Future Projects

Over the next several years I plan to work on three projects.


Foucault’s Last Decade will be published in 2016 by Polity Press. A second book on The Birth of Power, looking at the 1969-74 period, is in the process of being written. You can read more about the books on a dedicated page here, which has part of the proposals, links to updates on their writing and some recordings of talks.  

Shakespearean Territories

This book project uses a number of Shakespeare’s plays to think through various aspects of the question of territory. More details including links to online material here. Draft plan below:

  1. Divided Territories: The Geo-politics of King Lear
  2. Corporeal Territories: The Political Bodies of Coriolanus
  3. Economic Territories: Farming the Realm in Richard II
  4. Contested Territories: Placing the Histories
  5. Colonial Territories: Antony and Cleopatra, Pericles and The Tempest
  6. Vulnerable Territories: External Powers in Hamlet and Macbeth
  7. Measuring Territories: The Techniques of Rule
  8. Outside Territory: The Forest in As You Like It and Titus Andronicus

Rethinking Geopolitics

Further ahead I want to contribute to work rethinking the notion of the ‘geo’ in geopolitics, to make this connect to land, earth and the world as an alternative to the globe and globalisation. It builds on earlier work on theorisations of the world in Lefebvre, Axelos, Fink, Sloterdijk, Badiou and Meillassoux. It links to some work I’ve been doing around ideas of volume and the volumetric, and the notion of terrain. Some further thoughts are outlined in a paper under the title of ‘Earth’ (audio recording here); and a keynote lecture under the title of ‘Geo-metrics’ (audio recording here). Some of this work relates to The Project on Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World (the ICE LAW Project), led by Phil Steinberg (more here).

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