The Magazine

Warscapes is an independent online magazine that provides a lens into current conflicts across the world.

Warscapes publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, book and film reviews, photo-essays and retrospectives of war literature from the past fifty years.

Warscapes is motivated by a need to move past a void within mainstream culture in the depiction of people and places experiencing staggering violence, and the literature they produce.

Apart from showcasing great writing from war-torn areas, the magazine is a tool for understanding complex political crises in various regions and serves as an alternative to compromised representations of those issues.

Warscapes is grateful to the Flora Family and Open Society Foundations for their generous support of our work and mission. 

 

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Editor in chief, Founder: Bhakti Shringarpure is a writer, translator and academic who received a BA in Literature from Bard College and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York. She is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Connecticut (Storrs) and focuses on postcolonial civil wars with an emphasis on the period of the Cold War. She recently co-translated Kaveena, a novel by Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop (Indiana University Press). Her edited works Literary Sudans: An Anthology of Literature from Sudan and South Sudan (Africa World Press) and Imagine Africa, Volume 3 (Archipelago Press) are forthcoming. Twitter @bhakti_shringa bhakti@warscapes.com 

Editor-at-Large, Founder: Michael Bronner is a writer, filmmaker and journalist who spent many years at the weekday edition of CBS News/60 Minutes, reporting from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. He freelances for Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, Foreign Policy and others, writing long, literary investigative pieces. His credits in feature film includes United 93 and Green Zone. His work has been recognized with a Peabody Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting, several Emmy nominations and the President's Choice Award for a Vanity Fair piece on the 9/11 attacks. Twitter @michaelbronner bronner@warscapes.com

Senior Editor: Michael Busch is a writer and researcher who received his BA in Philosophy and the History of Mathematics and Science from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. He is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His work focuses on the political economy of transnational organized crime. He has written extensively on world politics for newspapers, online magazines and journals and currently teaches international relations at City College in New York. Twitter @michaelkbusch busch@warscapes.com

Editor, Poetry: Brenda Marie Osbey is an author of poetry, prose nonfiction and libretti, working in English and French. Her six published volumes include All Souls: Essential Poems (LSU 2015) and History and Other Poems (2013). Edited works include features for Indiana Review, Poet Lore, Warscapes, Illuminations and Gabriel Okara: Collected Poems Edited and with an Introduction by Brenda Marie Osbey. (African Poetry Book Series, 2016). Studies of her work appear in several critical studies as well as such reference works as Contemporary Authors; the Oxford Companion to African American Literature; Dictionary of Literary Biography; and Dictionnaire des Créatrices. A translator and professor of Africana and American literatures, from 2011 thorugh 2015, she was distinguished visiting professor of Africana Studies at Brown University. Poet laureate emerita of Louisiana, Osbey is a native of New Orleans. Website is http://www.osbeynola.com and Twitter @OsbeyNola

Editor, Reviews: Jason Huettner is a freelance writer in New York. He received his B.A. from Hunter College in 2010 in English Language, Literature, and Criticism. His areas of interest include military science, postcoloniality, and gender studies. Twitter @jasonhuettner jason@warscapes.com

 

Associate Editors

Melissa Smyth is a student at the City University of New York School of Law. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in the visual culture of violence, particularly as related to the war on terror in media. Twitter @perrykeetsmyth smyth@warscapes.com

Gareth Davies is an editor at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He holds an MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, and Conflict from Trinity College Dublin and a BA(hons) in English Literature from the University of York. He is interested in post-Soviet politics, post-colonial/imperial transitions, the political mobilisation of nationalism, and the radical right. Twitter @garethaledavies

Gabrielle Spear graduated from Goucher College with a BA in English and a minor in Peace Studies. While at Goucher, she studied abroad in Rwanda, Uganda, and historic Palestine, researching the state’s influence on sites of memory. She is interested in the performative nature of the state and literature as a means for imagining new worlds. Twitter @gabriellejspear

Caterina Bonora is an Italian researcher based in Bremen, Germany. She received her PhD from the University of Bremen and she focused on nongovernmental actors’ conceptualization of post-war justice in the former Yugoslav region. Her interests also span the politics of gender, the evolution of activism and political participation in the age of social media, and the upsurge of populism and nationalism in different contexts. Twitter @cate_bonora

Michael Paye is a PhD candidate at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, Ireland (2012–2017), and a Fulbright NUI Visiting Researcher at Princeton University, New Jersey (January–June 2017). He is a former IRC Doctoral Scholar and was a Dobbin Scholar at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Michael’s academic research has been published in Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism and Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, and his work has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers. His research specialities include world-systems theory, theories of world-literature and environmental studies/ecocriticism, as well as Irish, British, Canadian and Nigerian literary studies.

Born in Indian Controlled Kashmir, Asgar Qadri studied comparative politics at the George Washington University and international relations at the University of Denver, Colorado. He researches and writes about collective violence in South Asian democracies, particularly exploring the sociological conditions that allow political actors to deploy violent strategies for achieving their goals. 

Contributing Editors

Jessica Rohan is a freelance writer and researcher based in Philadelphia. She received a BA in 2013 from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied sociology, anthropology and global studies with concentrations in the Middle East and North Africa and conflict/conflict resolution. She is interested in global media and the role of public art in social movements. Twitter @jessica_rohan

Hassan Ghedi Santur is a Somali-Canadian freelance writer and broadcaster. For many years, he produced radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His articles have appeared in The Walrus, CBC.ca and Warya Post among others. He holds a Bachelors degree in English Literature and MFA in writing. His debut novel Something Remains was published in 2010 and he has recently completed his second novel The Youth of God. He is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya where he works as a freelance journalist and an international media monitor. Twitter @hgsantur

Mary von Aue is a freelance writer based in New York. She holds an MA from Columbia University, where she studied classical Islamic literature and the effects of the water crisis in Palestine, a topic she investigated while working in Deheishe Refugee Camp. Mary has lived in 6 countries and writes about history, policy, and culture. Twitter @von_owie

Preethi Nallu is a multimedia journalist and writer, originally from Hyderabad, India. Born in Iran, raised in India, she spent her university years at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing  degrees in journalism and political science. She is Managing editor for Refugees Deeply. Twitter @Preethi_Nallu

Ismail Einashe is a British-Somali freelance journalist and researcher based in London. He’s a regular contributor to Prospect Magazine, African Arguments and Welt-Sichten, and his writing has appeared in several publications, including Mail & Guardian, The Economist and The White Review. He’s an associate research fellow at the University of Oslo, where he works on comparative migration. He has also worked for BBC Radio Current Affairs, and presented for BBC Radio 4. He studied social political sciences at University of Cambridge and politics at the University of London. Twitter @IsmailEinashe

 

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