Dynamic Territories – my reflection on the Ice Law project website

s-eldenThe participants at the recent Ice Law workshop at IBRU: Durham’s Centre for Borders Research were asked to write short reflective pieces on the event and their take on its debates. A number of the reflections have been posted on their site – mine is available here. Entitled ‘Dynamic Territories’ it draws on my previous work on territory conceptually and politically, links it to my recent work on ‘volume’, and relates it to planned work on geo-politics and terrain. You can read a bit more about my thoughts on the event here, which includes a link to the audio recording of my comments.

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Reading guides to Lefebvre and Sloterdijk in English updated

I’ve made some minor updates to my reading guides:

Where to start with reading Henri Lefebvre?

Lefebvre books

Where to start with reading Peter Sloterdijk?

Sloterdijk books

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Seminar with Eduardo Mendieta, Birkbeck 11 – 12 September 2014

Eduardo-Mendieta-600x431Critical Legal Thinking has details of a two-day seminar with Eduardo Mendieta in September. He will be talking on ‘Decolonizing Epistemologies’ and then involved in two seminars, on the work of Cornel West and on Post-human rights.

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Adam Kotsko, Agamben translator, on ‘The experience of translating’

Adam Kotsko, one of the key recent Agamben translators, reflects on ‘The experience of translating‘. I particularly appreciated the work of filling in the references and notes to texts in English. Here’s the first paragraph – well-worth a read, and the comments have some interesting discussion of style:

Seamus Heaney once said that the best part about translating is that you get to finish something you didn’t have to start. It’s a strange feeling, though, finishing up something for someone else — and not only that, finishing something that is always necessarily secondary and supplemental to that work by someone else. It is supplemental in the full Derridean sense, insofar as a mistranslation can become a “dangerous supplement” whose incorrect rendering replaces and obliterates the author’s original meaning.


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Virtual issue – Class, Politics, and Representation


Antipode virtual theme issue linked to their lecture at next week’s RGS-IBG conference.

Originally posted on AntipodeFoundation.org:

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On Wednesday 27th August, Queen Mary University of London’s Gareth Stedman Jones and Jane Wills will discuss their work on class, politics and representation in London from the 19th to 21st century, exploring the similarities and differences between now and then. The 2014 Antipode RGS-IBG Lecture will take place between 16:50 and 18:30 (session 4) in the Ondaatje Theatre; it will be followed by a drinks reception sponsored by our publisher, Wiley.

Outcast_LondonA Professor of the History of Ideas, Gareth’s recently re-published Outcast London: A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society examines representations of the city produced by politicians, religious leaders, novelists and social investigators looking at the uncertainty and volatility of working class lives subject to the vagaries of the world economy, and explores their relation to charitable institutions and the nascent welfare state.

global_citiesA Professor of Human Geography, Jane’s research on labour politics, in-work poverty…

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# THE FUNAMBULIST PAMPHLETS /// Volume 10: Literature Is Now Published


Another volume of the excellent Funambulist papers – collecting materials from the blog – has been published by Punctum books.

Originally posted on The Funambulist:

The tenth volume of The Funambulist Pamphlets that gathers and edits past articles of the blog about literature is now officially published by Punctum Books in collaboration with the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons The New School. You can either download the book as a PDF for free or order it online for the price of $7.00 or €6.00. Next volume to be published will be dedicated to cinema. Click here to see the other volumes of The Funambulist Pamphlets.

Thank you to Eileen Joy, Anna Kłosowska, Ed Keller, Sophia Krimizi, Carla Leitão, Martin Byrne, Lucy Finchett-Maddock, Ethel Baraona Pohl, and Cesar Reyes.

Official page of The Funambulist Pamphlets Volume 10: LITERATURE on Punctum Books’ website.

Index of the Book

Introduction: Architectural Narratives
01/ By Revealing the Existence of Other Worlds, the Book is a Subversive Artifact
02/ Jack Kerouac: The Rooms, the Dioramas, the Maps by Sofia Krimizi
03/ Fernando Pessoa:…

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Israel-Palestine virtual theme issue


An excellent virtual theme issue of papers from the Society and Space archive, open access until November, compiled by Natalie Oswin.

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

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More than 1900 Palestinians and 66 Israelis have been killed since Israel launched ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in July 2014. Among the Palestinian dead are more than 1400 civilians. All but two of the Israeli dead are soldiers (the names of those killed as of August are published here, though many Palestinian dead remain unidentified). These figures attest to the constitutive destruction of a people and territory, of everything that makes life “liveable” in Judith Butler’s terms. Mosques, schools, residences, hospitals and clinics have been attacked with horrific force, and the UN estimates that the damage that has been done to Gaza’s infrastructure is more severe than the destruction caused by either of the last two Gaza wars (see the New York Times’ interactive maps that depict this devastation). Further, hundreds of thousands of persons have been internally displaced as the width of the ‘no-go zone’ bordering the Gaza strip…

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