Raul Pacheco-Vega’s research resources

I’ve linked to Raul Pacheco-Vega’s research and writing technique posts several times. He had now got a page which collects these – grouped into categories.

I have blogged a lot about a broad variety of different topics. Many people ask me if I can point them out to specific blog posts in a certain area, and it’s hard for me to remember or to have them handy. To that end, I have decided to create a Resources page. Here, you will find a list of topics, and a series of sub-pages with blog posts in that specific subject area.

For example, if you are looking for resources to help you improve your academic writing (how to conduct literature reviews, how to get out of a writing rut), you may want to check the resources under “Academic Writing”. If you are looking for stuff I have written on how to use social networking sites to improve your teaching, research, to communicate with students, you may want to look under “Social Media”.

Each Resources page is independent, but I have cross-linked them all here. I listed a couple of blog posts under each category, but you can find all the blog posts associated with the topic in its separate page.

Well worth a look – though of course, not everything that works for him will work for all.

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The geography of AibBnB listings

Another analysis of Airbnb – thanks to Sung-Yueh Perng for this link.

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I have been working for a while now with the data produced by the InsideAirBnB project. I teach students how to map and analyse these kinds of datasets when they are learning to use geographic information software. The data are really useful to understand how the city changes, how urban unevenness plays out and what can be done to undermine the ‘sharing economy’. That last phrase in particular, the sharing economy, is very pernicious. Sharing usually involves me giving you something and, maybe, you giving me something. In the case of AirBnB, money is given over for a space to sleep and eat.  That doesn’t sound like sharing to me but old fashioned marketised social relations. The same goes for the gig economy: the last time I went to a gig, I wasn’t asked up on stage to pound out a few tunes with The Unthanks.

This morning, I read that Dublin City…

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Paul Gilroy interview on ‘There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack’ 30 years on

0226294277.jpg30 years ago There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation was published. Philip Dodd talks to the author Professor Paul Gilroy about its impact and whether discussions about race and culture in Britain have moved on or not.

BBC podcast – thanks to dmf for the link.

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Airbnb and gentrification in New York

A fascinating analysis of the effects of Airbnb rentals in New York City.

David Wachsmuth

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For the last several months I’ve been working with Alexander Weisler (a recent MUP graduate from the School of Urban Planning at McGill) on a paper which explores the connection between short-term rentals and gentrification. We use a case study of Airbnb in New York City, based on a lot of number crunching, GIS, and interviews with community organizations and policymakers. The paper is nearly finished, and I’ll upload it here once it’s ready. But in the meantime (and recognizing that it will be a year or more before the paper makes it through peer review and the publishing process), I wanted to provide a quick tour of the arguments and evidence, using the near-final maps I’ve spent the last several weeks making.

The thesis of the paper is that Airbnb is systematically creating a new kind of rent gap. Following Neil Smith’s original argument, we normally think of rent gaps as emerging…

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Peter Gratton, The non-argument argument that links Derrida et al. to Trump

Peter Gratton, The non-argument argument that links Derrida et al. to Trump – at Philosophy in a Time of Error

I’m grateful that Peter took the trouble to write this – there have been some ridiculous  claims being made.

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Colin Koopman, Why Foucault’s work on power is more important than ever – Aeon Essays

Colin Koopman, ‘Why Foucault’s work on power is more important than ever‘ – Aeon Essays

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Foucault: The Birth of Power now available worldwide

FBP cover.jpgFoucault: The Birth of Power is now available worldwide. The book is published by Polity, and the design fits with Foucault’s Last Decade which came out in 2016. There is a lot about Foucault’s political activism in this second book, so the covers make a nice contrasting pair. More information on the two books here. As regular readers know, I am now working on a book entitled The Early Foucault, looking at his research in the 1950s, leading to the History of Madness.

Michel Foucault’s The Archaeology of Knowledge was published in March 1969; Discipline and Punish in February 1975. Although only six years apart, the difference in tone is stark: the former is a methodological treatise, the latter a call to arms. What accounts for the radical shift in Foucault’s approach?

Foucault’s time in Tunisia had been a political awakening for him, and he returned to a France much changed by the turmoil of 1968. He taught at the experimental University of Vincennes and then moved to a prestigious position at the Collège de France. He quickly became involved in activist work concerning prisons and health issues such as abortion rights, and in his seminars he built research teams to conduct collaborative work, often around issues related to his lectures and activism.

Foucault: The Birth of Power makes use of a range of archival material, including newly available documents at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, to provide a detailed intellectual history of Foucault as writer, researcher, lecturer and activist. Through a careful reconstruction of Foucault’s work and preoccupations, Elden shows that, while Discipline and Punish may be the major published output of this period, it rests on a much wider range of concerns and projects.

Foucault: The Birth of Power opens an illuminating window into the process of political awakening and philosophical transformation as intellectual history. Drawing on lectures, talks and unpublished as well as published material, Stuart Elden has marshalled the contents of a massive archive to substantiate this pivotal period in the development of one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century.’
Caren Kaplan, University of California, Davis

‘This is a brilliant prequel to Elden’s masterful book, Foucault’s Last Decade. Here, Elden offers a meticulous, erudite reading of the thinker’s early years at the Collège de France – a critical time in the arc of his research, which included seminars and conferences on disciplinary power, with deep political engagement and activism on behalf of prisoners. With his unmatched knowledge of Foucault, Elden unearths key intellectual moments and carefully traces Foucault’s intellectual journey to the mid-1970s, the publication of Discipline and Punish and the lectures on psychiatric power. Foucault: The Birth of Power is the perfect reading companion to Foucault’s “power-knowledge” period.’
Bernard Harcourt, Columbia University

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CfP – Imaginaries of Connectivity and the Creation of Novel Spaces of Governance

CfP – Imaginaries of Connectivity and the Creation of Novel Spaces of Governance

2-3 November 2017, University of Groningen

Annual workshop on Modes of Reasoning of the Chair Group on History and Theory of International Relations

Keynote speaker

Ricardo Padrón, Associate Professor Univ. Virginia (Author of The Spacious World: Cartography, Literature, and Empire in Early Modern Spain. Currently completing a monograph about the transpacific imagination in sixteenth century Spanish imperialism)

Call for papers

This workshop addresses the problem of how the creation of novel spaces of governance, physical and virtual, relates to imaginaries of connectivity in time.

Whereas the study of international relations has traditionally focused on the role of agency and structure in power relations, the affects, beliefs, attitudes, and practices that intervene in how groups of people connect in given times (their imaginaries of connectivity), have not attracted much scholarly attention. Thus, for example, the political denomination of (maritime) spaces such as the North Sea, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, to name but some; as well as the creation of virtual spaces such as the Internet, social media, and the cyber domain, relate to particular imaginaries of connectivity that are rarely reflected upon. Doing so opens up the possibility of understanding the situatedness of power relations as event.

Inasmuch as new spaces of connectivity are understood as created, they relate also to claims of novelty, as the human ability ‘to introduce absolute beginnings into reality’ (Blumenberg 1985, 169). Similarly, for Arendt, it is action – as a mode of human togetherness – that introduces novelty into the world (Arendt 1998). While the possibility of the new is thus a necessary condition for politics, the human capacity for novelty has also historically produced large-scale destruction of both existing human societies and the planetary environment. On the other hand, novelty as a particularly human capacity has been recently called into question by various non-anthropocentric perspectives (Roudavski and McCormack 2016; Braidotti 2013; Harman 2005). Dislocating the production of novelty from the human subject poses important questions regarding the possibility of governing such novel spaces as well as the possibility of practicing politics in their midst.

This workshop aims to bring together the three interrelated problems of connectivity, novelty, and spatiality to reflect on the creation of spaces of governance in time. It invites papers that address the connections of these problems in any historical moment. The following are suggestions, although not prescriptions, of sites for interrogation.

 ·      Mapping practices and cartographic developments in relation to regimes of governance

·      Epistemologies of spatial governance

·      Visualisations of global and international spaces

·      Post-Euclidean problematisations of political space(s), e.g. Heterotopias (Foucault 1986), thirdspaces (Soja 1996); productions of space (Lefebvre 1992)

·      The public global(s) and the international

·      Imperialisms, ideologies and religions

·      Modes of reasoning about order, power and governance

·      Deleuzian-inspired analyses of surfaces of connectivity

·      Modes of governing the connectivity of human and biophysical systems

·      Post-anthropocentric novelty and the problem of politics

·      Geopolitics as connectivity effects


This workshop is funded by SWLCONNECTIVITY, a European Commission IF-EF Horizon 2020 project, id. 657750.

Some funding for travel within Europe as well as accommodation can be made available, especially for PhD students. Please express your interest in funding when applying.

Deadline for abstracts: 6 April 2017

Please email abstracts of no more than 200 words to imaginariesofconnectivity@gmail.com

Decisions on acceptance will be sent by mid-April and final papers will be expected by 9 October.


Chair Group on History and Theory of International Relations, University of Groningen


Contact: Prof. Luis Lobo-Guerrero (l.e.lobo-guerrero@rug.nl)

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Stress fractures: one year on

One year on from her important piece about academic stress, mental health and audit culture, Liz Morrish reflects on the reactions to the piece. Several other interesting pieces on her blog Academic Irregularities, of which Resist, Insist, Persist is a recent one worth reading.

Academic Irregularities

It is about a year ago since I posted The Kindness of Strangers. It quickly found a lot of readers worldwide. As it travelled, the Times Higher asked my permission to republish it on their blog where it trended for several days. I was obliged to take it down by my former employer, and they forbade me to write any more on stress. The events that unfolded after that are alluded to in this recent piece. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/why-audit-culture-made-me-quit I quit my job to reclaim my academic freedom, and I am now reposting the original piece below.

The post was never about just one university. It was clear from the responses that the issues resonated with many academics at different institutions in different countries, and they continue to do so. Management by metrics is not the provenance of any one higher education system, and neither is the damage to mental health…

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La Revue Recherches – all but one now available online (at a price)

13I’ve mentioned the Recherches review more than a few times, because it was set up by Félix Guattari, and Foucault was involved in some discussions published in the journal. These conversations led to some collaborative work (a full bibliography here), some of which appeared in the Encres series also linked to the CERFI research institute. I discuss this work in my two books on Foucault.

Now all the issues of the journal – bar one – are now available online. I found library or second-hand copies of the key ones I needed for my Foucault research, but it’s useful to know there is a single place to go if I ever need another volume. The one issue not included online is issue 12, Trois milliards de pervers, which caused quite a bit of controversy at the time, and led to prosecution for obscenity. That issue has recently be reissued as a book, which is why it’s not available on the site. Here’s the rest of the information about the Recherches review going online.

Les éditions Recherches ont souhaité remettre à la disposition des lecteurs l’ensemble des numéros de la Revue Recherches, fondée par Felix Guattari, éditée par la Fgeri puis le Cerfi de 1965 à 1983, dont presque tous les numéros sont épuisés en papier depuis de nombreuses années. Tous les titres (sauf le 12) sont disponibles en version numérique sur la page Revue Recherches. Cette page a été récemment enrichie de nouveaux documents (articles, textes divers, numéros spéciaux) que nous vous invitons à consulter.

Quelques informations en lien avec l’historique de Recherches :

— parution récente aux éditions Recherches de
L’adolescent «fragile». Peut-on prédire en psychiatrie?, de Laelia Benoit.

— réédition chez notre partenaire La Chambre d’échos de
Le dit du brut, de Francis Bérezné,
où La grande Pâque, de Jacques Besse, est toujours disponible.

— Prolongation de la belle exposition «Les Hystériques» de Francis Bérezné
à la Halle Saint Pierre, Paris 19e, jusqu’au 20 mars.

NB. Au cours de vérifications récentes, nous avons observé qu’un certain nombre de commandes de numéros de la revue sont interrompues en cours de processus, avec des tentatives réitérées semblant indiquer que c’était involontaire. Si vous n’avez pu vous procurer un titre que vous souhaitiez, nous vous invitons à vous mettre en contact avec nous à ce sujet : editions-recherches@wanadoo.fr

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