Political Geography is seeking two new associate editors, to start in January 2016.
Political Geography operates in a decentralized manner with each member of the editorial team having full responsibility for her or his queue. Therefore, after being assigned an article, associate editors are responsible for all aspects of manuscript processing, including selecting and recruiting referees, managing the revision process, making acceptance decisions, and, when necessary, facilitating communication between authors and Elsevier production and publishing staff. Typically, each associate editor will process between 40 and 50 articles per year, with about half of these going to publication. As a member of the editorial team, each associate editor will also be expected to work with other team members to chart the journal’s future direction as well as the conceptualization and organization of special issues, conference-based plenary lectures, and other activities that advance the journal’s standing and facilitate the publication and promotion of articles and associated online materials. In carrying out these duties, the associate editors will be expected to work closely with continuing members of the editorial team: James Sidaway (Associate Editor) and Jo Sharp (Reviews Editor), as well as myself (to be Editor-in-Chief). Expertise in the different areas of political geography is a consideration in the appointment since the editorial team wishes to continue the broad methodological and thematic range that the journal has maintained for the past 35 years.
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Kim’s green shoes: where ‘A Wet World’ begins
Complementing the recent publication of ‘Wet Ontologies, Fluid Spaces: Giving Depth to Volume through Oceanic Thinking’ in Environment and Planning D (Society & Space), a companion autoethnographic photo-essay, ‘A Wet World: Rethinking Place, Territory, and Time’, has now been published on the Society & Space open site. Like ‘Wet Ontologies’, ‘A Wet World’ was written cooperatively with Kimberley Peters.
In ‘A Wet World’, Kim and I thread narratives of the oceans in our lives with photos of those oceans, as well as excerpts from the ‘Wet Ontologies’ article. We presented (performed?) ‘A Wet World’ at one of the Territory Beyond Terra sessions at last week’s AAG meeting in Chicago and it seemed to go over very well.
In recompense for our extra effort in producing ‘A Wet World’, the editors of Society & Space are making the formal article, ‘Wet Ontologies’, open access for one month (i.e. until 27 May 2015).
I’m two weeks behind in following up on this (I’ve been off presenting on Arctic architectures and wet ontologies), but I can’t let the new National Map of Canada, released 15 April 2015, pass by without a few thoughts.
The 2015 map (click image for full size)
As has been widely reported (by the CBC, the Globe & Mail, and others), the national map from Natural Resource Canada’s new Atlas of Canada shows a surprising increase in sea ice over the previous version, which was published in 2006. The reason for this apparent bit of global cooling is that the two maps calculate the ‘extent’ of sea ice in different ways. While the 2006 map depicts permanently frozen ocean, the 2015 map depicts the extent of ice cover over a 30-year average. In the CBC story, geographer Robert McLeman calls the map a bit of ‘fakery’, and I assume that, if asked to elaborate, he would suggest that the Arctic was made to look more ‘frozen’ so as to avoid giving another piece of climate-change evidence to those who would challenge the Harper government’s close alliance with the hydrocarbon industry. Actually, I think the decision to adjust the representation of the ice edge may have been a bit more complicated.
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When flying into New York earlier this week, I was thrilled to find myself looking out the window at Long Island’s Jones Beach State Park. It so happens that Jones Beach, together with the seafronts at Aberystwyth and Tynemouth (along with the beaches of Lorain (Ohio), Santa Cruz (California), and St. George Island (Florida)) set the scene for the presentation that Kimberley Peters and I will be giving at next week’s Association of American Geographers meeting. We’ll be taking attendees on an autoethnographic journey through our recently published Society & Space article on ‘Wet Ontologies, Fluid Dynamics‘. Curious? Confused? Come to the AAG sessions on ‘Territory beyond Terra’ (panel 1 | panel 2), Tuesday afternoon.
In what I assume is a coincidence, there’ll be two excellent conferences on Arctic themes in Scotland on back-to-back weekends in May-June. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it to either (it’s a bad time for me term-wise, and I’m working on two major grant proposals that are both due right about then). I suspect that there are only a few people out there besides me who have the combined interest in Arctic law and Arctic cultural studies that would make one want to attend both, but each looks fantastic, and I at least will have a very hard time deciding which one to attend if I can find time to attend one but not both.
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I’ve had an inspiring two weeks, first joining my colleague Noam Leshem, two PhD students, and 32 incredibly bright, eager, and engaged undergraduates on a week-long exploration of Territory & Geopolitics in Jerusalem. I came back with a tan, sleep deprivation, fantastic memories, a really tacky falafel refrigerator magnet (thanks for the gift, students), and rumours of a secret video of me dancing at an East Jerusalem shisha bar. After a day off, I dove into a two-day grant-writing marathon at the Royal Geographical Society, working with Kate Coddington and Kim Peters to launch the ‘Ungrounded Territories’ project. Much to our delight, the RGS assigned us to the ‘Oceans’ room. I think we enjoyed ourselves a bit too much — at least that was the message given to us by some of our neighbours, who were wishing that we’d be quieter when editing each other — but it was a wonderfully productive couple of days of camaraderie to cap a week of student-herding.
I’m delighted to announce that Contesting the Arctic: Politics and Imaginaries in the Circumpolar North is now published.
The book was something of a writing experiment for myself and co-authors. Contesting the Arctic not only seeks to understand the Arctic region; it also seeks to bridge the divide between academic and journalistic writing. Relying extensively on quotations from over 150 interviews, the book eschews the usual formal bibliographic references and footnotes, opting instead for a handful of explanatory endnotes and a concluding bibliographic essay. The result (we hope) is an engaging and accessible book that narrates the various ways in which Arctic residents and outsiders are imagining — and producing futures for — the region.
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