Emergency Response

Really lovely to see my work with Ben and Steve Graham is being read. Interested readers might want to look out for a special issue of Theory, Culture and Society that we’ve edited on Governing Emergencies out soon including papers from Stephen Collier and Andrew Lakoff, Melinda Cooper, Marieke de Goede and Stephanie Simon, Claudia Aradau, Derek McCormack, and Sven Opitz and Ute Tellman

geographical imaginations

I’ve been catching up on a stream of publications by Pete Adeyand Ben Anderson on emergencies, including ‘Affect and security: exercising emergency in UK “civil contingencies”‘, Society & Space 29(6) (2011) 1092-1109; ‘Anticipating emergencies: Technologies of preparedness and the matter of security’, Security dialogue 43 (2) (2012) 99-117; and ‘Governing events and life: “Emergency” in UK Civil Contingencies’, Political Geography 31 (1) (2012) 24-33.

This has been prompted by a continuing conversation with Theo Price about a series of political/artistic interventions under the rubric of COBRA RES, in which he’s invited me to take part. COBRA, as many readers will know, is

the British Government’s emergency response committee set up to respond to a national or regional crisis. Standing for Cabinet Office Briefing Room A [below], the COBRA Committee comes together in moments of perceived crisis under the chairmanship of either the Prime Minister or the…

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