My name is Stuart Elden and this is a site about politics, philosophy and geography, interesting books, my own writing and whatever else comes to mind.
I’m a Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick, in the Politics and International Studies department. In this role I will also be spending two months a year at the Centre for Urban Science and Progress at New York University, and at Monash University as part of the Monash-Warwick Alliance. I was previously Professor of Political Geography at Durham University, where I was one of the Directors of the Institute of Advanced Study and the Academic Director of the International Boundaries Research Unit.
My interests range fairly widely between philosophy, politics, geography, literature and history. I’m the author of five books and the editor of seven. My most recent book, The Birth of Territory, was published by University of Chicago Press in 2013. My articles have appeared in journals in a range of disciplines, and some have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Croatian, Russian, Hebrew and Korean.
You can find a list of future talks here and free downloads here. I am currently working on projects on Shakespeare, Foucault and concepts of the world and earth. I also am one of editors of the journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, which now has an open site parallel to the print and online journal. A book series is being launched with Sage in partnership with Pion.
When I’m not working I enjoy cycling, watching cricket and a range of music.
Please note that while I welcome comments, they need to be accompanied by a valid email address. Comments using false email addresses, false names, multiple false identities from a single IP address, etc. will not be posted. I’d rather not have to turn comments off, but I will ‘trash’ anything inappropriate. In the Middle has a moderation policy that provides a good justification for the kind of comments I would like to see here.