Dr Noah Bassil investigates postcolonial state formation and politics with a particular focus on the representation of violence that often accompanies these states when they are in crisis.
Noah has been researching representations of Africa for over a decade now. Asking questions such as where do the dominant representations of Africa come from, who do these representations benefit and why. Initially beginning with a study of the conflicts in Sudanese region of Darfur, this research has evolved into a larger study of the way violence is represented in Africa and the Middle East.
This research impacts upon understanding of the way violence is represented and constructed around the world. Is there a fundamentally “western” tradition of violence and does this blind the western military establishment to the intricacies of violence in Africa and the Middle East?