The Geo-politics of Arctic Sustainability

By Klaus Dodds Having spent a very pleasant few days in Nuuk Greenland (as part of a University of Aalborg-led project called ‘POLITICS OF POSTCOLONIALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN THE ARCTIC’) I have refined my thinking about what such a topic might entail. Listening to scholars from Denmark, Norway, UK and the United States, it was…

Watching Skyfall: Geopolitics, gender and power

By Alice Oates We recently attended a screening and discussion of Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012) courtesy of the RHUL Geography Society and Prof Klaus Dodds; an enjoyable evening that raised many interesting questions about geopolitics, mobility and gender in the Craig-era of the Bond franchise. Topics ranged from the popular representation of global terrorist networks…

Listening to War, or War Voices

I’ve just been reading google’s preview snippets of, from what i can garner, an amazing forthcoming book by J. Martin Daughtry titled Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq, out with OUP in November. In the book Daughtry introduces the notion of the belliphonic or bellum [war] and phone [voice], and his book focuses on the various…

Geopoliticus Child: Drone Workshop in Neuchatel

I’m on my way back from a fantastic if sweltering conference hosted by Francisco Klauser and Silvano Pedrozo in Neuchatel, yards from the beautiful lake. The workshop was titled ‘Power and Space in the Drone Age’ and opened to a wonderful start with a keynote from Jeremy Crampton on drone assemblages, algorithmic lives, and their…

India’s Daughter: #banBBC

India is engulfed in a media storm, with the British Broadcasting Corporation at its epicentre.  The BBC stands accused of commissioning and broadcasting a documentary that is part of a worldwide ‘conspiracy to defame India’. The film, India’s Daughter, examines the the gang rape and murder of a 23 year old female student, Jyoti Singh, in…

The Martial Heavens

Thanks to Amy Cutler for alerting me to Matthew Flintham’s mesmerising looking exhibition on airspaces titled The Martial Heavens, held at the Ex Libris Gallery in Newcastle this month. You can read more about the exhibition here. PA

Embodying Militarism

In late September i missed the chance to attend a fascinating workshop in Cardiff organised by Lauren Greenwood and Synne Laastad Dyvik on Embodying Militarism. The workshop had a great lineup of speakers, including our own Pip Thornton. The organisers have sent me the report of the workshop, link below. They are planning a special…

Magna Carta: spaces of commemoration

Yesterday Alasdair Pinkerton, Nick Allen and I spent the day filming in nearby Runnymede meadow as part of a resource the University are creating to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. We actually use the site every year, particularly the American Bar Association’s commemorative memorial designed by Edward Maufe, and…