Critical Theory, Political Ecology, Climate Change, Extinction, Geoengineering, Kinship, Feminisms, Dis/ability, Neurodiversity, Ethics, Governance, Aesthetics, Toxicity, Multispecies Ethnography, Actor-Network Theory.
My previous writing has traced the contours of the Anthropocene across art, architecture, science, technology, and economics over a decade-long career in journalism, from London to Berlin and Beijing. I am the inaugural recipient of the Columbia Department of Anthropology’s Combs-Schilling Award.
West, D. (2015) “Academics from four continents converge on Vancouver for inaugural JOL Managers’ Meeting”. INASP Blog, Aug. 11.
West, D. (2015) “Nepal’s earthquake recovery needs local knowledge”. INASP Blog, May 26.
West, D. (2012) “Napoleon’s March”; “Mercator Projection”; “Zebra Crossing”; “One Dollar Bill”; “Emoticons”; “Recycle Symbol”; “Playing Cards”; “CNN logo”; “Deutsche Bank logo”; “Der Spiegel”. In, Terragni, E., Fitzpatrick, A., Roff, A. & Thackara, D. (eds) The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design. London: Phaidon Press.
West, D. (2010) “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Interaction”. In, Rogers, P. & Smyth, M. (eds) Digital Blur: Creative Practice at the Boundaries of Architecture, Design and Art. Faringdon: Libri Publishers, 224-230.
West, D. (2007) “Gareth Pugh”. Icon (46), 70-76.
Conferences & Presentations
West, D. (2020) “Braille: A Prehistory.” Presented at IUDC Consortium group, (cohosted with Kathryn Detwiler), at Distribute 2020, organized by the AAA’s Society for Cultural Anthropology, and the Society for Visual Anthropology, May 7-9.
West, D. (2020) “Braille: A History.” Screened at IUDC Consortium group, (cohosted with Kathryn Detwiler), at Distribute 2020, organized by the AAA’s Society for Cultural Anthropology, and the Society for Visual Anthropology, May 7-9.
West, D. (2014) Sole organizer and moderator of Scientific Humanities I: How to Patrol the Borderline Between Science and Politics? workshop, based on Bruno Latour’s "Scientific Humanities" MOOC. Held at School of Geography & Environment, University of Oxford, Feb. 11.
Exhibitions & Events
(2018) Franz Boas Seminar Coordinator, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, Jan-May.
West, D. (with Israel, M. & Puig, C) (2017) “Invasive Species”, presented at Biodiversity and its Histories, curated by Prof. Deborah Coen. At New York Public Library, Washington Heights, New York City, Apr. 22-May 19.
West, D. (2013) Sole curator of Horizons: Four Audiovisual Meditations on Nature, screening of short films and documentaries. Presented at School of Geography & Environment, University of Oxford, Dec. 4.
(2016) Critique of students’ final speculative proposals for The First Design Biennale of Experimental Micronations, comprising part of Prof. Fiona Raby and Prof. Anthony Dunne’s “Designed Realities: Investigating Criticality, Political Imaginaries and Alternative Worlds” course. Held at UTransLab2, The New School for Social Research, Dec. 19.
West, D. (2007) Critiques of work-in-progress by students of industrial design. At Royal College of Art, May 12.
West, D. (2006) Lecture on creativity and careers. At Camberwell College of Arts, Jun. 9.
23 academic citations; h-index: 2 (source: Google Scholar).
60,000+ web hits for Icon articles (source: Iconeye.com).
Student Member, American Anthropological Association (AAA).
Student Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute.
Postgraduate Fellow, Royal Geographical Society.
Member, School for Advanced Research.