From Geo-metrics to Geo-politics – Waterloo to Zurich

I’ll be giving a version of the talk I recently gave at the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Zurich tomorrow. (I note that William Walters, who I met for the first time at the Balsillie School, is giving a lecture there later in the term.) The Balsillie talk was for a workshop on ‘ Regimes of Calculation and Global Governance‘, and was entitled ‘Geo-metrics’. The Zurich talk reuses substantial parts of that, but is pitched slightly more generally as ‘Earth: Regrounding Geo-politics’. In particular the Zurich talk will drop the material about calculation in Heidegger, and adds a bit more on some recent books that I think are doing something similar to what I intend with this work. There were a couple of good passages in William Connolly’s new The Fragility of Things that will be particularly useful.

I recorded the Balsillie talk and will post the audio recording here later this week. I think there are plans to record the Zurich one too for their website – I certainly don’t suggest listening to both, given the substantial overlaps.

And while we’re on the topic of recordings, the Jane Bennett workshop I was at was recorded, and should be available soon on Backdoor Broadcasting. (Not sure the lecture the previous day was recorded though.)

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5 Responses to From Geo-metrics to Geo-politics – Waterloo to Zurich

  1. Great! Is the lecture open to the public?

  2. Hi Stuart, Jane’s lecture wasn’t recorded as she was road testing new work. Cheers! Michael.

    • stuartelden says:

      I completely understand her choice here. I find, however, that it’s useful to make work-in-progress available in these early forms, but that’s a personal preference. Thanks for clarifying, and great that the seminar audio is up so quickly.

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