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POLITICS OF SCALE. New Directions in Critical Heritage Studies (Berghahn Books)

Critical Heritage Studies is a new and fast-growing interdisciplinary field of study seeking to explore power relations involved in the production and meaning-making of cultural heritage. Politics of Scale offers a global, multi- and interdisciplinary point of view to the scaled nature of heritage, and provides a theoretical discussion on scale as a social construct and a method in Critical Heritage Studies. The international contributors provide examples and debates from a range of diverse countries, discuss how heritage and scale interact in current processes of heritage meaning-making, and explore heritage-scale relationship as a domain of politics.

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"Climate Terrorism" by Profs. Sanjay Chaturvedi and Timothy Doyle

We are pleased to announce the publication of Climate Terror: A Critical Geopolitics of Climate Change, authored by RC 15 Board Member Professor Sanjay Chaturvedi and Professor Timothy Doyle. Please consider requesting a copy for your library!

9780230249615.jpgClimate Terror investigates the highly differentiated geographical politics of global warming. It explores how fear-inducing climate change discourses could result in new forms of dependencies, domination and militarized 'climate security'. In this revealing study from Chaturvedi and Doyle, the concept of environmental security is brought to life through cases of the most pressing environmental issues confronting the Global South, which are creating desperate realities for billions of people. The book proposes the following key questions, crucial to our understanding of this issue: Can the climate discourse be re-configured to provide a place where issues of environmental justice and sovereignty are paramount, rather than neo-liberal responses to climate? Can climate change give a voice to the global periphery, and can it be used as a vehicle for emancipation? 

Chaturvedi and Doyle's study concludes by taking note of the more optimistic response of 'emancipatory' groups and networks to concepts such as climate justice and climate debt, and the ways in which these groups have attempted to use this global climate moment for more democratic purposes. Is the climate story, regardless of its diverse intentions, a discourse now captured by the affluent North to control the development of the Global South? Has the emancipatory moment now passed or is there still hope for the re-emergence of subaltern perspectives on climate futures? The authors further discuss the deployment of terror vocabulary to address climate change, which is a part of refurbished designs and technologies of control, regulation and domination in a neo-liberal, post-political, globalized world marked by profound asymmetries in terms of economic growth and human development. They argue for an increased understanding of the environment, not as an external enemy force, but as a diverse nature that is inclusive of people, a nature that has the potential to provide secure access to citizens of all countries to basic nutrition, adequate access to health, appropriate shelter, and a security to practice a diverse range of livelihoods.

Professor Timothy Doyle is Chair of Politics and International Studies at the University of Adelaide, South Australia; Distinguished Research Fellow of Indian Ocean Futures at Curtin University, Western Australia; and Chair of Politics and International Relations at Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. He is Co-Director of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre at Adelaide (IPGRC) and Director of Human and Environmental Security for the Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG) in Perth and Chandigarh. 

Sanjay Chaturvedi is Professor of Political Science at Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Panjab University, India. He is also the Honorary Director of Centre for the Study of Mid-West and Central Asia, Panjab University, and Founding Vice-Chairman of Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG). He has been a Third Cohort Fellow of India-China Institute, The New School, New York.


CFP The State of Nationalism The International Review of the Study of Nationalism

Call for Papers | The State of Nationalism

The International Review of the Study of Nationalism


Submissions are now being sought for an exciting new resource for the study of nationalism: The State of Nationalism (SoN).


Overview: SoN is a comprehensive, online and open-source guide for the study of nationalism. The guide consists of two key elements: critical reviews of key themes in the study of nationalism and a linked annotated bibliography of sources. This combination makes SoN an invaluable tool for researchers and students in the field. To encourage comparative and theoretically relevant research, the review articles and bibliographies explicitly focus on concepts rather than particular national movements.


More information on SoN and its objectives can be found here:www.stateofnationalism.eu


Contribution Instructions: We encourage contributions from both early career and established researchers.


Review essays should be approximately 2,000 words, and should critically describe developments in the literature and indicate whether there are key points of contention and/or differing perspectives, approaches and methods. Annotations for the article’s sources should also be concise.


The articles are published in two venues: the online portal for the State of Nationalism, where they will be linked to the other articles and held in a searchable database; and, as a stand-alone article in the scholarly journal Studies on National Movements. All submissions undergo a rigorous double-blind review process prior to publication.


More information: For detailed instructions on how you can contribute to SoN, please see: www.stateofnationalism.eu/how-to-contribute/


To submit an article, or if you have any questions, please contact the co-editors Eric Taylor Woods (e.t.woods@uel.ac.uk) and Robert Schertzer (robert.schertzer@utoronto.ca) 



SoN is jointly supported by two institutes: the research network, National Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE) and the University of East London (UEL). SoN also benefits from partnerships with the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) and the Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN). Leading experts provide scholarly support through the Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee


CFP Revista de Relaciones Internacionales


No. 32 / Rethinking terrorism from the International”

To be published in June 2016

Terrorism is a well-known word, widely used in politics. Virtually anyone in the word has suffered terrorism or at least has been touched by the counterterrorism measures governments are deploying in our societies. Thousands of people have died or mained in terrorist attacks. Broadcast executions like the ones committed by ISIS are intended to provoke terror and they manage to achieve it.

Because of this, since the 9/11 attacks, the research in the terrorism studies field has increased exponentially and more and more authors started analysing the “phenomenon” of terrorism, the counterterrorism measures that should be adopted -fighting methods similar to the ones used by the people they are supposed to fight, outside any framework of ius in bello (in fact, there is no declaredbellum)-, the repercussions it has on our societies, the roots causes of it, the consequences on its victims and so on.

Terrorism has thus become a very widespread term in politics and is nowadays one of the most powerful words in our contemporary society. Nevertheless, terrorism is not a neutral word: when uttered, it invokes emotions of fear, hatred and panic, being in this sense a highly pejorative word that can be said to have almost reached a “taboo” status. However, in spite of the wide usage of the word, a big question arise if we analyse it closely: what is exactly terrorism? As a matter of fact, there is still no universal definition of terrorism and governments, international organizations, NGOs and scholars seem not to be close to the formulation of a fixed definition of it. But, why does this happen? Why is terrorism so difficult to define and to analyse?

There are many possible answers to these questions but probably it is possible to summarize them all under the idea that with the term terrorism governments and international organizations are supposed to describe very different political phenomena depending on their different political views and interests. Thus, terrorism is best read as a socially constructed word whose meaning is created through a discourse that, as Pierre Bourdieu would argue, has managed to become very strong because of the symbolic capital the political powers behind its formulation own, especially thanks to their position in the political society. “The discursive power works concealing the terms in which it has been constructed and, therefore, malleability and contingency: either the discourse fixes the significance naturalizing it or it loses its power as a discourse” (Brown, Wendy, La política fuera de la historia, Enclave de Libros, Madrid, 2014, p. 175).

Our idea is that it is possible to read terrorism in a different way which is not the one in which the mainstream, “orthodox” studies on terrorism have understood it. Consequently, what we would like to do in this number is to “Rethink Terrorism from the International”. Leaving aside the traditional, orthodox views on terrorism and the mainstream way it is intended, we would like to rethink the concept of international terrorism by analyzing it both from a theoretical and practical point of view. In this sense, many authors from the International Relations and not provide us with theoretical tools that may help us to examine and deconstruct international terrorism: constructivism, reflectionism, the Frankfurt school, the Paris school, Foucault's genealogy and the critical discourse analysis are all approaches that provide us with tools that may help us reconsider what we think we know about international terrorism, its causes and its consequences.

We are thus looking for contributions, both theoretical and practical, that may contribute to the debate on international terrorism, that may help us see it in a new way and may answer the major questions that are related with this new way of understanding and deconstructing international terrorism.


Abstracts: 7th October 2015.

The abstracts (max. 250 words) should be sent via email to the following address, the deadline being 17th January 2016:

Notification of acceptance or refusal will be done along the week following the deadline.


The articles accepted must be sent no later than the 17th January 2016 and abide by the Style Guide (in Spanish, Manual de Estilo) of our journal for submission to a double blind peer-review. The articles must be uploaded on the Relaciones Internacionales website (www.relacionesinternacionales.info), after registering as an author.

For registration, please follow the instructions posted in the section “Sending articles” on the website: http://www.relacionesinternacionales.info/ojs/about/submissions.html.

For further information and questions please contact:
Alice Martini - alice.martini@relacionesinternacionales.info


Articles in Spanish or English will be accepted. 
The articles will be translated into Spanish for publication.


L’orbite de la géographie de Jean Gottmann / The Orbit of Jean Gottmann’s Geography

Le numéro spécial de La Géographie avec les Actes du Colloque International « L’orbite de la géographie de Jean Gottmann », qui a eu lieu à Paris, le 29-30 mars 2005, organisé par l’Université de Paris Sorbonne, la Bibliothèque nationale de France et la Société de Géographie, a été publié. L’ouvrage contient 27 contributions originels (http://www.socgeo.org/05.htm), chacune avec un sommaire en français, anglais et italien, 27 illustrations. Elle contient aussi un exposé inédit avec lequel Jean Gottmann défendait l’unité de son travail devant la Commission pour la soutenance de Doctorat d’Etat, à l’Université de Paris X en 1970. L’ouvrage, qui développe 312 pages, est en vente au prix de 15 euros plus frais de port (France : 5 €, Europe : 6.80 €, Monde : 10.40 €) Pour recevoir l’ouvrage, commandez-le par lettre ou par e-mail à la Société de Géographie <socgeo@socgeo.org>. 

The special issue of La Géographie dedicated the proceedings of the International Conference « The Orbit of Jean Gottmann’s Geography », which took place in Paris, on March 29-30, 2005, organized by the University of Paris-Sorbonne, the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Société de Géographie is now available. The volume includes 27 original contributions (http://www.socgeo.org/05.htm), each with an English, French and Italian abstract, 27 illustrations. It contains also the unpublished text prepared by Jean Gottmann to defend the unity of his work in front of the Doctorat d’ Etat Commission at the University of Paris X, in 1970. The volume, which develops 312 pages, is available at a cost of 15 euros, plus postage. (France : 5 €, Europe : 6.80 €, Monde : 10.40 €) To order this book please reply to Societe de Geographie <socgeo@socgeo.org>.