Category Archives: Theory

My favourite academic books of 2017

  I don’t think I read as many new books this year as previous years, and the ‘to read’ piles get ever higher… But these are the academic books published in 2017 which I particularly liked: Update: the lists for … Continue reading

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Danger, Crime and Rights: A 1983 Conversation between Michel Foucault and Jonathan Simon – published in Theory, Culture & Society

“Danger, Crime and Rights: A Conversation between Michel Foucault and Jonathan Simon” has just been published by Theory, Culture and Society (Online First). The discussion from 1983 was previously only available as a recording in the Bancroft library at UC Berkeley. Katie Dingley … Continue reading

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Academic Books of 2015 – my top twenty

The vast majority of academic reading in 2015 was related to Foucault, with a lot of Shakespeare work along the way. Many of these were published some time ago. These were the twenty books published in 2015 I read and most … Continue reading

Posted in Books, David Farrell Krell, Foucault's Last Decade, Foucault: The Birth of Power, Haim Yacobi, Jacques Derrida, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Jenny Edkins, Judith Butler, Michael Dillon, Michel Foucault, Peter Sloterdijk, Politics, Publishing, Roberto Esposito, Theory, Wendy Brown, William Shakespeare | 7 Comments

#AAG2015 in Chicago – a few final thoughts

Very enjoyable conference in Chicago over the last several days. I’ve said a bit about the two sessions I spoke in – on Ebola and terrain – before. It was a good conference, with some excellent papers. A particular highlight was … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Conferences, Deborah Cowen, Derek Gregory, Events, Jeremy Crampton, Politics, Publishing, Society and Space, Territory, Theory, Travel | Tagged | 1 Comment

Interview with Patricia Owens at E-IR

Interesting interview with Patricia Owens – author of  Between War and Politics: International Relations and the Thought of Hannah Arendt – at E-IR. Here’s one especially good part: Where do you see the most exciting research/debates happening in IR at the moment? … Continue reading

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Michael Watts interviewed by Stuart Elden for Society and Space

There is a long interview I conducted with Michael Watts (University of California, Berkeley) available open access at the Society & Space open site. We talk about, among other things – his first book Silent Violence (recently available in a new edition); … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Clarence J. Glacken, Michael Watts, Politics, Society and Space, Theory, Writing | 4 Comments

The most important academic books to me from 2014

A non-systematic, alphabetically ordered list of the academic books published this year I read and most liked – the photo is of some that were to hand. Louis Althusser, On the Reproduction of Capitalism (Verso) Ben Anderson, Encountering Affect: Capacities, Apparatuses, Conditions (Ashgate) Étienne Balibar, Equaliberty: … Continue reading

Posted in Books, David N. Livingstone, Deborah Cowen, Etienne Balibar, Gaston Gordillo, Grégoire Chamayou, Henri Lefebvre, Jenny Edkins, Mark Neocleous, Michel Foucault, Neil Brenner, Politics, Publishing, Quentin Skinnner, Territory, Theory, William Shakespeare, Writing | 6 Comments

Audio recording of ‘Geopolitics, Geopower, Geometrics’ – New Developments in Theory lecture at the University of Basel, 2014

You can listen to the audio recording of my New Developments in Theory lecture at the University of Basel, ‘Geopolitics, Geopower, Geometrics’, here. The introduction is by Ridvan Askin. I should say that this is very similar to lectures previously … Continue reading

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Ben Anderson, Encountering Affect now published

Ben Anderson’s Encountering Affect: Capacities, Apparatuses, Conditions has now been published. Unfortunately it’s an expensive hardback only, but Chapter One is available open access. Since the mid-1990s, affect has become central to the social sciences and humanities. Debates abound over how … Continue reading

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A Conversation between Stuart Elden and Babette Babich – Fordham University video

A Conversation between Stuart Elden and Babette Babich A long discussion at the Fordham University television studios – ranges across my work and lots of topics, including territory today and historically, Lefebvre, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, Shakespeare… Many thanks to Babette … Continue reading

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