Tips for finishing a PhD from The Guardian

These tips from The Guardian are good, and many apply to writing books too.

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Neoliberalism and/as Terror: Critical Studies on Terrorism Annual Conference 2014

Neoliberalism and/as Terror: Critical Studies on Terrorism Annual Conference, Nottingham, 15-16 September 2014. Keynotes from Richard Jackson and Mark Neocleous. Full details here.

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‘Hellenistic Ethics from Nietzsche to Foucault’ – Warwick, 25-27 September 2014


Prospects for an Ethics of Self-Cultivation: Hellenistic Ethics from Nietzsche to Foucault, University of Warwick, 25-27 September 2014 – full details here

Philosophical interest in the ethical ideal of self-cultivation has increased in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as philosophers have sought alternatives to deontological and utilitarian theories. This interest has been most evident in the widespread revival of virtue ethics, although contemporary virtue ethicists tend to focus on Aristotle’s account of character formation. Philosophers in the modern European tradition, however, have been influenced by other views on self-cultivation from the Hellenistic period. Nietzsche’s account of self-cultivation, for instance, is closer to Epicurus’s than Aristotle’s, while Foucault draws extensively on Stoicism and Cynicism for his account. The insights of these thinkers suggest that we may deepen and expand our understanding of self-cultivation by reassessing the merits of the Hellenistic tradition.

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Feeling the Anthropocene: Air, Rock, Flesh – Edinburgh, 28 Nov 2014

Feeling the Anthropocene: Air, Rock, Flesh

Symposium: University of Edinburgh

11:00-17:00 Friday 28 November 2014

Not only has the Earth become sensitive to the activities of humans, or rather certain strata of humanity, but increasingly, ways of life­—human and more-than-human alike—under late capitalism have become increasingly sensitive to Earth forces.

How do we sense the Anthropocene? What might a politics that feels the Earth look like? What does it mean that the Earth feels us? The symposium will examine such questions—and others—through three elements that tie life together: air, rock, and flesh.




Bronislaw Szerszynski  |  Lancaster University | Life in the open air


Ilana Halperin | Artist  | “Learning to read rocks”


Jamie Lorimer  | Oxford University |“Probiotic political ecologies and the futures of life


Further details here.

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Further details of Harvard events on Baghdad and Lefebvre now available

I’ll be speaking at two events at Harvard next month. Details of the conference “Identity, Sovereignty, and Global Politics in the Building of Baghdad: From Revolution through the Gulf War and Beyond” are available here; and of the book launch event for Henri Lefebvre’s Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment, “Architectural Imagination After May ’68: Lukasz Stanek in conversation with Neil Brenner, Eve Blau, Michael Hays, Tom Conley, and Stuart Elden” here.

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Laleh Khalili – A Habit of Destruction


A powerful commentary on Gaza at the Society and Space open site by Laleh Khalili.

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

As a follow-up to the virtual theme issue on Israel-Palestine that we posted last week, we have asked a number of scholars/ activists to contribute related postings. This powerful piece by Laleh Khalili is the first of these to come in. Others will follow in the coming days and weeks.
- The Editors

The devastation to which Gaza has been subjected in the last few weeks seems to be yet another repetition of Israeli settler-colonial apparatus’ habit of destruction. Gaza has become emblematic of this habit, because in recent years it has so frequently been subjected to bombing while under a state of siege, but like all settler-colonialisms, the violence of the state is rooted not in an episodic “cycle of violence” but in the very ideology and practice of the settler-colonial movement.

The zero-sum struggle over the control of the land –whether as nationalist symbol, state territory, or…

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Everyday utopias and dystopias


Two new reviews on the Society and Space open site.

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Two new titles are reviewed on the Open Site:

cooperFirst is Davina Cooper’s new book  Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising Spacesreviewed by Gerda Roelvink (Duke University Press, 2014).

srvrutil_getImgSecond is Pnina Motzafi-Haller’s In the Cement Boxes: Mizrahi Women in the Israeli Periphery, reviewed by Michal Braier. This book was published in Hebrew in 2012 by The Hebrew University Magnes Press.

A review of Michael Gardiner’s Weak Messianism: Essays in Everyday Utopianism by Davina Cooper is available here.

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