Taylor Genovese

Grad Research Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
Future of Innovation in Sciety


Taylor R. Genovese draws on his background in sociocultural anthropology and political theory as a doctoral student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (HSD) program at Arizona State University, where he pursues his interest in the social imaginaries of human futures on Earth and in outer space. He does so by pulling from the intellectual and applied traditions of abolition democracy, new materialisms, critical secular studies, relational ethics, performance studies, multimodality, Marxism, and anarchism.

His dissertation work focuses on producing a genealogy of futurist discourse surrounding human immortality and space travel. He is tracing the legacy of these ideas from the Proletkult movement as well as the Russian Cosmists, an esoteric political-spiritual-artistic group operating in the decades surrounding the Russian Revolution. He is interested in the ways in which utopian ideas rooted in human solidarity get transmuted into the egocentric dreams of the wealthy through declensionist narratives.

Genovese is active in a number of graduate research organizations and dissemination platforms. He is a founding member of the radical academic collective The Young Schpengelheimers. He is also a co-founder and contributor for Footnotes, an anthropology group blog for the multimodal, anticolonial, and iconoclastic. He assists editing the Medium publication Space + Anthropology, an online journal presenting research at the intersections of technology, culture, (outer) space, anthropology, science fiction, and art.

In addition to his academic interests, he enjoys digital and analogue photography, participating in Spanish Civil War living history, and watching dust accumulate on his vinyl record collection.


M.A. Sociocultural Anthropology, Northern Arizona University

B.A. Anthropology, University of Arizona

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Research Interests

anthropology of outer space; political theory; human futures; neoliberalism; decolonization; social imaginaries; utopia; Russian Cosmism; Proletkult; extraterrestrial analogs; social movements; multimodality; U.S.; former Soviet Union; Space.

Research Group

Future H2O

Interplanetary Initiative


Peer-Reviewed Articles

In Press. Going Gonzo: Toward a Performative Practice in Multimodal Ethnography. entanglements.

2018. "Death is a Disease": Cryopreservation, Neoliberalism, and Temporal Commodification in the U.S. Technology in Society 54: 52–56. doi: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2018.03.002.

2016. Decolonizing archival methodology: Combating hegemony and moving towards a collaborative archival environment. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 12 (1): 32–42. doi: 10.20507/AlterNative.2016.12.1.3

Book Reviews

2018. Picturing the Cosmos: A Visual History of Early Soviet Space Endeavor by Iina Kohonen. LSE Review of Books. 9 February.

2017. Review of “Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds” by Lisa Messeri. LSE Review of Books. 10 March.

2016. Review of “Kropotkin and the Anarchist Intellectual Tradition” by Jim MacLaughlin. LSE Review of Books. 28 September.

2016. Review of “The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe” by Kristen Ghodsee. Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale 24 (2): 257–258. doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12244

Non-Refereed Articles

2019. How the egalitarian dreams that fueled the quest for ’young blood’ treatments got perverted. The Washington Post. 27 March.

2017. On Scarves, Serpents, and Solidarity. (in Anthropology Matters! in Brief) Anthropology News. 15 December. doi: 10.1111/AN.724

(co-authored with Martin Pfeiffer) 2017. "To Peace, Because the Awful Alternative is the End of All Life": Build Bomb—Explore Space(s)—Save World! anthro{dendum} (formally Savage Minds). 16 & 20 July.

2017. Shitting in Space: Engagements with Cosmic Taboo. anthro{dendum} (formally Savage Minds). 13 July.

2017. Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight. anthro{dendum} (formally Savage Minds). 2 & 6 July.

2016. “Fear and Loathing in Truth or Consequences: Neoliberalism, Colonialism and the Lineage of the Frontier at Spaceport America.” Space + Anthropology. 2 September.

2016. “Orbiting the Imaginary.” Peeps Magazine 1 (2): 134–139.

2016. “Honey I Shrunk The Space Settlement! Dunbar’s Number & Radical Politics in Space.” Astrosociological Insights 5 (1): 19–22.

2015. “Marking territory in the infinite: Speculating on the implications of flags in space.” Peeps Forum. 1 June.

2015. “Aliens on the Internet: Anthropology of the imagination in online speculative fiction.” Space + Anthropology. 13 April.

2015. “Room To Dream: Space & the American Southwest.” Space + Anthropology. 24 March.

Media & Films

2018. The decadence and depravity of Biosphere 2. Footnotes. 30 May.

2017. "The New Right Stuff" Photo essay complimenting MA thesis.

(Director) 2015. “Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: A Tour of the Carbon-14 Dating Process.” In Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome: An Introduction, by David Soren and Archer Martin. Baltimore, MD: Midnight Marquee Press.

(Director of Photography) 2014. “Growing Together: Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm.” Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology.

(Director of Photography/Editor) 2013. “Pima County Public Library: Welcome to the Library.” Available in six languages: Arabic, Maay-Maay, Nepalese, Somali-Bantu, Spanish & English. Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology.


2018. Destabilizing Power and Asserting Praxis in Post-HAU Anthropology. 117th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting late-breaking roundtable. November. San Jose, CA.

2018. In the Shadow of Despots: Extremism, Zealotry, and Abolitionist Anthropology. 117th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 15 November. San Jose, CA.

2017. (Chair). Realists of a Larger Reality: Anthropological Intersections with Science Fiction. 116th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 2 December. Washington, D.C.

2017. Fear and Loathing in Truth or Consequences: Neoliberalism, Colonialism and the Lineage of the Frontier at Spaceport America. 116th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 30 November. Washington, D.C.

2017. Cosmic Colonialism: Imperial Imaginaries at Spaceport America. Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference. 28 March. Santa Fe, NM.

2016.Radical Imaginaries of Outer Space: Resisting Extra-Planetary Neoliberalism and Cosmic Primitive Accumulation. 115th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 20 November. Minneapolis, MN.

2015. Decolonizing Archival Methodology: Combating Hegemony & Moving Towards A Collaborative Archival Environment 114th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. 19 November. Denver, CO.

2014. Comparisons in Film Production between Commercial Endeavors and Applied Visual Ethnography Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference. 18 March. Albuquerque, NM.

2013. Reaching into the Community: Using Multimedia to Break Down Barriers. Arizona Library Association Annual Conference. 22 November. Phoenix, AZ.