Infrastructure Security

June 23rd, 2015

I have a new post on E-IR on what infrastructure security discourses can tell us about the vulnerabilities of contemporary, urbanised, logistical ways of life. Understanding the metaphors that guide our thinking about infrastructure thus enables us to see both the way in which our our conceptual grammars affect the way we see the world as well as understanding precisely why certain vulnerabilities are prioritised above others. Read the post here.

Memorialising the Invisible

May 1st, 2015

 

 

I have a new post on E-IR reflecting on my recent trip to Ieper/Ypres for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first use of poison Gas in WWI. The post – Memorialising the Invisible – discusses the problems of militarising or securitising such commemorations.

Read Memorialising the Invisible here.

Charlie Hebdo and the Politics Of Response Forum

March 25th, 2015

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Belatedly, here is a link to a Forum on the Charlie Hebdo attacks that I participated in at Durham in February and which has now been published online by the Society and Space blog.
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Durham Geography Charlie Hebdo Event

February 10th, 2015

Today I spoke at a Durham Geography workshop on Charlie Hebdo organised by Angharad Closs Stephens

Here’s a summary of what I said:

1. The January attacks on Paris are representative of a form of violence that is urbanised. A form of urban insurgency that is increasingly common in cities around the world – Mumbai, Madrid, London, Boston, Nairobi. It exploits urban technologies/infrastructures – cars, rails, roads – and urban morphology – enclosed spaces, crowded spaces – for maximum effect. It is not new, but it’s effective. Military doctrine has warned of the complexity of urban space for a while, but this urban insurgency demonstrates a lack of effective response – partly because, as I will discuss in a minute, the proposed responses erode the core attributes of the urban environment that we value – freedom, plurality and so on. Continue reading Durham Geography Charlie Hebdo Event»

Critical War/Military Studies: A Workshop

May 8th, 2014

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I am pleased to be able to announce details of a workshop I have organised to take place later this month – 29th May – at Newcastle University. The workshop highlights the important agenda of critical war and critical military studies. The workshop will highlight some of the excellent work being conducted in this growing field of study. Participants will discuss what it means to study to study war and the military critically and the issues and problems this entails. Email me (martin.coward@ncl.ac.uk) if you would like to attend.

The program for the workshop is as follows:

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