– eight books that came out in August

critical-theory-books-august-2014-672x372Some interesting looking books here

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Warwick Graduate Conference in Political Geography – call for papers

tumblr_nb0rcfsHQZ1tkco2xo1_1280.pngPlease consider submitting a paper for the next Warwick Graduate Conference in Political Geography, held at the University of Warwick on 27-28 November, 2014.

Full details here – keynote from Alex Jeffrey (University of Cambridge)

Three travel grants of up to £250 each for non-UK attendees are available by Warwick’s politics department. All potential participants should submit a title, abstract (of no more than 300 words), and evidence of institutional affiliation by 25 October, 2014 to the organisers: Antonio Ferraz de Oliveira and Mara Duer (

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Harvey’s Seventeen Contradictions reviewed


David Harvey’s Seventeen Contradictions reviewed at the Society and Space open site.

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

harvey-seventeen-contradictionsDavid Harvey’s new book Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism is reviewed by Ståle Holgersen from Linnaeus University, Sweden. The book was published by Profile Books earlier this year.

An interview with the author and other related videos are available here.

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Top ten posts on Progressive Geographies this week

  1. Tips for finishing a PhD from The Guardian
  2. Where to start with reading Henri Lefebvre?
  3. Where to start with reading Peter Sloterdijk?
  4. Foucault’s Collaborative Projects
  5. ‘Hellenistic Ethics from Nietzsche to Foucault’ – Warwick, 25-27 September 2014
  6. The Birth of Territory – author meets critics session
  7. Laleh Khalili – A Habit of Destruction
  8. Neoliberalism and/as Terror: Critical Studies on Terrorism Annual Conference 2014
  9. Foucault’s Last Decade – Update 12
  10. Further details of Harvard events on Baghdad and Lefebvre now available
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‘The Geopolitics of Boko Haram and Nigeria’s War on Terror’ – forthcoming in The Geographical Journal

coverMy paper “The Geopolitics of Boko Haram and Nigeria’s ‘War on Terror'” is now forthcoming in The Geographical Journal. Many thanks to the editor Klaus Dodds for encouraging its submission and overseeing the referee process. Two helpful referee reports improved the paper considerably.

While undertaking the research that went into this article I produced an annotated bibliography of writings on Boko Haram, which can be found here.

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Foucault’s Collaborative Projects – a bibliography with notes

Collaborative projects

Some of Foucault’s collaborative projects are well-known – the I, Pierre Rivière collection; the Herculine Barbin memoir; Le désordre des familles with Arlette Farge; and the posthumous Technologies of the Self volume from the seminar at the University of Vermont.

On a dedicated page on this site I have listed the bibliographic details of other collaborative projects Foucault was involved with – either as contributor, research team leader or enabler. Comments, corrections or additions welcome.

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The Birth of Territory – author meets critics session

Just finished, and survived, the ‘author meets critics’ session on The Birth of Territory at the Royal Geographical Society annual conference. Some very thoughtful and generous engagements and critiques from Stephen Legg, Briony McDonagh, Michael Heffernan, and James Sidaway. Saskia Sassen unfortunately was not able to be there. I tried to address their comments and some very good questions from the floor in my responses, though much more could be said.

Lots to think about – for the moment I’m grateful it happened and pleased it is over. Thanks to Steve for organising, the co-panelists for their reading and engagement, and the great audience turnout – the room was packed.

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