Steve Graham’s Vertical, and the start of term


Steve Graham’s new book Vertical was waiting for me in the post-room this morning and it looks completely dazzling, it is so good to see it out.

We’re also a couple of weeks into the start of term and we’ve been getting to know our new MSc students to the programme for 2016-17, just as we undergo our examination board for the previous year. Tomorrow I’m taking a couple of classes, the first on the topic of What is Security; the second will be a discussion in my Resilience and the Governing of Emergency class on ‘Exception as a Paradigm of Government’ led by students Adeola Omisore and Alex Manby.

It has been a quiet summer on the blog, but a very busy one for many of us. Klaus Dodds has been working  with Lisa Funnell (University of Oklahoma) to complete their new book: The Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond (published by Palgrave in November 2016) which explores in some detail the representational and embodied geographies of the James Bond film franchise (from Dr No to Spectre, encompassing a 50 year time frame). Klaus’s book Ice has also been completed with Reaktion.

Alasdair Pinkerton has, with Matt Benwell, recent published the paper ‘Brexit and the British Overseas Territories: Changing Perspectives on Security’ in the RUSI Journal, and will be doing some media on the topic tomorrow morning.

I’ve also just been to a couple of fantastic workshops, the first at Queens Belfast organised by Tom Walker, Mike Bourne, Dan Bulley, Heather Johnson, Debbie Lisle and Bal Sokhi-Bulley on Treating People as Objects, where I presented from our Military and Social Media project and had a little bit of a rant about the politics and ethics of the project (!), alongside great talks by Alex Hall (York) and Dan Bulley (Queens). And the second, Data, People, Objects: The Security Governance and Infrastructures of Contemporary Mobilities,  organised by David Grondin, Anne-Marie D’Aoust, Karine Côté-Boucher, Anthony Amicelle, and Mireille Paquet held in Montreal, where it was wonderful to present on a panel with Véronique Fortin (Université de Sherbrooke) exploring the legal complexities of policing homeless urban populations and the bureaucratic slippages of the ‘ticket’, and William Walters (Carleton) on his terrific deportation work and a kind of aerial geo-politics. 

Rachael Squire will also be joining us as a Lecturer in Human Geography from January following her PhD (also at Royal Holloway) on political volumes, maritime spaces and the cold war Sealab Project.

We’ll also be ramping up our blogging activities and see the new group curate and explore their work on the blog.

More to come!




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