Dr. Klaus Dodds in Colloquium at 23 November 2016: Depths, Surfaces and Volumes: What is at stake for Arctic geopolitics?

2016-2017 Colloquium Series
Speaker: Dr. Klaus Dodds
Date: 23 November 2016
Time: 14.00
Location: room FY337-1

Depths, Surfaces and Volumes: What is at stake for Arctic geopolitics?

A gamut of geographers, philosophers and social scientists have urged geo-politics to stop being a flat discourse and practice. Instead, appeals to depths, surfaces and volumes have been propositioned in the expectation that we will be encouraged to think more explicitly about what might be at stake when we embrace the three dimensional. Using the Arctic as example, I consider how we might unearth, immerse, extract, flood, detect, deflect, melt, engineer, leak and reveal constellations and entanglements of human (un)settlement and territorial (in)security. The talk will consider, in other words, whether a more critical Arctic geopolitics might lead us to think about the Arctic¹s climate, peoples, resources, and places as caught up in bio-political and geopolitical projects, which reveal the role of injury, ruination and waste as much as they might point to normative forms of social, cultural and political life attentive to human and non-human communities.

Please join the Geography Research Unit and RELATE Center of Excellence for the second presentation in our 2016-2017 colloquium series. The speaker, Klaus Dodds, is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of Lon-don and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is author with Mark Nuttall of The Scramble for the Poles (Polity 2015) and a forthcoming book on Ice (Reaktion 2017). In 2014-5, he served as specialist adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Arctic. 

Cookies will be served in the adjoining coffee room before the presentation.

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