Category Archives: Politics

Benjamin Tallis interviews Claudia Aradau on Critical Security Studies

Benjamin Tallis interviews Claudia Aradau on Critical Security Studies – in three parts via CEE New Perspectives

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Margaret Moore, A Political Theory of Territory – recently out with OUP.

Margaret Moore, A Political Theory of Territory – recently out with OUP. Our world is currently divided into territorial states that resist all attempts to change their borders. But what entitles a state, or the people it represents, to assume … Continue reading

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Talks at three workshops – on Foucault and Artemidorus, Earth, and Foucault and Shakespeare – with links to some audio recordings

I attended and spoke at three workshops last week. First, at the Monash University study centre in Prato, Italy, on modern reappropriations of Hellenistic Ethics. I ran a reading seminar on Foucault’s reading of Artemidorus. The other sessions were by … Continue reading

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‘How 7/7 changed the way Britain mourns victims of terrorism’ – Charlotte Heath-Kelly in The Conversation

My colleague Charlotte Heath-Kelly has a thoughtful piece entitled ‘How 7/7 changed the way Britain mourns victims of terrorism’ in The Conversation.

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“Let UK universities do what they do best – teaching and research” – Letter from 121 professors in The Guardian

“Let UK universities do what they do best – teaching and research” – Letter from 121 professors in The Guardian. Here’s the first paragraph: The UK’s universities can justifiably claim an outstanding international reputation, generating multiple direct and indirect benefits for society, … Continue reading

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Review of Virginia Comolli, Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency at African Arguments

Virginia Comolli, Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency is reviewed at African Arguments. Along with Mike Smith’s Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria’s Unholy War, these look to be the key English books on the group. My bibliography of articles (last updated in 2014) can … Continue reading

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Books received – Shakespeare, Mousnier, Lefebvre

Two OUP editions of Shakespeare, Roland Mousnier’s Peasant Uprisings – used by Foucault in Théories et institutions pénales, and two first editions of Lefebvre’s books in Axelos’s Arguments series.

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Étienne Balibar, Citizenship – now out with Polity

Étienne Balibar, Citizenship – now out with Polity. If fundamental political categories were represented as geometric shapes, citizenship would be one of those rotating polyhedrons with reflective surfaces that together create effects of light and shade. With extraordinarily acute discernment, … Continue reading

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Books received 3 – books from publishers or authors

Complementary copies from publishers or authors. Mark Salter’s Making Things International 1, Christopher Roth’s Let’s Split! – a guide to secessionist states; Oli Mould’s Urban Subversion and the Creative City; Hughes Lethierry’s Agir avec Henri Lefebvre and Shannon Mattern’s Deep Mapping the Media City. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Life in the Accelerated Academy: anxiety thrives, demands intensify and metrics hold the tangled web together

Interesting piece at the Impact of Social Sciences blog by Mark Carrigan. The imagined slowness of university life has given way to a frenetic pace, defined by a perpetual ratcheting up of demands and an entrepreneurial ethos seeking new and quantifiable opportunities. Mark Carrigan explores … Continue reading

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