Dredging geopolitics: Moving dirt, silt and sand

Source: http://www.janes.com/article/46083/china-building-airstrip-capable-island-on-fiery-cross-reef   Recently, satellite photos have been released purporting to show the development of a concrete runway in the contested waters of the South China Sea. As with the aerial photographs taken by a U2 spy plane over Cuba in the early 1960s, the released images have unleashed febrile commentary about China’s intentions on Fiery Cross…

Disobedient Objects

By Hannah Dickinson “But disobedient objects are necessarily rough, raw things, whose edges are open to further modification and appropriation. Only their contexts of use make them whole. Rather than being ‘dead’ like a butterfly closed in a case, disobedient objects on exhibition are unfinished, like a political sticker never stuck, its hope and rage…

Geopolitical Material

Throughout my time as a PhD student at Royal Holloway (coming up to three years in September) I have been looking for a way to better understand the role of the material in geopolitics. It is in the work of the feminist philosopher Elizabeth Grosz that I have come across one of the richest resources…

Anticipating Emergencies: paper

A new paper I wrote with Ben Anderson has just been published in Security Dialogue, titled Anticipated Emergencies, where we try to grapple with the matter and life of a security apparatus. The abstract is below, but the issue also features interesting sounding papers from Nik Hynek, Kevin Grove, Stephanie Simon and Maja Zehfuss. “In…