Since we’re entering the season of accounting for what you’ve done in the past year and planning for the next (sort of like REF, for those of you in the UK), now seems like a good time to call attention to publications of mine that have come out very recently or that are forthcoming in the very near future.
In the Arctic area, my article on ‘Covering Kiruna: A Natural Experiment in Arctic Awareness‘ was just published in the December 2014 issue of Polar Geography. The piece, which was co-authored with my doctoral students Johanne Bruun and Ingrid Agnete Medby, was produced with the support of grants from the US National Science Foundation and the European Commission as well as the labour of a small army of translators. With the exception of some of my work in the history of cartography, it’s probably the most quantitatively oriented article I’ve written, analysing a data-set of 280 articles surrounding the May 2013 Arctic Council ministerial meeting. A related research note, ‘The Arctic Council after Kiruna‘, coauthored with Klaus Dodds, is being published in the January 2015 issue of Polar Record (this has been available online since August 2013). Speaking of Johanne and Ingrid, I’m the proud grandfather of a new review article published by them in Geography Compass (December 2014): ‘Theorising the Thaw: Geopolitics in a Changing Arctic‘, as well as Ingrid’s solo piece in Polar Geography, ‘Arctic State, Arctic Nation?‘ (July 2014). Finally, Contesting the Arctic, my book co-authored with Jeremy Tasch and Hannes Gerhardt, continues to inch closer to publication. We’ve returned 2nd proofs now, so publication is in sight, most likely in February. I just looked back at the contract and saw that our handing the manuscript in 13 months late will likely be matched by the publisher being 13 months off their promise to publish within one year of receiving the manuscript. So, I guess neither of us can complain about the other!
Moving into the ocean realm, I’m expecting a mini-tsunami of publications in January and February, including two book chapters on cinematic engagements with the sea: one for Documenting World Politics, a book on uses of documentary films in international relations edited by Rens van Munster & Casper Sylvest, and another for Cargomobilities, edited by Thomas Birchnell, Satya Savitzky, & John Urry. February should also see the publication of Seascapes, edited by Mike Brown & Barbara Humberstone, for which I’ve written the foreword. My Antipode article on the libertarian seasteading movement (co-authored with Elizabeth Nyman & Mauro Caraccioli) is also being reprinted in February, in the book Alternative Worlds edited by Ricarda Vidal & Ingo Cornils. In addition, my ‘Wet Ontologies, Fluid Dynamics’ article with Kimberley Peters, which complements our recent publication in Harvard Design Magazine, will be published early in 2015 in Society & Space (likely in the first issue of the year). Speaking of Kim, since she’s increasingly my alter-ego on all things oceanic, this seems an appropriate place to give a shout-out to her piece, just published in the ‘Articles in Press’ section of the Transactions of the IBG, ‘Drifting: Towards Mobilities at Sea‘.
Finally, I’ve just returned page proofs on a short commentary on Peter Adey’s article on ‘Air’s Affinities’ that wlll be appearing in Dialogues in Human Geography. The Adey commentary may be the closest thing to pure philosophy that I’ve ever written, so it forms an interesting contrast with the Polar Geography piece, which is perhaps my most data-driven.
The one cross-cutting theme that may be linking several of these pieces is a stylistic one: an increasing aversion to formal references. The Seascapes foreword and the Adey commentary don’t contain any references at all, and in Contesting the Arctic formal references are replaced with an extended bibliographic essay (Steve Mentz’ At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean was my inspiration for this). But I find that even my writings with more formal references increasingly are taking on an essay-like tone. I’m not sure if this an unintended result of writing blogposts or simply the result of increased confidence (or hubris), but I hope it makes my writings more accessible while giving me more licence to be creative.