My name is Stuart Elden and this is a site about politics, philosophy and geography, interesting books, my own writing and whatever else comes to mind.

I’m a Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick, in the Politics and International Studies department. I hold an adjunct appointment as Monash Warwick Professor in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University as part of the Monash-Warwick Alliance. I was previously Professor of Political Geography at Durham University, where I was one of the Directors of the Institute of Advanced Study and the Academic Director of the International Boundaries Research Unit.

Between 2006 and 2015 I was editor of the journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Since 2011 the editorial team have run a companion open site at www.societyandspace.com I now edit a Society and Space book series with Sage. I have also served as review editor of the Review of International Political Economy and was a founding editor of Foucault Studies. I serve on the board of Foucault Studies, Theory, Culture and Society, Geographica Helvetica, and Journal of Urban Cultural Studies.

My interests range fairly widely between philosophy, politics, geography, literature and history. My work has predominantly looked at several European thinkers, principally Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault and Henri Lefebvre, but also Immanuel Kant, Gottfried Leibniz, Peter Sloterdijk, Kostas Axelos and Eugen Fink; and at the question of territory – conceptually, historically and politically. I’m the author of seven books and the editor of eight. My most recent books Foucault’s Last Decade and Foucault: The Birth of Power were published by Polity in 2016 and 2017. On these projects see this page. I am now working on a book on Shakespeare, on the very early Foucault, and on the relation between geopolitics and debates about earth, terrain and volume.

My articles have appeared in journals in a range of disciplines, and some articles and chapters have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Croatian, Turkish, Russian, Farsi, Hebrew and Korean. The Birth of Territory is forthcoming in Chinese translation, books on Lefebvre and Foucault forthcoming in Korean, and other translations are in discussion.

I’ve been fortunate to receive awards for some of my work. Terror and Territory won the Association of American Geographers Globe book award, the Political Geography specialty group Julian Minghi award and the Royal Geographical Society Murchison award; The Birth of Territory won the Association of American Geographers Meridian book award and was joint-winner of the inaugural Global Discourse book award. I was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2013.

You can find a list of future talks here and free downloads here. Forthcoming papers, including some preprints, are here. Some resources, including reading guides, bibliographies, a few short translations, etc. are here.

When I’m not working I enjoy cycling, watching cricket, theatre and a range of music.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions and responses is here. Please note that while I welcome comments, they need to be accompanied by a valid email address. Comments using false email addresses, false names, multiple false identities from a single IP address, etc. will not be posted. I’d rather not have to turn comments off, but I will ‘trash’ anything inappropriate. In the Middle has a moderation policy that provides a good justification for the kind of comments I would like to see here.

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26 Responses to About

  1. Neil Brenner says:

    Nice blog, dude 🙂 Very good stuff, very interesting and amusing. Much better than facebook nonsense, for sure.

  2. Jean Hillier says:

    Great stuff! Looking forward to the Kant book.

  3. bosevaZoran says:

    Thanks for the material…
    I have to write, but turned to reading, and I am not sorry….

  4. Andre de Macedo Duarte says:

    I’ve known some of your texts, mainly the Focault and Heidegger book, Mapping the present, and have become very interested in your blog. I’m a Brazilian scholar doing my post-phd at University of Paris 7 and I’m very interested in getting information on Foucault’s colloquia and discussions. Hope we can meet personally sometime!

  5. thanks for linking to continent. we hope you have a lovely new year!

  6. Hi, is there any way for me to reach you? I am a filmmaker in New York and I wrote a screenplay that takes some ideas from Foucault, sort of exploring it from a “what if someone lived his life according to these ideas” starting point.

    I would love to be able to establish contact with you, so here is my email –



    Crystal Stevens

  7. Michael says:

    Hi and congratulations for your website.

    Does someone have a clue if Lefebvre’s ‘De l’Etat’ has been translated in English at all?

    Thank you

  8. allthingsgeography1 says:

    Congratulations! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award and posted a link to your blog on my page. You have excellent posts here and I hope others will come, gain insights and be involved in discussions. (http://allthingsgeography1.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/versatile-blogger-award/)

  9. Ernestina says:

    Dear Stuart

    I’ve had an opportunity to engage some of your works at a very basic Masters level and I must say that I find your writing and articulation of Lefebvre deeply satisfying. When do you think you’d have time to transport some of those ideas to help out budding scholars in Africa and South Africa to be precise, to make sense of the social, physical and capital world we’re experiencing? Particularly from the perspective of Rhythm-analysis.

    Kind regards

    • stuartelden says:

      Thanks Ernestina. I haven’t worked on Lefebvre for some time – the last was when Neil Brenner and I put together the State, Space, World collection and a related essays in 2007-2008. I don’t know what I could do around African questions in relation to his work, but I hope people find his ideas useful – I suspect the analysis of state mode of production and state spatial strategies would be at least as useful as Rhythmanalysis. I don’t know South Africa well – only visited twice – but I am beginning to do some work on Nigeria, and am visiting different parts of the African continent fairly regularly these days.

  10. very interesting posts. Maybe you could also have a look at my essay “Street art as producer of urban imaginary” http://urbanmethexis.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/street-art-as-producer-of-urban-imaginary/

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  12. Absolutely fascinating stuff. Thank you for the wonderful blog, and I’ll be coming back regularly.

  13. Hello Stuart, I’ve recently begun a photography project online called The Convivial Camera ~ exploring photography as an everyday social practice. https://www.facebook.com/groups/134761096710163/ . I’ve found that you, and other people you’ve connected with through twitter, give me a sense of how I may situate my project and begin to form reflections, perspectives and possible directions. Your blog, writing and tweets have been helpful in giving me some confidence in attempting to do this project online. My background is in photography and education and I’m particularly interested in how the online space (time?) can be (become) an interface between abstract concepts (thinking and reflecting together) and concrete actions (conversations and projects together in public space). I’m still trying to find my feet with this project. Any specific thoughts would be appreciated. But I wrote this mainly to say thanks for being online.

  14. Ana Perry says:

    no Yi-Fu Tuan category?

  15. Lynn says:

    Hi, I’m Lynn from Singapore. I’m turning 19 this year and did my A levels in November 2013. I’m going to Durham university in UK to do BA Geography and I’m so excited about it! Your blog is very relevant to students all over and a great reference and inspiration too.

    The system in Singapore(the little red dot) is a pressure cooker. I’m glad to be out of school at the moment. I’ve heard the UK can be very academic too, but I’m a full-blown nerd so that’s fine. Just that when all your schoolmates spend all their time mugging and being math geniuses, the atmosphere just feels toxic. I want to be in a place where I learn Geography because I love it, not because I want to impress people with awesome grades. I have a feeling Durham would be a good place for that. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’ll see. I’m looking forward to September.

    Your blog is a great reference to so many students, and not just those doing Geography. Everything connects, even if I have to find an abstract sort of linkage. But that’s what I love about this subject. It is everything under the sun, in a nutshell. Thanks again for your very practical and well-run blog!

    • stuartelden says:

      Thanks Lynn. I think you’ll find Durham a very interesting place, with some great staff and students. I’m no longer there, but my ex-colleagues and friends will give you a warm welcome. Good luck with your studies.

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  18. Farzane says:

    Dear Sturat Elden,

    While doing my PhD, I read that Foucault conducted a research with an architectural group or school to explore the residential building (in particular, he was fascinated by the centrality of the chimneys in the formation of the houses in US). I think it was during his residency at Berkeley.
    Unfortunately I have lost my reference. And I am not sure if these pieces that I remember are correct or not.
    I would appreciate if you help me find the reference or guide me to a source/person that could help me through.
    -Apology if this is not a proper place to leave this question.

    • stuartelden says:

      I don’t know about his doing extensive research on this, but he makes remarks about chimneys in houses in the ‘Space, Knowledge, Power’ interview with Paul Rabinow, which first appeared in the Architecture journal Skyline in 1982 and then in The Foucault Reader and other collections. Rabinow is of course at Berkeley, so perhaps that’s the link. He did do research on architecture, both in terms of the hospital with CERFI in the mid 1970s, and for an edited collections Politiques de l’habitat in 1977.

  19. N Filbert says:

    I really appreciate your work and the presence/function of this blog as well. Eager to look further in…

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