I’m just back from a whirlwind four-week North American tour of Toronto (the International Studies Association annual meeting), Santa Barbara (speaking to an interdisciplinary ‘Sea Change‘ seminar at UCSB), Tallahassee (reconnecting with, and disconnecting from, my former life at Florida State), Tampa (the Association of American Geographers annual meeting), and Cambridge (a pair of lectures at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design). Along the way, I had a bit of downtime in Florida and New York, broke my toe (vacuuming my parents’ apartment), got lectured about the Spratly Islands by the Filipino proprietors of my B&B in Toronto, spent a day in the Tampa General Hospital Emergency Room (this had nothing to do with the toe; I was shepherding a dazed British colleague through the U.S. healthcare system), had a long make-up coffee with my marine sparring partner Gaston Gordillo, had a chance encounter outside a restaurant in Cambridge with Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager, caught up with old friends Mary Burke and Sergio Fagherazzi, made lots of new friends, got ‘criticised’ in an author-meets-the-critics session, chaired an awesome session by feminist political geographer (and my Durham colleague) Rachel Pain, and narrowly avoided an awkward moment where I almost ended up lecturing John Agnew about Italian politics.
Amidst it all, and just in time for the author-meets-the-critics session, I received an image of the book cover (and dust-flap text) for Contesting the Arctic, my forthcoming book — coauthored with Jeremy Tasch and Hannes Gerhardt — on ‘politics and imaginaries in the circumpolar north’. The cover looks stunning, if I may say so myself (click the image for a full-size version). The book won’t be published until September, but in the meantime you can fill out this form to receive an email notifying you when it becomes available.