)

Editor-Reviewed Articles & Book Reviews

2017

"On Scarves, Serpents, and Solidarity." In Anthropology Matters! in Brief. Anthropology News 58 (6): e128–e130. 15 December. doi: 10.1111/AN.724. (PDF)

2016

2016

"Orbiting the Imaginary." Peeps Magazine 1 (2): 134–139.

Non-Refereed Articles

2017

(co-authored with Martin Pfeiffer) "'To Peace, Because the Awful Alternative is the End of All Life': Build Bomb–Explore Space(s)–Save World!" Savage Minds (now anthro{dendum}). 16 & 20 July.

2017

"Shitting in Space: Engagements with Cosmic Taboo." Savage Minds (now anthro{dendum}). 13 July.

2017

"Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight." Savage Minds (now anthro{dendum}). 2 & 6 July.

2015

"Room to Dream: Space & the American Southwest." Space + Anthropology. 24 March.

Media & Films

2018

"The decadence and depravity of Biosphere 2." Photo Essay. Footnotes. 30 May.

2017

"The New Right Stuff." Photo Essay. Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University.

2015

"Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: A Tour of the Carbon-14 Dating Process." In Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome: An Introduction, by David Soren and Archer Martin. Baltimore, MD: Midnight Marquee Press. (Credited: Director, Director of Photography, and Editor)

2014

"Growing Together: Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm." Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology. (Credited: Director of Photography)

2013

"Pima County Public Library: Welcome to the Library." Available in six languages: Arabic, Maay-Maay, Nepalese, Somali-Bantu, Spanish, and English. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology. (Credited: Director and Director of Photography)

2012

"Lake Superior: Circling the Sweet Water Ocean." In The Americas with David Yetman (Season 3, Episode 6), Public Broadcasting Service. (Credited: Location Sound)

Presentations

Refereed Conference Papers

2018

"In the Shadow of Despots: Extremism, Zealotry, and Abolitionist Anthropology." 117th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 15 November. San Jose, CA.

2017

"Fear and Loathing in Truth or Consequences: Neoliberalism, Colonialism and the Lineage of the Frontier at Spaceport America." 116th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 30 November. Washington, D.C.

2017

"Cosmic Colonialism: Imperial Imaginaries at Spaceport America." Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference. 28 March. Santa Fe, NM.

2016

"Radical Imaginaries of Outer Space: Resisting Extra-Planetary Neoliberalism and Cosmic Primitive Accumulation." 115th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 20 November. Minneapolis, MN.

2015

"Decolonizing Archival Methodology: Combating Hegemony & Moving Towards a Collaborative Archival Environment." 114th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 19 November. Denver, CO.

2014

"Comparisons in Film Production between Commercial Endeavors and Applied Visual Ethnography." Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference. 18 March. Albuquerque, NM.

2013

"Reaching into the Community: Using Multimedia to Break Down Barriers." Arizona Library Association Annual Conference. 22 November. Phoenix, AZ.

Panels Organized / Chaired

2018

Co-Organizer & Co-Chair (with Courtney Cecale). "Ethnographies of the Extreme." 117th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 15 November. San Jose, CA

2017

Chair. "'Realists' of a Larger Reality: Anthropological Intersections with Science Fiction." 116th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 2 December. Washington, D.C.

Invited Talks* / Roundtables / Workshops

2018

"Destabilizing Power and Asserting Praxis in Post-HAU Anthropology." 117th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting late-breaking roundtable. 17 November. San Jose, CA.

2018*

"Learning from Mars: A roundtable discussion on (de)-colonization, the 'turn-key' project and planning futures." 10th Annual SCARP Symposium. 16 March. University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC.

Campus / Departmental Presentations

2016

"Going Gonzo: Towards an Ethnographic Theory of Creativity, Performance & Praxis." (co-authored with Arturo Magaña.) The Ethnographic Turn: On Theory, Method, and Practice in Anthropology, Graduate Student Conference. 30 September. Boulder, CO.

2016

"Marking Territory in the Infinite: Speculating on the Implications of Flags in Space." 2nd Annual Social Science & Social Change Conference. 26 February. Flagstaff, AZ.

2013

"A Visual Ethnographic Approach to Refugee and Immigrant Services and its Application to the Pima County Public Library Welcome to the Library Project." Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology Intern Research and Outreach Symposium. 1 May. Tucson, AZ.

Employment

2017–20##

Graduate Research Associate, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

2015–2017

Graduate Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

2014–2015

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Africana Studies, University of Arizona

2014–2015

Special Collections Assistant, University of Arizona Libraries

2012–2013

Research Assistant, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona

Grants and Awards

(selected)

2018

Arizona State University Charter Award, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

2016–2017

Ray Madden Research Award, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

2016–2017

Robert C. Euler Graduate Scholarship in Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

2013

Italian Archaeology Video Grant, The Cacioppo Foundation

2013

Graduating Senior Award (one of four), School of Anthropology, University of Arizona

2012

Magellan Circle Scholar, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona

Teaching

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Spring 2019

Religion, Science, & Citizenship (third-year Honors course; HON/REL 394); Teaching Assistant (for Dr. Gaymon Bennett)

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

2016–2017

Exploring Cultures (first-year course; ANT 102); Teaching Assistant (for Dr. Clinton Humphrey)

Spring 2016

Peoples of the World (third-year course; ANT 301); Teaching Assistant (for Dr. Fritz Lampe)

Fall 2015

Exploring Cultures (first-year course; ANT 102); Teaching Assistant (for Dr. Fritz Lampe)

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

2014–2015

Hip Hop Cinema (third-year course; AFAS 371); Teaching Assistant (for Dr. Tani Sanchez)

Academic Service

2018–20##

Co-Founder and Contributor, Footnotes.

2016–20##

Associate Editor, Space + Anthropology.

2019

Abstract Reviewer for the 2019 STGlobal conference.

2016–2017

Editorial Assistant, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.

2016

Undergraduate Program Assessment, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University.

2016

Projectionist, 2016 Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival, Minneapolis, MN.

2015

Pre-screener, 2015 Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival, Denver, CO.

2011–2013

Steering committee for social media campaigns, Career Services, University of Arizona.

Reviewer for Current Anthropology; Student Anthropologist; ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.

Research Experience

2017–20##

Research Associate. Ethnographic and engineering research to develop a methodology that allows fluent human-machine collaboration in low gravity environments using an assistive exoskeleton. "Microgravity Human-Machine Integration," Interplanetary Initiative, Arizona State University.

2017–20##

Research Associate. Ethnographic research looking at how the integration of water sensor displays impact the water choices of building occupants. "Future H2O," School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University.

2017–2018

Research Associate. Speculative integration of STEM, social science, and the arts to imagine what legal, political, and social norms will govern human exploration of outer space through a physical, publicly accessible, performative analogue. "Rehearsing the Future," Interplanetary Initiative, Arizona State University.

2015–2017

Principal Investigator. Archival research and multi-sited ethnography for M.A. thesis. "The New Right Stuff: Social Imaginaries of Outer Space and the Capitalist Accumulation of the Cosmos," Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University.

2014

Archives Technician. Historical research and artifact rehousing. "Glass Plates, Tintypes, and Cabinet Cards from the Late-19th Century in Casa Grande, Arizona," Casa Grade Valley Historical Society.

2013

Research Assistant. Project Lead on assessment team. "Welcome to the Library Film Assessment," Pima County Public Library, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona.

2013

Research Assistant. Short-form interview transcription analysis. "Offshore Oil and Deepwater Horizon: Social Effects on Gulf Coast Communities," BOEM Contract #M10AC20003, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona.

2012–2013

Research Assistant. Seed collection and plant growth data in urban gardens. Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona.

Media Coverage and Mentions

2018

2017

"Seeing Like a Football Team." Sideline: Analyzing Sports Through Anthropology. 20 July.

2014

Languages

Human languages: English (native); Russian (novice); Spanish (novice).

Computer languages: HTML/CSS (intermediate); LaTeX (novice).

Associations, Societies, and Memberships

Contact

Taylor R. Genovese

Ph.D. Student & Graduate Research Associate, Arizona State University

taylor.genovese@asu.edu

School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 87287-5603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603

On Occupied Akimel O'odham Land