Professor Nick Dyer-Witheford wins The Gertrude J. Robinson book prize

Professor Nick Dyer-Witheford and colleague and co-author Professor Svitlana Matviyenko, have won the Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize for his 2019 monograph titled, Cyberwar and Revolution: Digital Subterfuge in Global Capitalism.

Cover art for Cyberwar and RevolutionFrom the publisher (University of Minnesota Press): "Uncovering the class conflicts, geopolitical dynamics, and aggressive capitalism propelling the militarization of the internet.

Cyberwar and Revolution argues that digital warfare is not a bug in the logic of global capitalism but rather a feature of its chaotic, disorderly unconscious. Urgently confronting the concept of cyberwar through the lens of both Marxist critical theory and psychoanalysis, Nick Dyer-Witheford and Svitlana Matviyenko provide a wide-ranging examination of the class conflicts and geopolitical dynamics propelling war across digital networks." (Source)

This is the second time that Professor Dyer-Witheford has been awarded this prestigious prize, having also won for his 2016 book, Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex.

Sandra Smeltzer, Assistant Dean, Research in FIMS, has previously sat on the CCA committee responsible for selecting a winner. She notes that winning the award once - and in his case - twice, is indicative of the quality of Dyer-Witheford's research.

"The Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize is highly competitive and represents the best of the best in our field," says Professor Smeltzer. "Adjudication of this award is rigorous and winning is a significant honour. Nick and Svitlana deserve this recognition."

View more about the Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize on the Canadian Communication Association website.