Territory Beyond Terra, edited by Kimberley Peters, Philip Steinberg, and Elaine Stratford – forthcoming in December 2017

Now in production, with a scheduled date of early 2018 (see https://philsteinberg.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/territory-beyond-terra-now-at-the-publishers/)

Progressive Geographies

593b8b09f5ba741adc68db03Territory Beyond Terra, edited by Kimberley Peters, Philip Steinberg, and Elaine Stratford – forthcoming in December 2017.

At the root of our understanding of territory is the concept of terra—land—a surface of fixed points with stable features that can be calculated, categorised, and controlled. But what of the many spaces on Earth that defy this simplistic characterisation: Oceans in which ‘places’ are continuously re-formed? Air that can never be fully contained? Watercourses that obtain their value by transcending boundaries?

This book examines the politics of these spaces to shed light on the challenges of our increasingly dynamic world. Through a focus on the planet’s elements, environments, and edges, the contributors to Territory beyond Terra extend our understanding of territory to the dynamic, contentious spaces of contemporary politics.

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Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor (eds.), Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times – now out

978-0-271-07872-4md_294Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor (eds.), Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times – now out from Penn State Press. Apparently you can reduce the price by 30% with the code TMJT17 when ordered direct from the publisher (thanks to In the Middle for the link).

Few terms have garnered more attention recently in the sciences, humanities, and public sphere than the Anthropocene, the proposed epoch in which a human “signature” appears in the lithostratigraphic record. Anthropocene Reading considers the implications of this concept for literary history and critical method.

Entering into conversation with geologists and geographers, this volume reinterprets the cultural past in relation to the anthropogenic transformation of the Earth system while showcasing how literary analysis may help us conceptualize this geohistorical event. The contributors examine how a range of literary texts, from The Tempest to contemporary dystopian novels to the poetry of Emily Dickinson, mediate the convergence of the social institutions, energy regimes, and planetary systems that support the reproduction of life. They explore the long-standing dialogue between imaginative literature and the earth sciences and show how scientists, novelists, and poets represent intersections of geological and human timescales, the deep past and a posthuman future, political exigency and the carbon cycle.

Accessibly written and representing a range of methodological perspectives, the essays in this volume consider what it means to read literary history in the Anthropocene.

Contributors include Juliana Chow, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Thomas H. Ford, Anne-Lise François, Noah Heringman, Matt Hooley, Stephanie LeMenager, Dana Luciano, Steve Mentz, Benjamin Morgan, Justin Neuman, Jennifer Wenzel, and Derek Woods.

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Sawyer & Steinmetz-Jenkins (eds.), Foucault, Neoliberalism and Beyond – forthcoming in 2018

59b383cef5ba740228e84989Stephen W. Sawyer & Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins (eds.), Foucault, Neoliberalism and Beyond – forthcoming in 2018 from Rowman & Littlefield International.

Few philosophers have garnered as much attention globally as Michel Foucault. But even within this wide reception, the consideration given to his relationship to neoliberalism has been noteworthy. However, the debate over this relationship has given rise to a great deal of polemics and confusion.

This volume brings together leading figures in the field to provide a reliable guide to one of the most controversial subjects in recent continental thought. It puts across the case for Foucault’s importance for post-colonial, race, queer and feminist studies, among other areas, and opens up his relationship to neoliberalism to offer a broader picture of tensions brewing within the Left more generally.

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CFP Modern-Colonial Geographies in Latin America: The Mirage of The Civilizing City and The Archaic Countryside

Call for papers for an interesting conference organised by Mara Duer and Simone Vegliò.

Modern-colonial Geographies in Latin America

London (King’s College London) 5-6 April 2018

Wanting to be modern seems crazy: we are condemned to be so, given that the future and the past are prohibited’ (Octavio Paz, 1966: 5)

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Investigating Infrastructures Forum at Society and Space open site

Society and Space open site forum on Investigating Infrastructures


Some really interesting pieces. Below are the links to individual pieces and this is from the introduction by Deborah Cowen:

In the sample of work below, you will find creative engagement with infrastructure in its seemingly banal and innocuous forms, like the jersey barrier, or the airport washroom. Some authors focus instead on the affective, intimate, and aspirational dimensions of infrastructure in engagements with im/mobility and undocumented youth, Palestinian homes, and anti-colonial artistic practice. One author challenges popular and professional conceptions of transit efficiency by engaging infrastructure from their perspective and experience of dis-ability. A number of pieces address questions of force and violence through engagements with the infrastructures of petroleum extraction, the construction of national borders, colonial scientific observatories, and the internment of racialized peoples. Together, the essays examine infrastructure in the making and begin to rethink how intimacy, law, family, territory, able bodiedness, and race produce and require…

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Matthew W. Wilson, New Lines: Critical GIS and the Trouble of the Map – now out with UMP

imageMatthew W. Wilson, New Lines: Critical GIS and the Trouble of the Map – now out with University of Minnesota Press.

A provocative critique of Geographic Information Science

New Lines considers a society increasingly drawn to the power of the digital map, examining the conceptual and technical developments of the field of geographic information science as this work is refracted through a pervasive digital culture. This book draws together archival research on the birth of the digital map with a reconsideration of the critical turn in mapping and cartographic thought.

“With rapidly shifting digital technologies, geo-surveillance, everyday cartography, privatized georeferenced data, and neoliberalization, New Lines offers a reflexive reassessment of the scholarly praxis of critical GIS, an increasingly anachronistic term. Attentive also to contemporary philosophical debates, Matthew W. Wilson’s lively and ambitious manifesto pushes the reader to re-examine everything they thought they knew about the topic”.

Eric Sheppard, author of Limits to Globalization: The Disruptive Geographies of Capitalist Development

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Peter Brown reviews Sarah Ruden’s new translation of Augustine’s Confessions

Peter Brown reviews Sarah Ruden’s new translation of Augustine’s Confessions in the NYRB.

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David Beer, Three types of reading: ideas, targets & explorations

David Beer, ‘Three types of reading: ideas, targets & explorations’

I’ve been asked to give a short talk on the topic of ‘active reading’ to our students. The request got me thinking about my reading practices . I realised that, very broadly speaking, I do three types of reading. What varies is how focused the reading is and how closely it is tied to particular writing plans.

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‘Legal terrain—the political materiality of territory’ – LRIL lecture now published

m_lril_5_1cover‘Legal terrain—the political materiality of territory’ – my London Review of International Law lecture is now published. The journal requires subscription, but if you’d like a copy and can’t access through an institution, please email me.

This lecture sketches the contours of a political -legal theory of terrain. It argues that terrain is a useful concept to think the materiality of territory. Terrain is where the geopolitical and the geophysical meet, and it is therefore a helpful concept to make political -legal understandings of territory better account for the complexities of the geophysical.

The video of the lecture is also available online.

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Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin, Mapping Cyberspace (free book download)

9780415198844Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin’s 2001 book Mapping Cyberspace is now available as a free download. There is also a website about the book here.

Mapping Cyberspace is a ground-breaking geographic exploration and critical reading of cyberspace, and information and communication technologies. The book:

* provides an understanding of what cyberspace looks like and the social interactions that occur there

* explores the impacts of cyberspace, and information and communication technologies, on cultural, political and economic relations

* charts the spatial forms of virutal spaces

* details empirical research and examines a wide variety of maps and spatialisations of cyberspace and the information society

* has a related website at http://www.MappingCyberspace.com.

This book will be a valuable addition to the growing body of literature on cyberspace and what it means for the future.

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