The ICE LAW Project is close to concluding its first full year of funding and we’re in the midst of a particularly active few months. We’ve been providing regular updates on the ICE LAW Project’s website and Twitter feed. However, with so much happening in April-May-June, I’m taking this opportunity to highlight events to followers of this blog who are not ICE LAW regulars.
Political Geography is looking for a new associate editor to join the current editorial team (myself, Tor Benjaminsen, Halvard Buhaug, and Fiona McConnell). We’re looking for broad expertise in the subdiscipline, but specialisms in political theory, critical IR/security studies, migration studies, and urban/economic geography would be particularly welcome. Please see the complete advert and apply before 1 May.
Three new ocean-related job adverts have across my desk in the past two days, so I thought this would be a good place to spread the word. Christian Albrechts University in Kiel has made a number of hires in coastal-marine studies over the past year and is ramping up its expertise in the social sciences in what’s long been a center of ocean research. There are new two post-doc positions advertised there, one in Geography, focusing on social dynamics in coastal areas, and one in Politics, focusing on the ocean as political space and related topics in ocean governance. German language skills are helpful, but not required, for either post, but fluency in English is a must. Also, I’ve been led to believe that there’s some flexibility to the disciplinary qualifications spelled out in the adverts.
At the other end of the career spectrum, the University of Southampton has put out a call for applicants for its Regius Professorship of Ocean Sciences. Although they clearly are envisioning a physical scientist (or perhaps an economist), again I have the impression that they’ll be somewhat flexible if the right applicant comes along.
Since arriving at Durham in 2013, I’ve slowly been developing the core structure of The Project on Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World (The ICE LAW Project). Thanks to a generous grant from the Leverhulme Trust as well as sponsorship from UArctic’s Thematic Network on Arctic Law, I am happy to announce a full schedule of workshops and presentation sessions for Spring/Summer 2017:
In response to the now week-old (and partially suspended) US ban on migrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim nations, as well as President Trump’s announcement that subsequent easing of these restrictions would include a preference for non-Muslims, I have been following a growing number of conversations, online and sometimes literally around the office water cooler. It appears that I am far from alone in trying to figure out an appropriate response.
Inspired, in part, by the apparent success that the cancellation of major events has had in generating opposition to North Carolina’s transgender ‘bathroom bill’, and, going back to the 1990s, in forcing recognition of Martin Luther King Day in Arizona, there has been a growing movement to boycott US-based academic meetings. Given the timing of things, and the particular academic community that I belong to, most of my exposure has specifically been to debates surrounding the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers, to be held next month in Boston. I’m well aware, though, that similar debates have been transpiring among the membership of other international professional organizations with planned annual meetings in the US.
Before continuing, a bit of self-positioning is in order. As a US passport holder living abroad, I am arguably more affected by this order than US citizens in the US, but less affected than non-US citizens or, of course, citizens of (or past visitors to) any of the seven named states. I also am less affected than any of the countless individuals who, for reasons of skin tone, surname, travel history, birthplace, nationality, or religion, have long sought to avoid US border crossings. On the other hand, although it doesn’t usually weigh heavily on my identity, I myself am the child of a war refugee, and that may also influence my perspective.
And finally, as editor of a journal called Political Geography, I don’t feel like it would be right for me to be silent on this topic which is most certainly one of political geography. That said, Political Geography has its own long history with boycotts, and what follows are purely my own beliefs and opinions and not those of the journal.
So, here goes…. Continue Reading »
For about a year now, I’ve been working with an international consortium, based out of the University of Bremen, on a European Union COST Action to explore futures for ocean governance. Kimberley Peters and I, co-convenors of the seabed section of the initiative, are soliciting papers for the kick-off conference, to be held March 6-8 in Bremen. For more information and instructions on abstract submission, see the full conference announcement. Note that abstracts are due December 31.
Like so many people, I’m still reeling from the US election. Since long before Election Day, the news media have been suggesting historical analogues for Trump’s elitist populism (or populist elitism): Berlusconi or Mussolini are probably the closest parallels. In the US context, there’s William Jennings Bryan and Andrew Jackson, although neither had Trump’s elitist pretensions. Some have suggested Theodore Roosevelt, and that, it seems to me, gets a bit closer.
But let’s put things into a context less focused on personality and agendas and more on the geo-historic times…. Continue Reading »