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Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life

Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life

November 17, 10am - 5pm
Seminar Room, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Political Geology: Active Stratigraphies and the Making of Life

What and where is the geos in geopolitics?

This workshop will consider the evolution of ideas around the geos, its politics, scientific histories, and practices. The goal is to bring scholars from a diversity of fields and disciplines together to rethink the relationship between politics and geology and the agency of the geos in shaping and transforming politics.

Presentations will focus on the politics of geophysical scientific practices; counter-histories of geological science in the West; power, erosion and soil; culture and volatile geologies; the politics of deep-futures in the present; subsurface depth, hidden-volumes, and mediation; and amodern geological imaginaries.

Convenors: Amy Donovan (Cambridge) and Adam Bobbette (Cambridge).

Participants: Andrew Barry (UCL), Seth Denizen (Berkeley), Deborah Dixon (Glasgow), Joe Gerlach (Bristol), Karg Kama (Oxford), Simone Kotva (Cambridge), Angela Last (Leicester), Richard Powell (Cambridge), Jim Secord (Cambridge), Rachael Tily (Oxford).

This workshop is kindly supported by the Department of Geography; Natures, Cultures, Knowledges; and Cambridge Cultural and Historical Geography.

Schedule

10:15 - Introduction (Amy Donovan & Adam Bobbette)
10:30 - 11:30 (Seth Denizen & Rachael Tily)
11:30 - 12:30 (Jim Secord & Andrew Barry)
Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 (Richard Powell & Karg Kama)
2:30 - 3:30 (Deborah Dixon, Joe Gerlach)
Tea & Coffee
4:00 - 5:00 (Simone Kotva, Angela Last)
5:00 - 6:00 (discussion)


Header image: "Lapindo" mud volcano, Indonesia, showing buried villages, 2014. Photo courtesy Adam Bobbette.