Natural Gas: A Misnomer

Natural gas is neither natural, nor is it a single gas. In this post, I describe the origins of these two fictions and how they result in a discursive slight of hand that may have implications for the positioning of natural gas within future low-carbon energy systems. 1. Not Natural? There is very little thatContinue reading “Natural Gas: A Misnomer”

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”

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”

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’”

New Paper: “A Material Politics of Citizenship” – Citizenship Studies

Our article for Citizenship Studies is now out in early access! Entitled ‘A Material Politics of Citizenship: The potential of circulating materials in UK immigration removal centres’, this paper forms part of a special issue edited by Gaja Maestri & Sarah Hughes on contested spaces of citizenship. In this article, Sarah Hughes and I exploreContinue reading “New Paper: “A Material Politics of Citizenship” – Citizenship Studies”