Shakespearean Territories, University of Chicago Press, 2018 – now available

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I’ve had an advance copy of Shakespearean Territories for a few weeks, but now have the warehouse copies, which means the book should be more widely available from usual booksellers in physical or e-book formats.

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Shakespeare was an astute observer of contemporary life, culture, and politics. The emerging practice of territory as a political concept and technology did not elude his attention. In Shakespearean Territories, Stuart Elden reveals just how much Shakespeare’s unique historical position and political understanding can teach us about territory. Shakespeare dramatized a world of technological advances in measuring, navigation, cartography, and surveying, and his plays open up important ways of thinking about strategy, economy, the law, and colonialism, providing critical insight into a significant juncture in history. Shakespeare’s plays explore many territorial themes: from the division of the kingdom in King Lear, to the relations among Denmark, Norway, and Poland in Hamlet,  to questions of disputed land and the politics of banishment in Richard II. Elden traces how Shakespeare developed a nuanced understanding of the complicated concept and practice of territory and, more broadly, the political-geographical relations between people, power, and place. A meticulously researched study of over a dozen classic plays, Shakespearean Territories will provide new insights for geographers, political theorists, and Shakespearean scholars alike.

Jeff Malpas, University of Tasmania
“Shakespearean Territories is a truly groundbreaking volume that enriches our reading of Shakespeare at the same time as it illuminates our understanding of the nature and history of territory. An insightful and engrossing work, Shakespearean Territories demonstrates Elden’s unquestionable position as the most significant thinker of territory and the geographic working today—and in relation to the literary and dramatic no less than the political.”

Alexander Murphy, University of Oregon
“A work of meticulous scholarship, Shakespearean Territories teases out and explains a wide range of geographical themes present in Shakespeare’s plays with finesse and profound interpretation. Beyond the specific insights he offers on territory and geography as refracted through Shakespeare’s plays, Elden displays the substantial value of bridging literary and historical-geographical analysis.”

Garrett Sullivan, Penn State University
“Shakespearean Territories offers illuminating analyses of Shakespeare’s works that are immersed in relevant scholarship on the colonial, geophysical, and corporeal aspects of territory. This is a fascinating textual analysis that builds upon the concept of territory with Elden’s characteristic nuance and depth.”

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Marie-Laure Massot, Arianna Sforzini and Vincent Ventresque, ‘Transcribing Foucault’s Handwriting with Transkribus’ – open access piece on Foucault’s archives

Marie-Laure Massot, Arianna Sforzini and Vincent Ventresque, ‘Transcribing Foucault’s Handwriting with Transkribus‘ (open access) – a fascinating report on the work being done with Foucault’s papers.

 

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Design Agency within Earth Systems (Part 3) – Neil Brenner lecture and Stuart Elden commentary

Design Agency within Earth Systems (Part 3) – Neil Brenner lecture and Stuart Elden commentary. A discussion around the relation between the urban and territory.

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Marcelo Hoffman, Militant Acts: The Role of Investigations in Radical Political Struggles – SUNY Press, Jan 2019

63478_covMarcelo Hoffman, Militant Acts: The Role of Investigations in Radical Political Struggles – SUNY Press, January 2019

Offers a history of the role of investigations in radical political struggles from the nineteenth century forward.

Militant Acts presents a broad history of the concept and practice of investigations in radical political struggles from the nineteenth century to the present. Radicals launched investigations into the conditions and struggles of the oppressed and exploited to stimulate their political mobilization and organization. These investigations assumed a variety of methodological forms in a wide range of geographical and institutional contexts, and they also drew support from the participation of intellectuals such as Marx, Lenin, Mao, Dunayevskaya, Foucault, and Badiou. Marcelo Hoffman analyzes newspapers, pamphlets, reports, and other source materials, which reveal the diverse histories, underappreciated difficulties, and theoretical import of investigations in radical political struggles. In so doing, he challenges readers to rethink the supposed failure of these investigations and concludes that the value of investigations in radical political struggles ultimately resides in the possibility of producing a new political “we.”

“The kind of archival and synthetic work on investigations that this book evinces has been accomplished nowhere else. Hoffman’s survey provides the reader with an understanding of how investigations fit into the theoretical practice of many important Marxist thinkers, along with an argument for their utility. Further, original insights into these thinkers, which enhance or even contradict our available understandings with better historical evidence, are offered.” — William S. Lewis, author of Louis Althusser and the Traditions of French Marxism

“Hoffman focuses on a distinctive, yet little recognized practice of resistance and shows how it impacts and is impacted by the theories of ideology and power in which it was employed. The scholarship is not only sound, but truly pathbreaking in its treatment of various traditions, languages, and even its usage of extremely diverse source materials.” — Kevin Thompson, DePaul University

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Jenny Bauer and Robert Fischer (eds.) Perspectives on Henri Lefebvre Theory, Practices and (Re)Readings – De Gruyter 2018

9783110494983.jpgJenny Bauer and Robert Fischer (eds.) Perspectives on Henri Lefebvre Theory, Practices and (Re)Readings, De Gruyter, 2018

The articles take a decidedly interdisciplinary look at the opus of the French philosopher, sociologist and pioneer of spatial analysis Henri Lefebvre (1901-1991). His works are reflected upon from theoretical and practical perspectives by authors from various fields (literature, history, philosophy, sociology, ethnology) closely examining text references from Lefebvre.
Looks an interesting collection, but only in expensive hardback or e-book.

 

 

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Init Katz, Diana Martin and Claudio Minca (eds.) Camps Revisited: Multifaceted Spatialities of a Modern Political Technology – Rowman 2018

Init Katz, Diana Martin and Claudio Minca (eds.) Camps Revisited: Multifaceted Spatialities of a Modern Political Technology – Rowman 2018

Facing the current growing global archipelago of encampments, this book project intends to develop a geographical reflection on ‘the camp’, as a modern institution and as a spatial bio-political technology.

This book focuses on past and present camp geographies and on the dispositifs that make them an ever-present spatial formation in the management of unwanted populations characterizing many authoritarian regimes as well as many contemporary democracies. It also offers and investigates possible ways to resist the present-day proliferating manifestations of camps and ‘camp thinking’, by calling for the incorporation of ‘camp studies’ into the broader field of political geography and to consider the geographies of the camp as constitutive of much broader modern geo-political economies.

By linking spatial theory to the geopolitical and biopolitical workings and practices of contemporary camps, the contributions in this collection argue that the camps seem to be here-to-stay, like a permanent/temporary presence giving shape to improvised, semi-structured and hyper-orderly structured spatialities in our cities and our countryside. Camps are also a specific response, for example, to the changing conditions of European borders due to the ‘refugee crisis’ and the rise of nationalism in many countries affected by such crisis.

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Antonis Vradis, Evie Papada, Joe Painter, Anna Papoutsi, New Borders: Hotspots and the European Migration Regime – Pluto 2018

Antonis Vradis, Evie Papada, Joe Painter, Anna Papoutsi, New Borders: Hotspots and the European Migration Regime – Pluto 2018

To many, a border is a geographical fact. But what happens when a border is subject to an emergency? Today, as millions are forced to migrate due to war, famine and political unrest, it is important to analyse how states use new bordering techniques to control populations.

New Borders focuses on the Greek island of Lesbos. Since 2015, the island has come under intense scrutiny as more than one million people have disembarked on its shores.

During this time, the authors spent two years studying the changing meanings and functions of the EU’s border. They observed how the reception of the refugees slid into detention and refuge became duress. Examining how and why this happened, they tackle questions on European policy, the securitisation of national and EU borders and the real impacts this has had on everyday life, determining who ‘belongs’ where and when.

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‘Foucault before the History of Madness: lectures, translations, Nietzsche’ – audio recording of Sussex talk

Sussex posterThe audio recording of my talk on “Foucault before the History of Madness: lectures, translations, Nietzsche” given at the University of Sussex on 7 December 2018 is available here.

Many thanks to Bal Sokhi-Bulley and Anna Gurmucio Ramberg for the invitation, introduction and discussion. We talked about my book Foucault: The Birth of Power in a small discussion group first – there had been a reading group on the book this term – and then talked about the early Foucault for about an hour after my talk, but only the talk was recorded.

The talk was largely unscripted, and relied a lot on images – of books, archives, papers and so on – but I think it would be understandable without them. There is a lot more about the project here.

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Books received – Derrida, Agamben, Delaporte, Jordan

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Some books in recompense for review work for Stanford University Press – Derrida’s Monolingualism of the Other and Paper Machine; Giorgio Agamben, The Use of Bodies; François Delaporte, Anatomy of the Passions and Mark D. Jordan, Convulsing Bodies: Religion and Resistance in Foucault.

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materiali foucaultiani – new issue (2018)

A new issue of materiali foucaultiani – material in Italian, French and English

Foucault News

materiali foucaultiani volume VI, number 11-12 (January-December 2017)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Le confessioni della carne  (pp. 3-6)

Laura Cremonesi, Orazio Irrera, Daniele Lorenzini, Martina Tazzioli

FULL ARTICLE

Michel Foucault et la subjectivation

Introduzione. Soggettivazione e assoggettamento, a partire da Foucault  (pp. 9-14)

  Laura Cremonesi, Orazio Irrera, Daniele Lorenzini, Martina Tazzioli

FULL ARTICLE

Subjectivité et normativité chez Canguilhem et Foucault  (pp. 15-38)

  Pierre Macherey

FULL ARTICLE

N’être personne ! Variations sur les usages critiques de la fonction-sujet  (pp. 39-48)

Guillaume le Blanc

FULL ARTICLE

Le gouvernement du désir. Foucault à l’épreuve du libéralisme  (pp. 49-62)

Miguel de Beistegui

FULL ARTICLE

Sulle parrhèsia(e) di Foucault  (pp. 63-81)

  Étienne Balibar

FULL ARTICLE

Regimes of Visibility

The Dis-Time of Security and Visibility in Contemporary Governmentalities. An Interview with Didier Bigo  (pp. 83-92)

  Didier Bigo

FULL ARTICLE

Seeing and Saying. Foucault’s Analytic of Knowledge Production …

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