Marcus Doel’s Geographies of Violence in the Society and Space book series now published

doel_geographies-of-violence_333_499Marcus Doel’s book Geographies of Violence: Killing Time, Killing Space is now published. This is the third book to appear in the Society and Space book series I edit with Sage.

We experience violence all our lives, from that very first scream of birth. It has been industrialized and domesticated. Our culture has not become totally accustomed to violence, but accustomed enough. Perhaps more than enough.

Geographies of Violence is a critical human geography of the history of violence, from Ancient Rome and Enlightened wars through to natural disasters, animal slaughter, and genocide. Written with incredible insight and flair, this is a thought-provoking text for human geography students and researchers alike

The other books published in the series so far are Dan Bulley’s Migration, Ethics and Power: Spaces of Hospitality in International Politics and Francisco R. Klauser’s Surveillance and Space. Other books in the series are under contract or review. If you’re interested in the series, please contact me.

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Free planners and guides for writing, planning and collaboration

These look useful – free planners and guides for writing, planning and collaboration

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Raul Pacheco-Vega on ‘Narrowing the research thesis topic’

Some good advice from Raul Pacheco-Vega on ‘Narrowing the research thesis topic’.

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Beginning work on the revision of Shakespearean Territories – and the climb that awaits at the end of it


Today I begin work on the revisions for Shakespearean Territories. At the end of this work – in about three weeks’ time – I’m off to Provence for a week of cycling, including Mont Ventoux.

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Prof. Anne Buttimer RIP

News of the death of Anne Buttimer, with an open access link to the chapter on her work from Key Thinkers on Space and Place by Tom Mels.

Ireland after NAMA

A message from Niamh Moore-Cherry, President of the Geographical Society of Ireland:

“It is with sadness that I am letting you know that Prof Anne Buttimer died this morning, July 15. She had been receiving treatment over the last few months in St Vincent’s hospital Dublin but passed away at home. I was privileged to have been able to visit her yesterday to give her the UCC alumni award 2016 that was received on her behalf at the Conference of Irish Geographers this year.

Her legacy in Ireland and beyond will be longlasting. A service will be held at Belfield Church, UCD before she is brought home to Cork for her Funeral Mass and burial. Details will be announced.

May she rest in peace.”

In memory of Prof Buttimer (1938-2017) here is a copy of the chapter about her life and work from ‘Key Thinkers on Space and Place’ (Sage…

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‘Edward Said’s ideas about power and identity still resonate today’ – CBC radio

edward-said-culture-and-imperialism.png‘Edward Said’s ideas about power and identity still resonate today’ – CBC radio interview from 1993.

Edward Said is considered to have been one of the world’s most eminent cultural and literary critics. A Palestinian Christian Arab who moved to the United States when he was 17 years old, his most famous work is Orientalism, which established his international reputation in 1978. In that book, Said explored the West’s attitude towards Islam and the East, describing “a web of racism, cultural stereotypes, and dehumanizing ideology.” In his provocative 1993 book Culture and Imperialism, he took the idea further, arguing that the justification for British imperialism was embedded in the cultural imagination of the West and exemplified in the work of novelists including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling.

Eleanor Wachtel spoke to Edward Said in 1993, after the publication of Culture and Imperialism. He had been diagnosed with leukemia the year before, which he said spurred him to speak out more. Said died in 2003 at the age of 67.

Thanks to dmf for the link.


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Books received – Freud, Carceral Notebooks 12, Derrida, Latour, Eribon


Two volumes of the Penguin Freud library, issue 12 of the Carceral Notebooks; the most recently published Derrida seminar, Théorie et pratique; Bruno Latour’s Facing Gaia and a second-hand copy of Didier Eribon’s Michel Foucault et ses contemporains. The Latour was pre-ordered in recompense for review work, Bernard Harcourt kindly sent the copy of the Carceral Notebooks, which is in large part on Foucault and the GIP, and I found the Derrida in a Paris bookstore. The others were picked up second-hand.

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Eyal Weizman, Vertical Apartheid in Israel-Palestine – new preface (open access) to Hollow Land

9781786634481-fcead6087cd365b34ec97976e467b93cEyal Weizman, ‘Vertical Apartheid in Israel-Palestine‘ a new preface (open access) to the re-edition of his classic Hollow Land.

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Christopher Watkin’s Research hack #21: One to-do list to rule them all

Christopher Watkin’s Research hack #21: One to-do list to rule them all

Another useful post in this series.

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Why you should double-check references…

I have long made a point of trying to avoid references of the form ‘X cited in Y’ (see Eleven Thoughts on Reading and Citing), at least without first checking source X. Having spent quite a bit of time recently checking multiple references, mainly made by Canguilhem, with a lot left to do, I thought I’d try to distil some of the reasons for this.

  1. X claims that Y says Z, but on checking, you find that they say something different – either a minor slip, something more significant, all the way to a downright deception
  2. What appears to be a quotation is actually a paraphrase.
  3. What appears to be a paraphrase is actually a quotation.
  4. The quotation, when read in context, is more complicated or nuanced.
  5. The reference to the work is incorrect (title, subtitle, publisher, place, year, edition, etc.)
  6. The page reference is incorrect.
  7. Some combination of these reasons.

This work of reading and referencing checking is not always easy. For example, Canguilhem cites works in French, German, English and Latin, and these are often difficult to find. Canguilhem used obscure editions, some not even the most current at the time, especially in his writings during World War Two when books were hard to access. Sometimes more recent editions don’t have the same pagination. In some of the translations the translators have provided a reference to an English edition, which means that there are two sources to check. Canguilhem sometimes provides his own translation of a text initially in another language, and might indicate the work, but not the page – that can take some tracking down.

So if Canguilhem provides a reference, with a paraphrase rather than quotation, in which the title given is not of a book by that author, the publisher is incorrect, and he doesn’t provide a page number (and his English translator simply copies his reference)… but I still find the quotation, do I win a prize?

Whenever I take down notes with references to other sources I write ‘[check]’ in the text or note. The square brackets, or sometime highlighted text, make it easy to locate these at a later point. Some of these I can fix with my own books; many more require a bit of tracking down. I tend to store these up and do a consolidated round of checking – starting with Warwick library, then the British Library and if neither works turning to Worldcat to work out where I might be able to locate the source. Some early sources are available online, but many are not. This long list gets progressively whittled down, and added to as I do more note-taking and read other sources. I find it helpful to consolidate these things into a list which I try to work on periodically through a project – rather than leave everything to the end – although there are always some intractable references that end up on a final ‘to do’ list. When I’m in London or, less often, Paris, I can work through a lot of these; references to check at home, the office or Warwick library can be fitted in around other tasks – they are quite good things to fill small bits of time like a cancelled appointment.

The more dishonest route, of course, is citing X and dropping the reference to Y, making it appear you’ve read something you have not. More generally it’s revealing that the same reference mistakes often appear in multiple places by different authors – a product of reference copying rather than tracking down the source. If you want to be scrupulous, I think you should check the source. I’m certainly not suggesting that my work is without referencing errors, but they are the result of mistakes rather than inaction.

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