Recent and future work is on four projects.
Foucault’s Last Decade was published in April 2016 and Foucault: The Birth of Power in January 2017, both by Polity Press. You can read more about the books on a dedicated page here, which has part of the proposals, links to updates on their writing, some recordings of talks and links to interviews and discussions. I am now working on previous periods of Foucault’s career, initially for a book entitled The Early Foucault, looking at c.1950-1961. This research will be partly dependent on the availability of archival material and the publication of pre-Collège de France courses. There are a series of updates on the research for this book here.
A side project on Georges Canguilhem, for a book in Polity’s Key Contemporary Thinkers series is also underway (more details here).
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, and Henry IV, Part I, among other plays. A draft manuscript is complete and will be revised in the summer. More details including links to online material here.
Geopolitics and Terrain
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, and links to some work I’ve been doing around ideas of volume and the volumetric, and the notion of terrain. 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 at Durham University (more here). I am leading the Territory sub-project, and the first workshop of that theme was held in Amsterdam on 12 May 2017. There is a report on what we discussed here. The second workshop should be held at Warwick in the autumn.