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.
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My book Urbicide: The Politics of Urban Destruction is reviewed in the latest issue of Global Discourse I have supplied a introduction outlining the basic argument of Urbicide as well as a response to the reviewers.
You can find my introduction, the reviews and my response, here: http://global-discourse.com/contents/urbicide-by-martin-coward/
As with all research, the monograph represents a snapshot of thought about this variety of urban violence, rather than the last word on it. Reflecting on that snapshot, I think there is much I still agree with, but there are also things I would change. This has thus been a valuable opportunity to reflect on my argument about the widespread and deliberate destruction of urban fabric and to highlight what I think its key contributions are as well as to ponder some of its limitations.
My thanks to the reviewers for their thoughts as well as to the editors of Global Discourse for both the original invitation and their work compiling and publishing the review section.
In March, Cambridge Review of International Affairs published my review of Jon Calame and Esther Charlesworth’s book Divided Cities: Belfast, Beirut, Jerusalem, Mostar, and Nicosia (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). I was busy teaching this spring and so forgot to write about it at the time – but I have returned to thinking about some of these themes in the wake of recent riots in Belfast. (more…)
|On Thursday and Friday (19th & 20th November) I will be at the World Politics and Popular Culture conference organised by Newcastle University Politics staff Simon Philpott, Matt Davies and Kyle Grayson. The conference will explore the manner in which
I will be giving a paper entitled Zombies and flesh eaters: imagining urban cataclysm in the era of metropolitanisation.
The paper will discuss the relation between the politics of global urbanisation and representations of urban cataclysm in the film 28 Days Later, video game Resident Evil; and Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road. I argue that novels, films and games are textual artefacts embedded in complex assemblages of things, signs, meanings and affects. As such they are mutually imbricated with the dynamics of delineation and contestation we refer to as ‘politics’.
The paper discusses two particular ideas arising from a reading of these texts: