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Extraterritorial Adventures

flagI’m just back from a fascinating workshop at the University of Utrecht’s Law School that joined leading thinkers in international law with Israeli artists Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir. The blend of international law with art theory was right down my alley, and I presented a ‘greatest hits’ paper that re-examined several past research topics – legal ontologies of ice, seasteading, Grotius, the Mavi Marmara interdiction – with a focus on representations of extraterritory.

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New Associate Editor position at Political Geography

Political Geography polgeogis looking for a new associate editor, to begin this July. The position, made possible by James Sidaway stepping down after 12 years as associate editor, is broadly worded to cover the breadth of the subdiscipline. However we will look especially favourably on associate editor candidates with expertise in political theory and critical IR/security studies or political ecology, regardless of their disciplinary foundation, as well as candidates who expertise outside the English-language tradition.

For more details, please see the full announcement.

Please note that applications are due no later than 1 May 2016.

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Fighting Fire with Water: The Story of a Non-Story in the Falklands/Malvinas Islands

I’m wrapping up what I think is my 25th anniversary AAG meeting today (although I missed 3 or 4 of them over the years, since Miami in 1991) and its been a slightly strange one. I’m not sure if it’s because the conference has been spread across four hotels, or because I’m coming off the intense high of a week-long field trip to Jerusalem with my Territory & Geopolitics class, or because I still haven’t gotten over the 11-time-zone jet lag from the aforementioned field trip, or because San Francisco is an increasingly dystopian city, or just because I’m jaded by the AAG scene. But, for whatever reason, its been an oddly unintense conference. I’m not saying the conference has been disappointing; it’s just that, for me at least, its lacked some of the usual intensity. And this is so despite my having seen some excellent papers and my having had  some wonderful conversations with past, present, and future students, mentors, co-authors, and new friends. Continue Reading »

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Lectureship at Scott Polar

spriIn a rare UK university job announcement that explicitly calls for applicants who link human geography with polar research, the Scott Polar Research Institute, a unit of the Department of Geography at Cambridge University, has announced a new lectureship position beginning in September 2016. Applications are due 11 April.

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Volume, Depth, and the Ocean Discovery Xprize

Amidst calls for conceptualising the ocean’s depths not simply as a vertical metric but as liquid, dynamic, haptic volume, the newly announced Ocean Discovery Xprize competition is both exciting and disappointing.

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15-article Virtual Special Issue on Political Geography of climate change, for COP21 meeting; free access through February 15

polgeoga7SM9zubTo accompany the COP21 meeting in Paris, Political Geography is making 15 articles on the political geography of climate change available in a Virtual Special Issue which will be available for free access from November 15, 2015 through February 15, 2016. The Virtual Special Issue — ‘Climate Change and Political Geography’ — was compiled by PG editorial board member Simon Dalby, and includes articles from 2007 through the present. Simon has also published a new editorial to introduce the Virtual Special Issue.

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The Martian, Matt Damon, and Outer Space Law

A bit belatedly, after getting a number of ‘Does Matt Damon know what he’s talking about?’ emails, I finally got to see The Martian last night. Since it’s not fair that Klaus Dodds and Rachael Squire get to have all the fun analysing this month’s movies, I thought I’d take a stab at parsing the international law beneath The Martian.

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The United Nations meets The Martian

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