New Book: Space in theory

New book published by Rodopi which I think is a Dutch publisher:

WEST-PAVLOV, Russell, Space in Theory. Kristeva, Foucault, Deleuze, Amsterdam / New York, Rodopi (Spatial Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series in Cultural History, Geography and Literature), 2009, 275 p.

ISBN 978-90-420-2545-5

Space in Theory: Kristeva, Foucault, Deleuze seeks to give a detailed but succinct overview of the role of spatial reflection in three of the most influential French critical thinkers of recent decades. It proposes a step-by-step analysis of the changing place of space in their theories, focussing on the common problematic all three critics address, but highlighting the significant differences between them. It aims to rectify an unaccountable absence of detailed analysis to the significance of space in their work up until now.
Space in Theory argues that Kristeva, Foucault and Deleuze address the question: How are meaning and knowledge produced in contemporary society? What makes it possible to speak and think in ways we take for granted? The answer which all three thinkers provide is: space. This space takes various forms: psychic, subjective space in Kristeva, power-knowledge-space in Foucault, and the spaces of life as multiple flows of becoming in Deleuze.
This book alternates between analyses of these thinkers� theoretical texts, and brief digressions into literary texts by Barrico, de Beauvoir, Beckett, Bodro�ic or Bonnefoy, via Borges, Forster, Gide, Gilbert, Glissant, Hall, to Kafka, Ondaatje, Perec, Proust, Sartre, Warner and Woolf. These detours through literature aim to render more concrete and accessible the highly complex conceptulization of contemporary spatial theory.
This volume is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers interested in the areas of French poststructuralist theory, spatial reflection, or more generally contemporary cultural theory and cultural studies.

Introduction: Entering Space
Kristeva�s Chora
Kristeva�s Kehre
Foucault�s Spatial Discourse
Foucault�s Discursive Spaces
Deleuze�s Territories
Deleuze�s Intensities
In Place of a Conclusion �


Disclosed location blogging

Pork knuckle special, Köln

Unlike a certain other blogger, I can disclose my location, especially given that I was attending a conference on locative media.

Anyway, turns out I was interviewed by German radio (pdf, audio here, about 10-15 minutes in, though I am given a voice-over in German!).


Two readings, a night and a morning apart:

1. The way that “monsters” (the monstrous, the abnormal) came under a politico-judicial scheme (or later, a “juridico-political” scheme).

(Abnormal, p. 61)

2. A review of a book about how smuggling is increasing due to globalization, which the reviewer is skeptical about. Particularly the idea that borders are now transparent:

Similarly, all the hype over today’s international mobility must be taken with a grain of salt, if not the entire shaker. Before World War One, people who had the means were able to cross frontiers at will. Those who utter platitudes about today’s borderless world might try crossing the US-Mexico border during a trade dispute or drug alert. They will soon discover why it has been called the new Iron Curtain. All that has really happened is that borders which once had a fiscal (or conventional military) purpose now have more of a political one – for example, to interdict ‘criminals’ or ‘terrorists’.

So borders are still there, they are now (bio-)political rather than military, a biopolitics that winnows out the abnormal, the monstrous?

President Carter visits GSU

President Carter gave a talk last night to the GSU community. I was unfortunately too late to get in the main auditorium and watched in the overflow room with about 50 other people (meaning there were about 650 people there).

Carter discussed the situation in the Middle East and his new book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid (which he pointed out is unpunctuated, so that you could read it in many different ways). This may have been an attempt to deflect criticism of the title’s use of the word “apartheid” but if so in his remarks he made it clear that the wall between Israel and the West Bank pretty much is a form of apartheid.

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Sex offender geosurveillance

Microsoft have just proudly announced that an application of their software is being used in geosurveillance of sex offenders in North Carolina.

This public facing site was designed to keep families and communities safe by allowing citizens to know when offenders move into their neighborhoods and where those offenders live. In addition to searching for all offenders within a geographic region, citizens can can track specific offenders and can sign up to receive e-mail alerts when an offender registers to an address in their community.

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Post mortem on AAG

Last week’s AAG conference in San Francisco is officially over and I’m back home. Actually getting home is another story, the moral of which is that Atlanta’s airport is super busy on Sunday evenings so don’t even think of getting a taxi (the line was wrapped around 3-4 times at 10pm). A 45 minute wait for your luggage to emerge!

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Why are there no geography blogs?

This is a Foucault blog. I am a geographer by training. But it is not a geography blog.

Why are there no geography blogs? There are a lot of blogs; some 60 million perhaps.

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