Dr. Siddiqi is working on four book projects:
He is finishing a book, provisionally entitled Carceral Science, under contract with Oxford University Press. This book combines two separate histories into one: the history of the Stalinist Gulag, and the history of Soviet science and technology. The book, as such, is about knowledge and technologies produced for and by the Gulag. At a fundamental level, the book offers a re-reading of the history of one of the largest carceral camp systems of the twentieth century—the Stalinist Gulag—as a history of science and technology,
He is also writing a second book, provisionally entitled Departure Gates: A Postcolonial History of Space Infrastructures, under contract with MIT Press. This book is an attempt to wrest the history of space exploration from its normative fetishization of Western triumphalism in the form of machines, men, and manifest destiny. Instead, the book highlights the considerable infrastructure built in the Global South during the Cold War to support space exploration, and in doing so, proposes an alternative, postcolonial, and global history of spaceflight, one that happened not in space, but on Earth. It argues that space activities during the Cold War, typically associated with high-minded utopian impulses or bipolar superpower competition, simultaneously engendered conditions redolent of colonial modes of exploitation, displacement, and erasure. These practices were reproduced globally in fluid networks through exchanges of experts, technologies, and knowledge.
He is also under contract to write a fully revised version of his first book on the history of the Soviet space program, which covers everything from its beginnings in occupied Germany in 1945 to the collapse of its Moon program thirty years later. Provisionally titled The Soviet Union and the Space Race, the book will be published in two volumes by the University of Nebraska Press.
He is also editor of a forthcoming volume of essays entitled One-Track Mind: Capitalism, Technology, and the Art of the Pop Song that is under contract with Routledge Press for publication in their Studies in Popular Music series. With contributions from Simon Reynolds, Oliver Wang, Gina Arnold, and many others, the book convenes a diverse gathering of scholars and journalists to write in-depth essays about a single song as a way to explore the history of popular culture in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.