A wet world: rethinking place, territory and time – Kimberley Peters and Philip Steinberg


A stunning photo essay by Philip Steinberg and Kimberley Peters, first presented at the AAG in Chicago, to accompany their recent Society and Space paper – the paper itself is open access for one month.

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The following photo essay is a supplement to Philip Steinberg and Kimberley Peters’ ‘Wet ontologies, fluid spaces: giving depth to volume through oceanic thinking’, that appears in issue 2 of the 2015 volume of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Here, Steinberg and Peters interweave extracts from the paper with autoethnographic reflections on the seas in their lives. The paper will be open access until May 27, 2015.

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How does our perspective change when we think not only from the sea, but with the sea?

Over the past two decades, the sea has slowly crept into human geography. Together with colleagues in the emergent field of critical ocean geography, we have been making the argument, time and again, that geography has historically been a land-locked and terra-centric project. Geography is ‘earth-writing’, and earthliness has been taken very literally in shaping the spaces in which geographical study…

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Towards a Comprehensive Michel Serres primary bibliography (3): archival material


Part 3 of the Michel Serres bibliography.

Originally posted on Christopher Watkin:

Here is the latest instalment of the comprehensive Michel Serres primary bibliography: archival material. Archival material about but not written by Michel Serres is not included in this list, which gives a tantalizing glimpse into Serres’ early thought and intellectual formation.

Serres, Michel. (Undated). “Essai sur le concept épistémologique d’interférence”. Thèse complémentaire présentée à la Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de Paris-Sorbonne. 217 pages. Archives et manuscrits conservés à l’École normale supérieure: Fonds Hyppolite.  http://www.calames.abes.fr/pub/ms/Calames-20131241612190693

—.  (Undated). “1 lettre de Michel Serres envoyée à Robert Flacelière”. feuillet. 135 x 210 mm. Sur papier à en-tête Université de Clermont, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Institut de Philosophie. Archives et manuscrits conservés à l’École normale supérieure : Fonds Hyppolite. http://www.calames.abes.fr/pub/ms/Calames-20131119111157328292

—.  (Undated). “1 lettre de Michel Serres envoyée à Marguerite Hyppolite”. 1 feuillet. 210 x 270 mm. Archives et manuscrits conservés à l’École normale supérieure : Fonds Hyppolite. http://www.calames.abes.fr/pub/ms/Calames-2013112616115165623

—.  (Undated). “Michel Serres, 1 lettre”…

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Foucault’s Théories et institutions pénales – forthcoming in May 2015

Foucault’s 1971-72 course at the Collège de France, Théories et institutions pénales, is forthcoming in May 2015. This is the last of the courses to be published, though I understand some courses from elsewhere may appear in the future. The publication has slipped a few days from previous announcements. The EHESS page now has more details, including this description.


« Ce qui caractérise l’acte de justice, ce n’est pas le recours à un tribunal et à des juges ; ce n’est pas l’intervention des magistrats (même s’ils devaient être de simples médiateurs ou arbitres). Ce qui caractérise l’acte juridique, le processus ou la procédure au sens large, c’est le développement réglé d’un litige. Et dans ce développement, l’intervention des juges, leur avis ou leur décision n’est jamais qu’un épisode. C’est la manière dont on s’affronte, la manière dont on lutte qui définit
l’ordre juridique. La règle et la lutte, la règle dans la lutte, c’est cela le juridique. »
Michel Foucault

Théories et Institutions pénales est le titre donné par Michel Foucault au cours qu’il prononce au Collège de France de novembre 1971 à mars 1972. Dans ces leçons, Michel Foucault théorise, pour la première fois, la question du pouvoir qui va l’occuper jusqu’à la rédaction de Surveiller et punir (1975) et au-delà, d’abord à travers la relation minutieuse de la répression par Richelieu de la révolte des Nu-pieds (1639-1640), puis en montrant comment le dispositif de pouvoir élaboré à cette occasion par la monarchie rompt avec l’économie des institutions juridiques et judiciaires du Moyen Âge et ouvre sur un « appareil judiciaire d’État », un « système répressif » dont la fonction va se centrer sur l’enfermement de ceux qui défient son ordre. Michel Foucault systématise l’approche d’une histoire de la vérité à partir de l’étude des « matrices juridico-politiques », étude qu’il avait commencée dans le cours de l’année précédente (Leçons sur la volonté de savoir), et qui est au coeur de la notion de « relation de savoir-pouvoir ». Ce cours développe sa théorie de la justice et du droit pénal. La parution de ce volume marque la fin de la publication de la série des Cours de Michel Foucault au Collège de France (dont le premier volume a été publié en 1997).

An English translation will be forthcoming in a couple of years. I’ll be speaking on this course in Nottingham in September, and it will be fundamental to my forthcoming book Foucault: The Birth of Power. Thanks to Marcelo Hoffman for the link.

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AAG 2015 Chicago recap and talks I saw


Jeremy Crampton’s thoughts on the AAG conference with some links to and discussion of papers he gave or saw.

Originally posted on Open Geography:


I talked about some of the sights I saw during last week’s AAG conference in Chicago in an earlier post but here I just want to mention some of the fantastic talks I attended. Quality was very high this year, and not without some controversy.

There were plenty of choices–I’ve heard there were 97 concurrent sessions. So 97 people giving papers at any one time! This is clearly ridiculous. The conference is 5 days long, papers start at 8am and go past 7pm every day. There’s also a full day of papers on the last Saturday, which everybody also complains about (it’s the day most people do their sightseeing, so sessions are lightly attended). An obvious solution to that problem is to have the conference M-F instead of T-Sat.

As for the number of sessions this is a result of the AAG policy of accepting every paper. While on…

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A map of Paris superimposed on London

A map of Paris superimposed on London, showing how small official Paris actually is… but then going on to show the proposed Metropole du Grand Paris, which will cover the whole urban region and is huge – the article has a good map of this too. Thanks to Sebastian Budgen for the link.


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Foucault against Himself (2015)


The contributors are good, and give some hope this will be a worthwhile collection, despite the dreadful title.

Originally posted on Foucault News:

FoucaultAgainstHimselfFoucault against Himself
By (author) Francois Caillat
Translated by David Homel

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A thought-provoking collection of essays on Michel Foucault that reframes his legacy.

In his private life, as well as in his work and political attitudes, Michel Foucault often stood in contradiction to himself, especially when his expansive ideas collided with the institutions in which he worked. In Francois Caillat’s provocative collection of essays and interviews based on his French documentary of the same name, leading contemporary critics and philosophers reframe Foucault’s legacy in an effort to build new ways of thinking about his struggle against society’s mechanisms of domination, demonstrating how conflict within the self lies at the heart of Foucault’s life and work.

Includes a foreword written especially for this edition by Paul…

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Lauren Berlant’s Society and Space lecture at the #AAG2015 – forthcoming in the journal


A brief note on Lauren Berlant’s lecture at the AAG, forthcoming in Society and Space.

Originally posted on Society and space:

BerlantLaurent Berlant gave the Society and Space lecture at the Association of American Geographers meeting in Chicago on Friday 24 April 2015.  Entitled ‘Sensing the Commons’, it ranged from affect to political theory, infrastructure to austerity. There was a large audience for the dense, nuanced, and fascinating lecture, and some discussion time afterwards for questions and challenges. The lecture will appear in a future issue of the journal. Many thanks to Lauren for the wonderful event, and for all of you who came out to engage with feminist and queer thought and to support the journal. Crowd

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#AAG2015 in Chicago – a few final thoughts

ChicagoVery enjoyable conference in Chicago over the last several days. I’ve said a bit about the two sessions I spoke in – on Ebola and terrain – before. It was a good conference, with some excellent papers.

A particular highlight was Lauren Berlant giving the Society and Space lecture. The room was huge, but there was a very good turnout and some excellent questions – though the AAG really ought to provide roving mikes as a matter of course for such large spaces. I’m stepping down as editor of the journal this summer, after almost nine years in the role, and Deborah Cowen gave a brief announcement of this before the lecture.

Elvin Wyly and Jamie Peck also gave excellent journal lectures, for Urban Studies and Economic Geography. There was an excellent session on the idea of ‘No Man’s Land’ convened by Alasdair Pinkerton and Noam Leshom which included papers by Claudio Minca and Derek Gregory; and two fascinating sessions on ‘Territory beyond Terra’ convened by Kimberley Peters, Elaine Stratford and Philip Steinberg. I enjoyed the ‘author meets critics’ session on Deborah Cowen’s The Deadly Life of Logistics, and the packed session on David Harvey’s Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism.

I also met up with several friends, publishers and colleagues. Jeremy Crampton and I recorded a podcast on the collection we edited almost a decade ago – Space, Knowledge and Power: Foucault and Geography which should be on the Ashgate site soon. I met with a few excellent graduate students who wanted to get some advice – always good to hear what new work is in progress. My own PhD student Antonio Ferrez de Oliveira gave a well received talk on ‘temporary autonomous zones’.

The nature of such events is that you inevitably miss more good stuff than you see, due to session clashes, meetings and just general fatigue – these windowless rooms are not great environments. So I was especially sorry to miss the author meets critics session on Ben Anderson’s Encountering Affect, Mat Coleman’s Political Geography lecture, and Marijn Nieuwenhuis’s sessions on air. I did get out of the conference venue to spend a couple of hours at the Art Institute, which was superb.

I’m now on my way to New York for several weeks. The next AAG conference is in San Francisco, March 29-April 2 2016.

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Dirty Dancing online


Derek Gregory’s recent lecture at the Balsillie School is available online.

Originally posted on geographical imaginations:

I had a wonderful time at the Balsillie School at Waterloo last week – good company, constructive conversations and endless hospitality – and I’m truly grateful to Simon Dalby, Jasmin Habib and all the graduate students who made my visit so enjoyable.  I finished by giving one of the Centre for Global Governance Innovation (CIGI)’s Signature Lectures.

This was the latest (and near-final) version of “Dirty dancing: drones and death in the borderlands”.   The argument has developed considerably since my first presentations; I’ll upload the written version once it’s finished, but CIGI has posted the lecture and Q&A online here.  I’ve also embedded the YouTube version below, but if that doesn’t work try here.

My thanks to the AV technicians who made this possible: their help with the production followed by their assured and rapid-fire editing beats anything I’ve encountered anywhere.

In this version, I…

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