Energetic Gases: A Glossary

This is a working document and is undergoing regular updates and elaborations. The aim is to produce a reference documenting the different gases used within past and present energy systems. ‘Blue Water’ Gas A form of coal gas (see coal gas) that was formed by introducing steam into the manufacturing process. It often had aContinue reading “Energetic Gases: A Glossary”

CfP RGS 2020: On Methods of Thing-Following

On Methods of Thing-Following RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 1st-4th September, 2020 Convenors: Peter Forman (Lancaster University) and Angeliki Balayannis (University of Exeter) ‘Following’ has become a popular methodological practice for human geographers over the last two decades. Early work that followed consumer goods along supply chains (Mintz, 1986; Cook, 2004; Barnett et al., 2005)Continue reading “CfP RGS 2020: On Methods of Thing-Following”

New Chapter: Materiality, New Materialisms

Materiality, New Materialisms Peter J Forman [This is a pre-print version of Forman (2020) ‘Materiality, New Materialisms’ In: Kobayashi, A. (Ed.) International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography (Second Edition) Available online: https://www.sciencedirect.com/referencework/9780081022962/international-encyclopedia-of-human-geography#book-description%5D Featured Image: A ‘chemical garden’, made from cobalt. Curtesy of Stephane Querbes – http://www.stephanequerbes.com/img_0436/ 1. Materiality Materiality is the quality of being material, orContinue reading “New Chapter: Materiality, New Materialisms”

Event: Chemical Kinships – RGS 2019

I’m excited to be part of the upcoming Chemical Kinships session at this year’s RGS-IBG annual conference in London, organised by the fantastic Angeliki Balayannis (Brunel University London) and Emma Garnett (King’s College London). Abstract and session outlines follow below. Session Abstract A. Balayannis & E. Garnett A chemical turn is taking place across theContinue reading “Event: Chemical Kinships – RGS 2019”

Event: CfP ‘Thermal Geographies’ RGS-IBG 2019 Annual Conference

There is still time to submit an abstract to our RGS-IBG session on Thermal Geographies! Full details below.   Thermal Geographies: empirical, conceptual and methodological encounters and consolidations.   RGS-IBG 2019 Annual International Conference: London (Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th August 2019). Convenors: Elspeth Oppermann (Technical University Munich), Gordon Walker (Lancaster University) and Peter FormanContinue reading “Event: CfP ‘Thermal Geographies’ RGS-IBG 2019 Annual Conference”

New Paper: Security & the Subsurface – Geopolitics

This paper critically examines the ways in which the securing of the UK’s natural gas flows requires complex visualisation practices through which the subterranean movements of natural gas and its dynamic, transforming infrastructures are rendered visible and actionable. Instead of seeing energy infrastructures as rigid and more or less obstinate to change (a tendency withinContinue reading “New Paper: Security & the Subsurface – Geopolitics”

New Paper: Inorganic Becomings: Situating the Anthropocene in Puchuncavi – Environmental Humanities

Our paper on experiencing the Anthropocene in Puchuncavi Bay (Chile) is now out. It is a collaboration between fellow materialist scholars, Manual Tironi, Myra Hird, Christian Simonetti, and Nate Freiburger. You can access the full article by following the link below. https://read.dukeupress.edu/environmental-humanities/article/10/1/187/134706/Inorganic-BecomingsSituating-the-Anthropocene-in Abstract In this choral essay we, an assorted group of academics interested inContinue reading “New Paper: Inorganic Becomings: Situating the Anthropocene in Puchuncavi – Environmental Humanities”

New Paper: Circulations beyond Nodes: (in)securities along the pipeline – Mobilities

I’m pleased to announce that my first single-authored paper has been published. It forms part of a special issue edited by Matthias Leese and Stef Wittendorp, entitled ‘Old Securities, New Mobilities’. In it, I draw attention to the opportunities that mobilities approaches can offer for studying security beyond the circulatory ‘nodes’ in which its’ analysisContinue reading “New Paper: Circulations beyond Nodes: (in)securities along the pipeline – Mobilities”

Guest Blog: Hard to Follow Things – Natural Gas

@Followthethings has just published my post on the methodological challenges of following natural gas. You can check it out here:  https://followtheblog.org/2017/08/21/guest-post-hard-to-follow-things-natural-gas-by-peter-forman/ While you are at it, why not also check out Ian and his students’ work on their other website, http://www.followthethings.com?

Review: Dobraszczyk et al. (2016) ‘Global Undergrounds: Exploring cities within’

This book review was written on behalf of the RGS-IBG Urban Geographies Research Group, and is reproduced here with their permission. For more book reviews, and for an overview of their current work, please go to: http://urban-geography.org.uk/ Dobraszczyk, P., López Galviz, C., & Garrett, L. (2016) “Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within.” London: Reaktion Books ISBN: 978-1-78023-576-9 ReviewedContinue reading “Review: Dobraszczyk et al. (2016) ‘Global Undergrounds: Exploring cities within’”