ICE-LAW session at the Nordic Geographers conference, Stockholm

Tomorrow I head to Stockholm for the Nordic Geographers conference and my last talk of this academic year. I’ll be presenting as part of this session as part of the ICE-LAW project:

ICE LAW Session

14:15 – 17:00, 19 June 2017, at the Nordic Geographers Meeting, Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University (Frescati Campus, Room Y22), Stockholm, Sweden

1. Stuart Elden, The Materiality of Territory
2. Justiina Dahl, The Material Moral Purpose of the State: International Epistemic Authority Structure and the Northwards Expansion of the European International Society
3. Philip Steinberg, Berit Kristoffersen and Kristen Shake, Edges and Flows: Exploring Legal Materialities and Biophysical Politics at the Sea Ice Edge
4. Johanne Bruun, Terrain, Mobility, and Cold War Military Logistics on the Greenland Ice Sheet
5. Claudio Aporta, Aldo Chircop, Kate Coddington, Stephanie C. Kane and Leah Beveridge, Mobilities and Migrations in Northern Chokepoints: Navigating Risks and Setting Priorities in Geographically Confined Areas
6. Aldo Chircop, Is There Need to Rethink the ‘Rules of the Road’? Challenges for the International Navigation Rules in Arctic Waters
While much of my brief talk will relate to the work I’ve been doing on terrain – I shared a recent lecture on this yesterday – I’m also going to say a bit about the ICE-LAW project’s sub theme meeting in Amsterdam, where several people presented their work; and I might find a moment to say a very little bit about Shakespeare.
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Legal Terrain – video of my London Review of International Law lecture

lrilannuallecturelegalterraineldenIn February 2017 I gave the London Review of International Law annual lecture at SOAS under the title of ‘Legal Terrain: The Political Materiality of Territory’.

The plan is for the written article to appear in the journal later this year. I’ve previously shared a video of another version of the lecture, given in Oslo, but this one helpfully has the images integrated into the presentation.

The introduction to the lecture is by Matthew Craven.

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Refugee movements visualised, 2000-16 [update: and its problems]

Now with a link to Phil Steinberg’s critical commentary.

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Refugee movements visualised, 2000-16 – at mashable

An interactive visualisation – perhaps a good basis for class discussion.

mashableThanks to dmf for the link.

Update: Phil Steinberg has pointed me to a 2015 post in which he explored some of the problems with an earlier form of this visualisation.

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Refugee movements visualised, 2000-16 [update: and its problems]

Refugee movements visualised, 2000-16 – at mashable

An interactive visualisation – perhaps a good basis for class discussion.

mashableThanks to dmf for the link.

Update: Phil Steinberg has pointed me to a 2015 post in which he explored some of the problems with an earlier form of this visualisation.

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Roman roads of Europe – subway-map

Roman roads of Europe reimagined as a subway-map.

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Thanks to Jean-François Thibault for the link. For an interactive Roman route planner, see OmnesViae.

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Books received – Merleau-Ponty, Lacan, Low, Amoore & Piotukh, de Bodt, TCS

Some recently received books, mainly in recompense for review work, along with Saskia de Bodt’s Children of Holland and the new issue of Theory, Culture and Society on ‘Geosocial Formations and the Anthropocene’.

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Interview with Wendy Brown in Theory, Culture & Society

logo95x95Interview with Wendy Brown in Theory, Culture & Society

Redoing the Demos? An Interview with Wendy Brown

Samuel Burgum, Sebastian Raza, & Jorge Vasquez

The following discussion with philosopher and political scientist Wendy Brown seeks to apply her provocative and indispensable ideas to recent political events and problems, in particular focusing on her work in Undoing the Demos (2015) and returning briefly to consider Politics Out of History (2001) in today’s context. The questions were collectively authored and the interview itself was conducted by Sebastian Raza via Skype on 23rd May 2017. We would like to thank Wendy Brown for the generous contribution of her time and for answering the questions so directly and clearly. This interview has also been published in Spanish with the journal Theorein.

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Andrew J. Mitchell, The Fourfold: Reading the Late Heidegger reviewed at NDPR

Mitchell_Cover.inddAndrew J. Mitchell, The Fourfold: Reading the Late Heidegger is reviewed at NDPR by Gary Aylesworth.

Heidegger’s later thought is a thinking of things, so argues Andrew J. Mitchell in The Fourfold. Heidegger understands these things in terms of what he names “the fourfold”—a convergence of relationships bringing together the earth, the sky, divinities, and mortals—and Mitchell’s book is the first detailed exegesis of this neglected aspect of Heidegger’s later thought. As such it provides entrée to the full landscape of Heidegger’s postwar thinking, offering striking new interpretations of the atomic bomb, technology, plants, animals, weather, time, language, the holy, mortality, dwelling, and more. What results is a conception of things as ecstatic, relational, singular, and, most provocatively, as intrinsically tied to their own technological commodification. A major new work that resonates beyond the confines of Heidegger scholarship, The Fourfold proposes nothing less than a new phenomenological thinking of relationality and mediation for understanding the things around us.

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Books received – Gilot, Boehringer and Lorenzini, Debrix, Chimisso, Merleau-Ponty, Sloterdijk, Stratford, Johnston and Sidaway

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A pile of recently received books, many in recompense for review work. The Chimisso and Merleau-Ponty are for the Foucault and Canguilhem projects; but also second-hand copies of Françoise Gilot’s biography Life with Picasso, and Boehringer and Lorenzini’s collection on Foucault, sexuality and antiquity. Also copies of recent books by Debrix and Sloterdijk, and the seventh edition of Johnston and Sidaway’s Geography and Geographers.

Also in the pile is a copy of the Bulgarian journal Социологически проблеми [Sociological Problems] that has translations of the interview conducted with me by Antoinette Koleva which was recently in Foucault Studies; and the excerpt from Foucault: The Birth of Power which appeared in Viewpoint magazine – The Biopolitics of Birth: Michel Foucault, the Groupe Information Santé and the Abortion Rights Struggle.

Finally, Elaine Stratford generously sent me a copy of her book Geographies, Mobilities, and Rhythms over the Life-Course.

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Symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s book Foucault in Iran

image_miniThanks to Chathan Vemuri for this news:
Jadaliyya recently published a six-part symposium on Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi’s book Foucault in Iran.
Here is part 1
Here is part 2
Here is part 3
Here is part 4
Here is part 5
Here is part 6
Here is the author’s response
Here is an interview with the author about the book for Jadaliyya
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