‘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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Tips for finishing a PhD from The Guardian

These tips from The Guardian are good, and many apply to writing books too.

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Neoliberalism and/as Terror: Critical Studies on Terrorism Annual Conference 2014

Neoliberalism and/as Terror: Critical Studies on Terrorism Annual Conference, Nottingham, 15-16 September 2014. Keynotes from Richard Jackson and Mark Neocleous. Full details here.

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‘Hellenistic Ethics from Nietzsche to Foucault’ – Warwick, 25-27 September 2014


Prospects for an Ethics of Self-Cultivation: Hellenistic Ethics from Nietzsche to Foucault, University of Warwick, 25-27 September 2014 – full details here

Philosophical interest in the ethical ideal of self-cultivation has increased in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as philosophers have sought alternatives to deontological and utilitarian theories. This interest has been most evident in the widespread revival of virtue ethics, although contemporary virtue ethicists tend to focus on Aristotle’s account of character formation. Philosophers in the modern European tradition, however, have been influenced by other views on self-cultivation from the Hellenistic period. Nietzsche’s account of self-cultivation, for instance, is closer to Epicurus’s than Aristotle’s, while Foucault draws extensively on Stoicism and Cynicism for his account. The insights of these thinkers suggest that we may deepen and expand our understanding of self-cultivation by reassessing the merits of the Hellenistic tradition.

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Feeling the Anthropocene: Air, Rock, Flesh – Edinburgh, 28 Nov 2014

Feeling the Anthropocene: Air, Rock, Flesh

Symposium: University of Edinburgh

11:00-17:00 Friday 28 November 2014

Not only has the Earth become sensitive to the activities of humans, or rather certain strata of humanity, but increasingly, ways of life­—human and more-than-human alike—under late capitalism have become increasingly sensitive to Earth forces.

How do we sense the Anthropocene? What might a politics that feels the Earth look like? What does it mean that the Earth feels us? The symposium will examine such questions—and others—through three elements that tie life together: air, rock, and flesh.




Bronislaw Szerszynski  |  Lancaster University | Life in the open air


Ilana Halperin | Artist  | “Learning to read rocks”


Jamie Lorimer  | Oxford University |“Probiotic political ecologies and the futures of life


Further details here.

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