NEWS | The Politics of Antarctica

  It is with pleasure that I report on the publication of a co-edited collection of essays called The Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica. My coeditors were Dr Alan Hemmings from University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and Dr Peder Roberts from KTH University in Stockholm. Over 37 chapters we range widely from considering the…

Congratulations Andreas Haggman!

  It is with pleasure that we can report one of our current PhD students, Andreas Haggman (who is jointly supervised between the Department of Geography and the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security) won the inaugural three minute thesis competition hosted at Cranfield University and their Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium. The event…

CALL FOR PAPERS: At the end of the world: extreme places of the British imagination: Textus n. X – 2016 Culture Issue

Originally posted on Victorian Persistence: Text, Image, Theory:
CALL FOR PAPERS Textus n. X – 2016 Culture Issue At the end of the world: extreme places of the British imagination     Editor: Nicoletta Brazzelli (University of Milan) Co-editor: Frédéric Regard (Paris-Sorbonne University) Foreign copy editor: Patricia Hampton (University of Milan)     Spaces “at…

Antarctica: Why Should We Care?

  Professor Martin Seigert, Co-Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Environment, Imperial College, delivered the 2015 Gordon Manley lecture at Royal Holloway this week. Martin Siegert is a very distinguished glaciologist, and a former Philip Leverhulme Prize holder and Martha T. Muse Prize winner for excellence in Antarctic science and policy. When not working…

SPECTRE – my popular geopolitical review (spoiler alert!)

It is good to have SPECTRE back. The last time we saw the Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion was in Diamonds are Forever (1971), when Bond was battling against Blofeld and his henchmen to save the world from a diamond encrusted satellite weapons system. The operational scope of SPECTRE compelled Bond to…

007 is back! Reflections on the representational and non-representational in geopolitics

Originally posted on Material Sensibilities:
After much anticipation, SPECTRE is finally here. The release of the film has proved timely for our Ludic Geopolitics research. Its themes chime with some of our current writing around popular cultural representations of individuals with elite combat training and their pivotal role in legitimising particular geopolitical logics. More specifically,…

The Scramble for the Poles: Klaus Dodds publishes his new book

Klaus Dodds, Director of the Politics, Development and Sustainability Group and Professor of Geopolitics has just published his latest book, The Scramble for the Poles (Polity 2015). Writing with co-author, Professor Mark Nuttall of the University of Alberta, the book challenges some of the contemporary myths surrounding the contemporary geopolitics of the Arctic and Antarctic.…