The 2015 Antipode RGS-IBG Lecture – “Offshore Humanism” by Paul Gilroy


Paul Gilroy to give the Antipode lecture at this week’s RGS-IBG conference.

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On Wednesday 2 September Prof. Paul Gilroy (Department of English, King’s College London) will be presenting the 2015 Antipode RGS-IBG Lecture, “Offshore Humanism”.

After EmpireThe lecture will interrogate the contemporary attractions of post-humanism and ask questions about what a “reparative humanism” might alternatively entail. Prof. Gilroy will use a brief engagement with the conference theme — “geographies of the Anthropocene” — to frame his remarks and try to explain why antiracist politics and ethics not only require consideration of nature and time but also promote a timely obligation to roam into humanism’s forbidden zones.

The lecture will take place in the University of Exeter Forum’s Alumni Auditorium in Session 4 (from 16:50 to 18:30), and be followed by a drinks reception sponsored by the journal’s publisher Wiley.

Darker than BlueOur speaker is Professor of American and English Literature at King’s College London, having previously been Giddens Professor of Social Theory at the London School of Economics (2005-2012), Charlotte…

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7 critical theory books that came out in August from – Critchley, Thacker, Alcoff, Krell, et. al.

august-2015-critical-theory-books-672x3727 critical theory books that came out in August from

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10 Steps to PhD Success – a response to the THE post on ‘failure’

10 Steps to PhD Success – a response to the THE post on ‘failure’ by Fiona Whelan. Thanks to Jeffrey Jerome Cohen for the link to this

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Top posts on Progressive Geographies this week

A quiet week on the blog – I was in Paris most of the week doing work in the BNF (see no 4 below), which doesn’t have internet in the manuscripts room, so no distractions…

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Geopoliticus Child: Drone Workshop in Neuchatel


A report on the recent drones conference in Neuchâtel.

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I’m on my way back from a fantastic if sweltering conference hosted by Francisco Klauser and Silvano Pedrozo in Neuchatel, yards from the beautiful Lake Geneva. The workshop was titled ‘Power and Space in the Drone Age’ and opened to a wonderful start with a keynote from Jeremy Crampton on drone assemblages, algorithmic lives, and their economies. I really enjoyed talks from a session I chaired on the making of the drone by Anna Jackman (Exeter, UK) who gave some fascinating insights into drone trade shows, and Ciara Bracken-Roche (Queens, Ontario) on the relationship between the drone industry in Canada, which is highly involved in the formation of new regulation, and the wider public perception of the drone. Other talks included keynotes from Ian Shaw, Ole Jensen and papers from Silvano Pedrozo, Synne Tolerud Bull, Irendra Radjavali and Neil Waghorn. As I left Kyle Grayson was starting to discuss…

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Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis reviewed


Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis, edited by Gerry Kearns, David Meredith and John Morrissey, reviewed at the Society and Space open site.

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9781908996367Denis Linehan reviewsSpatial Justice and the Irish Crisis, a volume edited by Gerry Kearns, David Meredith and John Morrissey and published by the Royal Irish Academy in 2014.

Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis is an important collection of geographical essays which provides a coherent and sustained critique of the 2008 crisis and its impacts on Ireland. Building on research projects by its main contributors, the volume aims at identifying the injustices found in the underlying spatial structure of Irish social life. The collection also opens a debate on the application and use of the phrase ‘spatial justice’, offering throughout reflections on its merits, potential and applications. Continue reading Denis’ review here.

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“Future Fossils” Exhibition by Beth Greenhough, Jamie Lorimer and Kathryn Yusoff


A Society and Space open site forum on the notion of ‘Future Fossils’.

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(Image: Helen Prichard and Kathryn Yusoff 2014) (Image: Helen Pritchard and Kathryn Yusoff 2014)

Future Fossils? Specimens from the 5th millennium ‘Return to Earth’ expedition

One of the key challenges posed by the Anthropocene concept is that it forces us to engage with both an entangled present and its uncertain futures. While seemingly anthropocentric (in its claim that the influence of humanity is all pervasive), the idea of an Anthropocene highlights how the non-human and inhuman world is firmly embedded within and through us. How will future generations of lively entities differentiate between human and other species, their forms of knowledge-making, space-marking and relations to broader geomorphological, biological, socio-economic processes?

The Anthropocene provides a provocation to think life differently and to make prominent the geo-politics of an epochal event, whose present and future telling offers opportunities for alternative ways of writing the Earth.

So, imagine it is the year 5000AD. A group of future earth-writers convene an…

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A copy of Michel Foucault’s Folie et déraison: Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique

HFIt’s fairly well known that there are various editions of Foucault’s first major work – Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique.

There is the original 1961 edition: Folie et déraison: Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique, published by Plon and based on his thesis.

An abridged edition was published in the Union générale d’éditions 10/18 series in 1964 as Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique. This was later translated into English, along with an additional chapter of the original, as Madness and Civilisation: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason.

In 1972, Foucault reissued almost the full book, with Gallimard. The original preface was missing, a new one was in its place, and there were two appendices – ‘Mon corps, ce papier, ce feu’ and ‘La folie, l’absence d’œuvre’. That was the version translated as History of Madness in 2006, which also includes the original preface.

inside coverIn 1976, the 1972 version (i.e. with the new preface and without the original one) but without the appendices was reissued in Gallimard’s cheaper Tel series. This is the version that is still in print today. The 1961 preface and the 1972 appendices all appear in Dits et écrits. The book will be included in the forthcoming Oeuvres in the Pléiade series, which is supposed to be a critical edition, so I’d assume both prefaces at least will be in there.

What I hadn’t realised is that the 1961 edition was reprinted by Plon in 1964 – possibly also in other years. And it’s a copy of that 1964 reprint that I found for a reasonable price from a Parisian bookstore. Copies of the 1961 original are very expensive – hundreds of pounds or more, depending on condition.

The copy I bought is in almost perfect condition. The pages are still uncut, and it’s in a plastic wrapper so the cover is well-preserved. It’s not a first edition of course, but it is a reprint of the first edition. I had copies of all the other above editions – 1964 10/18 abridgement, the 1972, the 1976 and both translations – before, so this was a nice discovery.

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The revised order of Agamben’s Homo Sacer series

Adam Kotsko has the details here. Now complete in Italian, and nearly in English:

1. Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life

2.1. State of Exception
2.2. Stasis: Civil War as a Political Paradigm
2.3. The Sacrament of Language: An Archeology of the Oath
2.4. The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and Glory
2.5. Opus Dei: An Archeology of Duty

3. Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive

4.1. The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life
4.2. The Use of Bodies

This replaces the order Nicholas Dahmann put into visual form for this blog.

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The Sociological Imagination – 40 reasons why you should blog about your research

40 reasons why you should blog about your research at The Sociological Imagination

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