Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Professor Joseph Pugliese

Joseph PuglieseResearch Director, MMCCS


Office: Y3A 252
Phone: (02) 9850 2162
Undergraduate Teaching: CUL223, CUL321
Postgraduate Teaching: MMCS821


Professor Joseph Pugliese is Research Director of the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies.

Joseph's research and teaching are principally oriented by issues of social justice.  He deploys critical and cultural theories in order to examine and address the relationship between knowledge and power, issues concerned with discrimination and injustice, state violence, institutional racism, and regimes of colonialism and empire.  He examines these issues in the context of everyday cultural practices, the state, institutions of power such as law, and the interface of bodies and technologies.

His most recent publications include two monographs:

State Violence and the Execution of Law: Biopolitical Caesurae of Torture, Black Sites, Drones (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2013). The book was nominated for the following international book prizes: the UK's Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize 2014 and the US Law and Society Herbert Jacob Book Prize 2014.

Research Interests

Joseph's key areas of research include: race, ethnicity, whiteness; bodies, technologies; cultural studies of law; migration, diaspora, refugees; and state violence. He is available to supervise postgraduate research in these same areas.

Publications Since 2001


Pugliese, J, 2013, State Violence and Execution of Law: Biopolitical Caesurae of Torture, Black Sites, Drones. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 240. 
ISBN 9780415529747.

Pugliese, J, 2010, Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics.  New York and London: Routledge, pp. 192.  ISBN 978-0-0415-8748-8.  Short-listed for the international Surveillance Studies Book Prize 2010.

Edited Books

Pugliese, J, 2010, Transmediterranean: Diasporas, Histories, Geopolitical Spaces.  Brussels: Peter Lang, pp. 217.  ISBN 978-90-5201-619-1.

Book Chapters

Pugliese, J, 2013, "The Alleged Liveness of Live: Legal Visuality, Biometric Liveness Testing and the Metaphysics of Presence," in Richard Sherwin and Anne Wagner (eds.), Treatise on Legal Visual Semiotics, New York: Springer, pp. 649-669. ISBN 978-90-481-0321-9.

Pugliese, J. 2012, "Fractal T®opologies: (Re)Citation and (Mani)Folds (In)Fusing Midnight's Children," in Ranjan Ghosh (ed.), Romancing Theory, Riding Interpretation.  New York: Peter Lang, pp. 115-131.  ISBN 978-1-4331-1260-70.

Pugliese, J, 2011, "Spectres of the the Muselmann: Guantanamo Bay 'Theme Park' and the Torture of Omar Khadr," in S. Biswassa and Z. Zalloua (eds.) Torture: Power, Democracy and the Human Body (Global Re-Visions).  Seattle: University of Washington Press, pp. 158-187.  ISBN-10: 0295991224.

Pugliese, J, 2011, 'Civil Modalities of Refugee Trauma, Death and Necrological Transport," in Suvendrini Perera and Antonio Traverso (ed.), Living Through Terror: (Post)Trauma, (Post)Conflict and the South, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 142-158.  ISBN 978-0-415-61447-4. 

Pugliese, J, 2010, "Transnational Carceral Gulags: Lampedusa and Christmas Island," in Joseph Pugliese, Transmediterranean: Diasporas, Histories, Geopolitical Spaces.  Brussels: Peter Lang, pp. 105-124.  ISBN 978-90-5201-619-1.

Pugliese, J, 2009, "Interstitial Australia's Vernacular Violence," in Renata Summo-O'Connell (ed.), Imagined Australia: Reflections Around the Reciprocal Construction of Identity Between Australia and Europe.  Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 43-55.  ISBN 978-3-0343-0008-7.

Pugliese, J, 2008, "Rationalised Violence and Legal Colonialism: Nietzsche contra Nietzsche," in Francis J. Mootz III and Peter Goodrich (eds.), Nietzsche and Law.  London: Ashgate, pp. 339-355. ISBN 978-0-7546-2620. International anthologisation of an essay first published in the refereed U.S. journal Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature.

Pugliese, J, 2008, "Visual Cultures of Orientalism and Empire: The Abu Ghraib Images," in Nicole Anderson and Katrina Schlunke (eds.), Cultural Theory in Everyday Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 206-26.  ISBN 978-01-95562-453.

Pugliese, J, 2008, "The Stranger in Our Midst: History's Forgotten Doubles," in J. V. D'Cruz, Phillip Darby, Bernie Neville, Devika Goonewardene and Phillip Darby (eds.), As Others See Us: The Values Debate in Australia.  Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing,  pp. 79-89.  ISBN 978-1-74097-176-8.

Pugliese, J, 2007, "Noi Altri: Italy's Other Geopolitical Identities, Racialised Genealogies and Inter-Cultural Histories," in G. Rando and G. Turcotte (eds.), Literary and Social Diasporas.  Brussells: Peter Lang, pp. 185-202.   ISBN 978-90-5201-383.

Pugliese, J, 2007, "Whiteness, Diasporic Architecture and the Cultural Politics of Space," in Sudeep Dasgupta (ed.), Constellations of the Transnational: Modernity, Culture, Critique.  Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, pp. 23-49.  ISBN 13-978-90-420-2119-8.

Pugliese, J, 2002, "In the Ruins of Diaspora," in Kristi Siegel (ed.), Issues in Travel Writing: Empire, Spectacle, and Displacement.  New York: Peter Lang, pp. 229-244.  ISBN 0-824-4580-0.

Pugliese, J, 1999, "Indigeneity and the Racial Topography of Kant's 'Analytic of the Sublime'," in J. Brown and P. Sant (eds.), Indigeneity: Construction and Representation.  New York: Nova Science,  pp. 15-34.  ISBN 1-56072-674-1.

Pugliese, J, 1995, "The Gendered Figuring of the Dysfunctional Serviceman in the Discourses of Military Psychiatry," in J. Damousi and M. Lake (eds.), Gender and War.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 0-521-451000-0.

Pugliese, J, 1995, "Assimilation, Unspeakable Traces, and the Ontologies of Nation," in Suvendrini Perera (ed.), Asian and Pacific Inscriptions: Identities, Ethnicities, Nationalities.  Melbourne: Meridian, pp. 229-254.  ISBN 1-86446-065-2.

Pugliese, J, 1991, "Language and Minorities," in S. Fitzgerald and G. Wotherspoon (eds.), Minorities.  Sydney: State Library of New South Wales Press, pp. 192-216.  ISBN 0-7305-8926-9.

Pugliese, J, 1991, "The Rhetoric of Criminality: The Print Media and the Hilton Bombing Case," in K. Carrington, M. Dever, R. Hogg, J. Bargen and A. Lohrey (eds.), Travesty!  Miscarriages of Justice.  Sydney: Pluto Press, pp. 84-101.  ISBN 0-949-138-76-2.

Journal Articles

Pugliese, J, (forthcoming),"Permanent Revolution: Mohamed Bouazizi's Incendiary Ethics of Revolt," Law, Culture and the Humanities. ISSN 17438721. Invited paper.

Pugliese, J. (forthcoming), "Statist Visuality, Irregular Migrants, Refugees and Technologies of Extraterritorialisation," Griffith Law Review. Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2013, "Instrumental and Gratuitous Violence: The Torture and Death of Gul Rahman in the CIA Salt Pit," Cultural Studies 27.1: 72-91. ISSN 0950-2386. Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2012, "White Law of the Biopolitical," Journal of the European Association of Studies on Australia 3.1. Co-authored with Suvendrini Perera. ISSN 2013-6897

Pugliese, J, 2011, "Prosthetics of Law and the Anomic Violence of Drones" Griffith Law Review 20.4: 931-961. Invited paper. ISSN 1038-344.

Pugliese, J, 2011, "Reckonings of Possibles: Asylum Seekers, Justice and the Indigenisation of the Levinasian Third," The Australian Feminist Law Journal, 34: 23-42. ISSN 1320-0968.

Pugliese, J, 2011, "Death in a Dry River: Black Life, White Property, Parched Justice," Somatechnics 1.1: 65-86.  Co-authored with Suvendrini Perera. 
ISSN 2044-0138.

Pugliese, J, 2011 "Embodied Archives," Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, vol. 11, at:
ISSN 1833-6027.

Pugliese, J, 2010, "Necroethics of Terrorism," Law and Critique, 21: 213-231. ISSN 0957-8536 .  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2009, "Preincident Indices of Criminality: Facecrime and Project Hostile Intent," Griffith Law Review, 18.2: 314-330.  ISSN 1038-344.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2009, "Crisis Heterotopias and Border Zones of the Dead," Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 23.5: 663-677. ISSN 1469-3666.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2009, "Apostrophe of Empire: Guantánamo Bay, Disneyland," Borderlands, 8.3, at:

Pugliese, J, 2009, "Compulsory Visibility and the Infralegality of Racial Phantasmata," Social Semiotics, 19.1: 9-30.  ISSN 1035-0330.

Pugliese, J, 2009, "Introduction: The Somatechnics of Race and Whiteness," Social Semiotics, 19.1: 1-8.  Co-authored with Susan Stryker. ISSN 1035-0330.

Pugliese, J, 2009, "Civil Modalities of Refugee Trauma, Death and Necrological Transport," Social Identities, 15.1: 149-165.  ISSN 1350-4630.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2008, "Whiteness and the Blackening of Italy: La Guerra Cafona, Extracommunitari and Provisional Street Justice," Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 5.2 : 1-35.  ISSN 1449-2490.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2008, "Biotypologies of Terrorism," Cultural Studies Review, 14.2: 49-66.  ISSN 1446-8123.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2008, "The Tutelary Architecture of Immigration Detention Prisons and the Spectacle of 'Necessary Suffering,'" Architectural Theory Review, 13.2: 206-221.  ISSN 1326-4826.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2008, "L'Etica Irriconoscibile del Terrorismo: Necroetica e Sollecitazione della Violenza," Studi Culturali, 5.1: 31-49.  ISSN 1824-369X.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2008, "The Burning of Carlos Arredondo," HEAT, 16: 6-12. ISSN 1326-1460.

Pugliese, J, 2007, "Le Altre Italie: Identità Geopolitiche, Genealogie Razzializzate e Storie Interculturali," Studi Emigrazioni/International Journal of Migration Studies, 16: 837-854.  ISSN 0039-2936.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2007, "Biometrics, Infrastructural Whiteness and the Zero Degree of Non-Representation," Boundary 2, 34.2: 105-133.  ISSN 0190-3659.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2007, "White Historicide and the Returns of the Souths of the South," Australian Humanities Review, 42.  ISSN 1325-8338.  Invited paper

Pugliese, J, 2007, "Abu Ghraib's Shadow Archives," Law and Literature, 9.2: 247-276. ISSN 1535-685X.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2007, "Geocorpographies of Torture," Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association Journal, 3.1: at  ISSN 1832-3898.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2007, "The Event-Trauma of the Carceral Post-Human," Social Semiotics, 17.1: 63-86. ISSN 1035-0330.

Pugliese, J, 2006, "Asymmetries of Terror," Borderlands, 5.1 at:  ISSN1447-0810.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2006, "Bodies of Water," HEAT, 12: 13-20.  ISSN 1326-1460.

Pugliese, J, 2005, "In Silico Race and the Heteronomy of Biometric Proxies: Biometrics in the Context of Civilian Life, Border Security and Counter-Terrorism Laws," The Australian Feminist Law Journal, 23: 1-32. ISSN 1320-0968.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2005, "A Topolitology of Mourning: Practices of Memory and Diasporic Transpositions of Suburban Space," Studi d'italianistica nell'Africa australe/Studies in Southern Africa, 18.1 (2005): 67-98.  ISSN 1012-2338.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2005, "Necrological Whiteness: The Racial Prosthetics of Template Bodies," Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 19.3: 349-364.  ISSN 1469-3666.

Pugliese, J, 2005, "Demonstrative Evidence: A Genealogy of the Racial Iconography of Forensic Art and Illustration," Law and Critique, 15: 287-320.  ISSN 0957-8536.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2005, "Charged Crossing: Cultural Studies of Law - An Introduction," Social Semiotics, 15.1: 1-4. ISSN 1035-0330.

Pugliese, J, 2005, "The Incommensurability of Law to Justice: Refugees and Australia's Temporary Protection Visa," Law and Literature, 16.3 (2005): 285-311. 
ISSN 1535-685X.

Pugliese, J, 2005, "Forget Woomera," HEAT, 10 (2005): 77-86. ISSN 1326-1460

Pugliese, J, 2004, "Subcutaneous Law: Embodying the Migration Amendment Act 1992," The Australian Feminist Law Journal, 21: 23-34.  ISSN 1320-0968.

Pugliese, J, 2003, "The Locus of the Non: The Racial Fault Line 'of Middle Eastern Appearance," Borderlands, 2.3 at: ISSN 1035-0330.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J. 2003, "Each Death Is the First Death," HEAT, 6 (2003): 7-12. ISSN 1326-1460.

Pugliese, J, 2002, "Race as Category Crisis: Whiteness and the Topical Assignation of Race," Social Semiotics, 12.2: 149-168. ISSN 1035-0330.

Pugliese, J, 2002, "Migrant Heritage in an Indigenous Context: For a Decolonising Migrant Historiography," Journal of Intercultural Studies, 23.1: 5-18.  
ISSN 0725-6868.

Pugliese, J, 2002, Super Visum Corporis: Visuality, Race, Narrativity and the Body of Forensic Pathology," Law and Literature, 14.2: 367-396. ISSN 1535-685X.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2002, "Penal Asylum: Refugees, Ethics, Hospitality," Borderlands, 1.1 at: ISSN1447-0810.  Invited paper.

Pugliese, J, 2001, "'Fighting with Our Tongues': The Politics of Genre in Aboriginal Oral Histories," The Oral History Review, 28.2: 85-99.  ISSN 0094-0798.  Invited paper.