Jef Huysmans – ‘Being on the Line: Citizenship, Identities and Governance in Times of Crises’. Keynote 8th May 2014

I first came across Jef Huysmans’ work when researching my PhD proposal, and was particularly interested by his semiotic approach to the study of security in his 1998 paper ‘Security! What Do You Mean? From Concept to Thick Signifier’. More recently as part of my Geopolitics and Cybersecurity PhD training I have been looking at … Continue reading

Bank Notes and the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

  Recently, my colleague Al Pinkerton and University of Keele political geographer Matt Benwell (a former PhD student at Royal Holloway) wrote about the importance of the creative when it comes to understanding geopolitics and diplomacy in the context of the Falklands/Malvinas. Their article was published in the journal Political Geography. Hot off the press … Continue reading

The submarine and the icy surface

The submarine and the icy surface

This posting forms part of a series of ‘Polar Posts’ by our MSc students as part of their work in Klaus Dodds’ Geopolitics of the Polar Regions class. We will be adding further Polar Posts in the coming months. Writing on the ‘surficial qualities of camouflage’, Isla Forsyth, explores the importance of human and technological … Continue reading

Edward Snowden: Naughty Step or Pedestal?

Edward Snowden: Naughty Step or Pedestal?

By Pip Thornton. Pip is a PhD student in Geopolitics & Cybersecurity  researching representations, perceptions and constructions of the figure of the soldier in geopolitical and cyber spaces/places. Last Friday RHUL MSc Geopolitics and Security students were invited to participate in a debate hosted by the first intake of the Cybersecurity Centre for Doctoral Training, with … Continue reading

A Biopolitics of Emergency

Originally posted on Governing Emergencies:
Last week, I gave a lecture at the Welsh DTC (Doctoral Training Centre) theory school entitled ‘A Biopolitics of Emergency’. It was really good to catch up with friends, and meet some new postgrads doing really interesting work. The lecture was trying to bring together two strands of my current…