Recommendation: “Security/Mobility: Politics of movement”

Congratulations to my friends and colleagues for the publication of their recent book, “Security/Mobility: Politics of Movement” – edited by Matthias Leese (Zurich) and Stef Wittendorp (Tübingen), and representing a much needed contribution to attempts to bring security and mobility together. The book includes chapters from: Marie Beauchamps, Marijn Hoijtink, Matthias Leese, Bruno Magalhães, Sharon Weinblum, & StefContinue reading “Recommendation: “Security/Mobility: Politics of movement””

Event: AAG 2017 – “Exploring the Modular, Material and Performative Politics of Security”

AAG 2017 – Exploring the Modular, Material and Performative Politics of Security Organisers: Peter Forman & Nat O’Grady Session dates and times tbc. Critical geographies and security studies have led the way in dealing with the complex material entanglements and transformations that underpin and organise, but also complicate, modes of governance and security (Adey andContinue reading “Event: AAG 2017 – “Exploring the Modular, Material and Performative Politics of Security””

Abstract: Governing Gas: Energy, Security, Circulation

Thesis submitted December 2016. Abstract below. Natural gas is a troublesome and ‘wayward’ material (Bridge, 2004; 396). Amongst other qualities, it is invisible, intangible, naturally odorless, highly inflammable, and constantly resistant to the forces that contain it. This thesis provides an account of how these qualities both introduce a series of insecurities to everyday socialContinue reading “Abstract: Governing Gas: Energy, Security, Circulation”

Undergraduate Guide: Reflections from the Other Side

Please click on the link below to download the short guide that I recently put together for first year human geography undergraduates. It provides a series of reflections upon things I wish I had known or done differently when I was doing my undergraduate degree. It covers topics such as how to find literature and read efficiently, howContinue reading “Undergraduate Guide: Reflections from the Other Side”

Video: Debbie Lisle ‘Nested Mobilities’ Keynote (Durham, 2016)

Debbie Lisle’s keynote address from our recent ‘Moving Together: Exploring the Nexus between Disparate Approaches to Movement’ conference at Durham University (UK). (Co-organised with Vanessa Schofield and Olivia Mason). Dated: 4th May 2016, Durham University

Event: ISA 2017 Panel “Modular Performances of Security”

MODULAR PERFORMANCES OF SECURITY Please see below for details of our upcoming panel (subject to acceptance) at the ISA Annual Conference in Baltimore next year. For further information, please contact: peter.forman@durham.ac.uk, or gglouftsios01@qub.ac.uk — Organisers: Peter Forman (Durham University, UK) Georgos Glouftsios (Queen’s University, Belfast)   Chair: Dr. Audrey Reeves  (Bristol University) Discussant: Dr. Claudia Aradau (King’s College,Continue reading “Event: ISA 2017 Panel “Modular Performances of Security””

Video: Timothy Mitchell ‘Carbon Democracy and the Corporate Future’

A recording of Timothy Mitchell’s Durham public lecture from last year – organised by the Durham Energy Institute. Tim provides a fascinating discussion of the political entanglements surrounding energy circulations, drawing upon (and going beyond) arguments made within his excellent book ‘Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil’ (Available from Verso: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1020-carbon-democracy). Well worth a watch ifContinue reading “Video: Timothy Mitchell ‘Carbon Democracy and the Corporate Future’”

Longform: A History of Gas Governance (I)

The Mine as Laboratory “And oft a chilling damp or unctuous mist, Loosed from the crumbling caverns, issues forth, Stopping the springs of life ….To cure this ill A philosophic art is used to drain The foul imprison’d air, and in its place Purer convey.” Jago (Cited in Galloway 1882)   The earliest European accountsContinue reading “Longform: A History of Gas Governance (I)”

Event: ‘Moving Together, Exploring the Nexus Between Disparate Approaches to Movement’ (Durham, 4th May 2016)

Please see below for a program for an upcoming full-day conference (FREE) that Olivia Mason, Vanessa Schofield and myself are organising – 4th May 2016, Durham University

Short: The Frost on the Pipe

There are no fish in Chile’s Quintero Bay. According to local fishermen, the water in this part of the Pacific Ocean is extremely toxic, polluted with high concentrations of mercury and copper tailings. It also exhibits a dramatic and life-extinguishing thermocline, caused by industrial processes that deposit both heated and chilled seawater back into theContinue reading “Short: The Frost on the Pipe”