As part of my visit to Amsterdam between April and June I’m organising the first of the two Territory sub-theme workshops of the ICE-LAW Project. It will be on 12 May 2017.
This workshop critically examines the extent to which concepts of territory depend upon an assumption of a stable and dry land. How are these complicated by indeterminate and changing environments? Such environments include oceans, sea-ice, glaciers, rivers, the submarine and the subterranean. While commonly understood as a bounded space under the control of a group of people, territory embodies a complex bundle of relations – political, geographical, economic, strategic, legal and technical. Questions of the materiality of territory – what might be called the question of terrain – remain underexplored. While the question of ice is at the heart of this project’s concerns, many of the issues raised apply to other parts of the Earth, and indeed to an adequate political-legal theory of territory more generally. Essentially the key question of this workshop is to begin thinking how theories of territory can better account for the complexities of the geophysical?
Participants include Luiza Bialasiewicz, Johanne Bruun, Stuart Elden, Juliet Fall, Marieke de Goede, Moriel Ram, Isobel Roele, Rachael Squire, Phil Steinberg and Darshan Vigneswaran.