Future Projects

Recent and future work is on three projects.


Foucault’s Last Decade was published in April 2016 by Polity Press. A second book Foucault: The Birth of Power, looking at the 1969-74 period, will be published in February 2017. You can read more about the books on a dedicated page here, which has part of the proposals, links to updates on their writing and some recordings of talks. Longer term I plan to work on earlier periods of Foucault’s career, which will be partly dependent on the availability of archival material and/or publication of  pre-Collège de France courses.

Shakespearean Territories

This book project uses a number of Shakespeare’s plays to think through various aspects of the question of territory. I have published early versions of the chapters on King Lear and Coriolanus, and given lectures on Hamlet, King John, Richard II, Henry V,  among other plays. More details including links to online material here.

Rethinking Geopolitics

Further ahead I want to contribute to work rethinking the notion of the ‘geo’ in geopolitics, to make this connect to land, earth and the world as an alternative to the globe and globalisation. It builds on earlier work on theorisations of the world in Lefebvre, Axelos, Fink, Sloterdijk, Badiou and Meillassoux. It links to some work I’ve been doing around ideas of volume and the volumetric, and the notion of terrain. Some further thoughts are outlined in a paper under the title of ‘Earth’ (audio recording here); and a keynote lecture under the title of ‘Geo-metrics’ (audio recording here). Some of this work relates to The Project on Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World (the ICE LAW Project), led by Phil Steinberg (more here).


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