Network of Concerned Geographers – petition about US geography and the military

NCG_logo_1.jpgNetwork of Concerned Geographers – I’ve just signed this letter and hope others do too.

We, the undersigned, the Network of Concerned Geographers (NCG), are concerned about the growing involvement of the US military in the discipline of geography.

The letter registers concern and suggests the Association of American Geographers establish a commission to review links, on the model of the one done by the American Anthropological Association. See full statement here.

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1967 + 50: The Age of Grammatology « London Graduate School

Link to a conference next year on Derrida’s Of Grammatology.


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Westminster Law and the Senses – Taste, Smell and Touch

Westminster Law and the Senses – Taste, Smell and Touch – all available to download as pdfs.

The series is dedicated to the study of law and the senses, aiming to reflect critically on how law deals with senses, how law senses, and how law makes sense. This involves thinking, discussing and questioning the sound of law, the tactile encounter with its forms, its bitter/sweet taste, its pungent smell, its perspectival gaze.

What is the relationship of law to the senses? In a sense, law, the anaesthetic par excellence, is constantly engaged in numbing the senses into commonsense; manipulating, channelling and controlling the sensible; inserting properties and forbidding contacts; dissimulating violence, regulating sounds and defining taste.

However, senses are not static. Rather, they are shifting and elusive qualities, constantly reshuffled by socio-cultural and technological changes, always dislocating Law’s normativity towards new potentialities. In this other sense, Law emerges from the senses, and whereas senses are a constant arena of legal machinations, they are also Law’s constant blind spot and inescapable excess. Is there then a legal sensing, an illegal sensing, or even perhaps a sensing beyond the Law? How does Law sense? Can Law hear, taste, smell, touch, see? Can Law indulge in sensual pleasures, or is it confined to the anaesthetic arena of common sense? Can senses be a tool to use, know and study Law better? Would this make Law more ‘sensible’, or instead more suffocating?

The Law and Senses gathers trans-disciplinary contributions which aim to critically investigate the sensing of law, the capacity for law to (make) sense, and the possibility for Law to sense differently. The series encompasses five issues, Taste, Smell, Hearing, Touch and Vision, followed by further issues on synaesthesia, sixth sense, sense and sensuality and so on..

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Giving Life to Politics – conference on work of Adriana Cavarero, Brighton, 19-21 June 2017

Giving Life to Politics – conference on work of Adriana Cavarero

Date and Venue: 19th-21st June 2017, Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton

Keynote speakers: Adriana Cavarero, Judith Butler, Bonnie Honig

Deadline for abstract submission: 28th February 2017

Conference Fee: £200 / £100 (concession/unwaged – limited places)

This three-day conference is a sustained engagement with, and celebration of, the life work of Italian feminist philosopher Adriana Cavarero. It also marks the publication of her most recent text Inclinations: A Critique of Rectitude (Stanford University Press, 2016).

Full details here

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David Harvey Marx & Capital Lecture 3: Value and its Monetary Expression

The third David Harvey lecture of the current series – Value and its Monetary Expression

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Reshelving the New York Public Library’s Rose Reading Room

The renovation and restocking of the New York Public Library’s Rose Reading Room.

The Scholarly Kitchen

The New York Public Library’s magnificent Rose Reading Room has been closed for the past two years after a piece of ornamental plaster fell from the ceiling. Two years later, the ceiling has been restored, and each of the 900 rosettes reinforced with steel cables, one of the grand public spaces of the city is ready to re-open.

The video below presents a time lapse look at the final steps in getting it ready, including the reshelving of some 52,000 books. There’s something deeply satisfying in watching all those empty shelves get filled, perhaps the book-lover’s version of watching a Zamboni complete its task.

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Books received – Greenblatt, Soussloff, Howe, Graham


Two second-hand copies of books by Stephen Greenblatt, the new collection Foucault on the Arts and Letters in recompense for review work (30% discount here), and two books sent by publishers – Nicolas Howe’s Landscapes of the Secular and Stephen Graham’s Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers.

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Early Modern Literary Geographies – call for book proposals for Oxford University Press series

The conference I attended in California last weekend was linked to a book series with Oxford University Press. I’ve shared details of this before, but it was a while ago, and the first volume is now published, so here is the description again.


Early Modern Literary Geographies

Oxford University Press

Series Editors: Julie Sanders, Newcastle University and Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr, Pennsylvania State University.

Influenced by the work of cultural and human geographers, literary scholars have started to attend to the ways in which early modern people constructed their senses of the world out of interactions among places, spaces, and embodied practices.  Early Modern Literary Geographies will feature innovative research monographs and agenda-setting essay collections that partake of this “spatial turn.”  The term “literary geographies” is to be understood capaciously: we invite submissions on any form of early modern writing that engages with the topics of space, place, landscape and environment.  Although English literature is at its centre, Early Modern Literary Geographies will feature scholarship that abuts a range of disciplines, including geography, history, performance studies, art history, musicology, archaeology and cognitive science.  Subjects of inquiry might include cartography or chorography; historical phenomenology and sensory geographies; body and environment; mobility studies; histories of travel or perambulation; regional and provincial literatures; urban studies; performance environments; sites of memory and cognition; ecocriticism; and oceanic or new blue studies.

Advisory Board:

Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Theory and Geography, University of Warwick

Steve Hindle, W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research, Huntington Library

Bernhard Klein, Professor of English, University of Kent

Andrew McRae, Professor of English, University of Exeter

Evelyn Tribble, Donald Collie Chair of English, University of Otago

Alexandra Walsham, Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge

Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts, University of Alberta

Dan Beaver, Associate Professor of History, Penn State University

Steven Mullaney, Associate Professor of English, University of Michigan

Enquiries to: and

The first volume in the series is Gavin Hollis, The Absence of America: The London Stage, 1576-1642.


The Absence of America: the London Stage 1576-1642 examines why early modern drama’s response to English settlement in the New World was muted, even though the so-called golden age of Shakespeare coincided with the so-called golden age of exploration: no play is set in the Americas; few plays treat colonization as central to the plot; a handful features Native American characters (most of whom are Europeans in disguise). However, advocates of colonialism in the seventeenth century denounced playing companies as enemies on a par with the Pope and the Devil. Instead of writing off these accusers as paranoid cranks, this book takes as its starting point the possibility that they were astute playgoers. By so doing we can begin to see the emergence of a “picture of America,” and of the Virginia colony in particular, across a number of plays performed for London audiences: Jonson’s Bartholomew FairThe Staple of News, and his collaboration with Marston and Chapman, Eastward Ho!; Robert Greene’sOrlando Furioso; Massinger’s The City Madam; Massinger and Fletcher’s The Sea Voyage; Middleton and Dekker’s The Roaring Girl; Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Fletcher and Shakespeare’s Henry VIII. We can glean the significance of this picture, not only for the troubled Virginia Company, but also for London theater audiences. And we can see that the picture that was beginning to form was, as the anti-theatricalists surmised, often slanderous, condemnatory, and, as it were, anti-American.

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Foucault and Shakespeare: The Theatre of Madness

My paper ‘Foucault and Shakespeare: Ceremony, Theatre, Politics’ should appear in The Southern Journal of Philosophy in late 2017, in the Spindel conference supplement. I’ve recently agreed to write a second piece developing out of this work:

Foucault and Shakespeare: The Theatre of Madness

Foucault was interested in Shakespeare from the beginning to the end of his career. Examples from Shakespeare’s plays appear in his earliest works on madness, through 1970s courses looking at the transition from sovereign to disciplinary power, to a reading in his final lectures of 1984 of King Lear’s opening scene as a test of parrēsia. In each Foucault is intrigued by the relation between the theatre as a representation and theatre as a ‘tear in the fabric of the world’. This contribution re-examines Foucault’s work on theatre and madness in the light of new documentary sources, notably Foucault à Münsterlingen, a report of a visit to a Swiss psychiatric asylum in 1954. There, Foucault attended a ‘fête des fous’, a carnival of the mad, a festival with roots back to the Middle Ages. 1954 was the date Foucault’s first two major publications appeared – Maladie mentale et personnalité and the introduction to his translation of Ludwig Binswanger’s Dream and Existence. After 1954 Foucault published very little until The History of Madness in 1961, a book which took a very different approach to these questions, and which led to Maladie mentale et personnalité being comprehensively rewritten as Maladie mentale et psychologie in 1962. Tracing this interest in madness, and the recurrent role of Shakespeare within it, this chapter interrogates the important role that theatre plays in Foucault’s early writing.

I’m not sure yet, but I think I will try to give this as a lecture or two before submission. It is also perhaps the first piece of a larger project on the early Foucault.

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Captured: Documenting Incarceration – Nottingham Contemporary, 4-5 Nov 2016

capturedCaptured: Documenting Incarceration – Nottingham Contemporary gallery, 4-5 Nov 2016

A two-day documentary film event featuring screenings, workshops and Q&A with directors looking at the role of filmmaking in challenging public perceptions of incarceration and detention.

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