Monthly Archives: June 2010

Melancology conference

This is one of the more unusual conference calls I’ve seen in a while… A new word is required that conjoins ‘black’ and ‘ecology’: melancology, a word in which can be heard the melancholy affect appropriate to the conjunction. … Continue reading

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Iraq war legal advice published

The legal advice given to Tony Blair in the run-up to the Iraq war makes for interesting reading. In a 2007 piece I discussed the shifts between memos prepared by Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General, on 7th and 17th March 2003. … Continue reading

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Paul Ennis has a post about his nearly completed book Continental Realism (nice title, and interesting t.o.c.) Graham Harman has a fascinating post about reading, note-taking, planning, writing and editing here. I don’t work much like this – for a start, I … Continue reading

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New Geographies

Many people will know that of the US Ivy League institutions only Dartmouth College still has a geography programme. But Harvard’s Graduate School of Design has been putting out some interesting issues of a new journal entitled New Geographies. Geography … Continue reading

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Descartes on Hobbes

Hobbes didn’t impress everyone. From a letter Descartes wrote to Mersenne on Hobbes. unless I am very much mistaken, he is aiming to make his reputation at my expense, and by dishonest means (The Correspondence Volume I, 100). He then … Continue reading

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If this letter from me is untimely, you may punish me by not replying: I shall be satisfied simply to have expressed my feelings towards you. I think I have read most of your works, partly in separate volumes and … Continue reading

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Academic labours

A major piece of editing and translating work is Thomas Hobbes, The Correspondence Volume I: 1622-1659, and Volume II: 1660-1679, edited by Noel Malcolm, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994. The correspondence was previously only available in part, but Malcolm gathered all … Continue reading

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I’ve been without decent internet in the past few days. So England lost the football, but they won the cricket again, to take a 3-0 lead in a five match series against Australia. I’ve also been reading lots of Hobbes. This … Continue reading

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New Foucault journal

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Cartographica – new editor required

Cartographica requires a new editor – Jeremy Crampton is coming to the end of his term. CALL FOR EDITOR Cartographica The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization   Applications are invited for the editorship of Cartographica. The University of … Continue reading

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