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A Mini-Interview: Mercedes Bunz explains meson press


An interview about the new publisher Meson Press, with whom I am working on the Kostas Axelos translation.

Originally posted on Machinology:

meson press first book, Rethinking Gamification (PDF), was just released in Lüneburg. Part of the Hybrid Publishing Lab at the Leuphana University, the press focuses on digital culture and network media with the aim to “challenge contemporary theories and advance key debates in the humanities today.” I was interested in inviting one of the representatives of the press, Mercedes Bunz, to share in the style of some earlier mini-interviews I have conducted what she sees as the stakes in coming up with a multiple-format publishing house that focuses on theory.

Most of scholars are increasingly frustrated with the dinosauric habits of big academic publishers, but how to establish alternatives in the academic world that is challenged both by the necessity of new formats and by the only slowly changing recognition systems of the academic world?

The burning questions in publishing seem to be about the changing media ecology…

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Searching for the sublime: Tuan’s Romantic Geography reviewed


A review of Yi-Fu Tuan’s new book at the Society and Space open site.

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

tuanSophie Leroy reviews Yi-Fu Tuan’s new book                       Romantic Geography: In Search of the Sublime Landscape, University of Wisconsin Press.

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Review essay on Terror and Territory (in Portuguese)

Thanks to Paulo Jorge Vieira for alerting me to this new review essay of my 2009 book Terror and Territory in the Brazilian journal Geografares by Márcio José Mendonça.

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Ice Law project website launched

usfws-5164532851_056174e81e_bA couple of weeks ago I said a little about The IBRU Workshop on International Law, State Sovereignty, and the Ice-Land-Water Interface that I attended back in Durham.

The plan is that all participants to the workshop write a short summary of how their work contributes to the project, and I think these will all be posted online as the next stage in this work. For the moment, I’ll simply post the audio recording of my comments to one of the sessions. Much of this will be familiar to people who know my work on territory – both the historical, political and conceptual work on this topic – but that was really the point: a brief primer for people from a range of disciplines including anthropology and international law.

The project now has a website with lots of detail about the work and the first two reflections, from Klaus Dodds and Kate Coddington, have been posted. More will appear over the next few weeks.

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Judith Butler reviews Jacques Derrida, The Death Penalty Volume I

In the London Review of Books, Judith Butler reviews Jacques Derrida, The Death Penalty Volume I.

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Deborah Cowen – The Deadly Life of Logistics


Deborah Cowen’s new book – out in September.

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Society and Space editor Deborah Cowen’s new book, The Deadly Life of Logistics: Mapping Violence in Global Trade is forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press in September 2014.


 A genealogy of logistics, tracing the link between markets and militaries, territory and government

Deborah Cowen traces the art and science of logistics over the past sixty years, from the battlefield to the boardroom and back again. Though the object of corporate and governmental logistical efforts is commodity supply, she demonstrates that they are deeply political—and, considered in the context of the long history of logistics, deeply indebted to the practice of war.

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