I have three visiting lectures coming up over the next couple of months.
In mid-September, I’ll be speaking at a conference on ‘Identity, Sovereignty, and Global Politics in the Building of Baghdad: From Revolution through the Gulf War and Beyond‘ at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. I’ll be part of an opening plenary session on ‘War and Urbanism’ that seeks to situate the conference itself in a wider context. My paper is tentatively titled ‘Crises of Territorial Integrity: Iraq and Nigeria’ and I’ll try to relate Boko Haram and the Islamic State to some of the arguments I made in Terror and Territory and my ongoing work on urban territory. While there I’ll be taking part in some other events, including a discussion with Neil Brenner’s Urban Theory Lab and a book launch for Henri Lefebvre’s Towards an Architecture of Enjoyment with Neil, Tom Conley, Łukasz Stanek and others (further details here).
Only a couple of days after I get back from the US I’ll be heading to Holland to give the second Groningen lecture on Modes of Reasoning. I’ve mentioned this previously on this blog. The title will be ‘Globe, Governmentality, Geopolitics’ – a developed version of a talk I gave in Waterloo and Zurich last year. There will be a follow-up seminar the next day.
In November I’ll be giving another version of that material at the New Developments in Theory lecture at the University of Basel, under the title ‘Geopolitics, Geopower, Geometrics’. There will be a workshop the following day on ‘Space, Territory, Literature‘ at which some of my work on Shakespeare will be discussed, along with graduate student presentations.
None of these talks are on Foucault – though the Groningen and Basel ones will mention him. I’m still working hard on the Foucault’s Last Decade manuscript, though I’ll have to put it aside for a while to write these papers. I’m hoping to finish the draft of Chapter Seven before term starts though.
All the details of forthcoming talks are here.