“10 Things Video Games….” Taught me!

By Dray Agha Jordan Webber and Daniel Griliopoulos’ 2017 book ‘10 Things Video Games Can Teach Us About Life, Philosophy, And Everything’ argues that philosophy offers a bridge between the virtual world and physical world. Video games are their chosen examples of how the virtual can influence different ‘truths’ in our lives, through philosophy. As…

Exploration, mobility and geographical imaginaries: the living geography of polar spaces

By Alice Oates From Antarctic exploration to birth and death, the human body has played a complicated role in the performance of statecraft and discovery in the Polar Regions. Mastery of cold spaces by the white male body has become almost legendary through explorers like Shackleton and Scott (Spufford, 1996), and throughout polar history was…

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…

‘Having enough patriotism’: Gibraltar, nuclear submarines and cultures of loyalty

HMS Superb sails by Gibraltar, May 1993 Source: http://atlanticsentinel.com/2013/08/britain-threatens-legal-action-over-gibraltar-as-warship-sets-sail/hms-superb-submarine/ For the last twelve months or so, there has been a flurry of press commentary and curt MOD statements regarding the future of Britain’s nuclear deterrent (and this has attracted a great deal of international observation as well), or more exactly where it might be housed in…

Bordering Strangeness Workshop: Using film to illuminate distance, strangeness and redemptive transgressions

Organised by Prof. Chris Rumford, Dr. Agnes Woolley and Elizabeth Alexander, PhD Researcher Royal Holloway University of London Sponsored by The Security and Sustainability Theme at Royal Holloway University of London   Sixteen academics, graduate students and practitioners from assorted disciplines gathered in London on April 2nd for ‘Bordering Strangeness’ – a highly interactive workshop on the use of film as…