University of Warwick Institute of Advanced Study visiting fellowships

University of Warwick Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) visiting fellowships

The IAS Visiting Fellowship scheme offers an excellent opportunity for international scholars to engage with the University of Warwick. Open to highly distinguished researchers (including policy makers, representatives of the arts, business, government or industry) from around the globe, applicants are invited to collaborate with Warwick academics through this residential Visiting Fellowship programme.

Collaborations that address one or more of Warwick’s Global Research Priorities (GRP) are strongly encouraged. Details of the GRPs are available here.

Application Deadline: Monday 8 December 2014

Programme Specifications and Application Form   tel. 024 761 50565

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The Guardian reviews two books on Ebola

The Guardian reviews two books on Ebola – neither of which is really new. Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone is twenty years old, and has no updating; David Quammen’s  Ebola: the Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus is a repackaged version of parts of his book Spillover. I’ve read both these books and the review is spot on.

See also my regularly updated reading list on Ebola.

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’11 new #HEwords for academics that should be in the dictionary’ from The Times Higher

The Times Higher has ’11 new #HEwords for academics that should be in the dictionary’. Spinpact, Thesaurophile and Fabstract included… Some work best in a UK context, but many are likely to make sense to anyone in academia.

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Khalili on Cowen’s Deadly Life of Logistics


Deb Cowen’s excellent Deadly Life of Logistics reviewed at the Society and Space open site.

Originally posted on Society and Space - Environment and Planning D:

image_miniLaleh Khalili reviews Deb Cowen’s new book The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade (University of Minnesota Press, 2014).

Deborah Cowen’s The Deadly Life of Logistics is the first of its kind: an original, imaginative, and critical theorisation of the centrality of violence to the modern logistics business. The book beautifully illuminates the conjuncture between capital accumulation and practices of security and securitisation on a global scale, zooming down to specific places and moments to better illustrate the inner workings of this conjuncture. Continue reading Laleh’s review here.

See also Phil Steinberg’s review of Allan Sekula and Noël Burch’s film The Forgotten Space.

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Timothy Raeymakers – ‘What is a border?’ at Liminal Geographies

Timothy Raeymakers asks ‘What is a border?’ at Liminal Geographies. Here’s the first paragraph and first image:

What is a border? This question formed the backbone of a talk I was invited to give on ‘Borders & Conflicts in an Age of Globalisation’ – co-organized by CICAM and the Border Research Unit at the University of Nijmegen late 2013. The talk involved references to all kinds of border places, which were, in some ways or another, tangled up in border wars. Using case studies from an edited volume I just published with my colleague Benedikt Korf on the topic, I tried to explain what I mean with that notion – of border conflict – and how one could start distinguishing between different scales of engagement – of state and border, international and local agencies and institutions.

border violence

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Books received – Derrida/Roudinesco, Nichols, Brennan, Neocleous, Shell, Society and Space

photoIn all that packaging were four books from Stanford University Press in recompense for review work – Derrida/Roudinesco, For What Tomorrow… ; Timothy Brennan, Borrowed Light: Vico, Hegel and the Colonies; Robert Nichols, The World of Freedom: Heidegger, Foucault, and the Politics of Historical Ontology; and Marc Shell, Islandology: Geography, Rhetoric, Politics. Mark Neocleous generously sent me a copy of his latest book – War Power, Police Power, and the new issue of Society and Space also arrived today.

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Is this much packaging really necessary?

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Only four books in all this packaging…

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