Outside Territory – video recording of my 2012 Paris lecture

Progressive Geographies

This is the video recording of my talk at the Extraterritoriality conference of the Exterritory project in Paris in May 2012.

Watching the video recording now, almost two years on, is a strange experience. I said a bit at the time about why giving the talk was difficult.

Sponsored by the Kadist Foundation and the Evens Foundation, it was held in a remarkable space – LeComptoir Général. As the rain came down, it was somehow directed into channels to water the plants in the room which were growing through holes in the floor. A strange soundtrack to the bi-lingual event. I saw a mouse run between the plants at one point. I delivered a short version of a paper that is largely on Shakespeare, exile, externality and territory. I concentrated on Coriolanus and The Tempest, with some remarks on Titus Andronicus and As You Like It. I…

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Ethics and climate policy: John Dryzek and Clive Hamilton

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Paul Rabinow: Ecologies of Assemblages

Grad students! Funding for MA/PhD research on the #anthropocene


I’m a collaborator on this SSHRC Partnership Grant…please pass along to any and all who may be interested. The website for the project is here.

Economics for the Anthropocene: Re-grounding the Human-Earth Relationship

Economics for the Anthropocene offers exceptional graduate students the opportunity to collaborate in rethinking and redirecting the human/Earth relationship.

POSITION: The Gund Institute at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and York University in Toronto, Ontario seek up to nine PhD or MS students to join the international Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) research initiative, in Fall 2015. The Fall 2015 cohort will focus broadly on applying approaches based on ecological economics to issues of energy supply and use in Eastern Canada and Northeastern

U.S. Students will have considerable latitude and assistance in developing the direction of their work.

BACKGROUND: Humanity is degrading the Earth’s life support systems. Fresh water is too often contaminated, in short supply, and subject to competing claims. Continued reliance on non- renewable sources of energy is unsustainable and faces increasingly unacceptable trade-offs for both regional and global environments. Irreversible climate changes are raising stark questions of justice. In short, Earth has entered a human-dominated epoch: the Anthropocene. Yet, prevailing norms continue to rely on thought systems that insufficiently account for knowledge of how human society interacts with and affects Earth’s life systems.

The Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) project builds on the strengths of McGill, York and UVM in ecological economics. They form the core of a diverse partnership of 25 academic, government, and NGO partners designed to improve how the social sciences and humanities connect to ecological realities of the Anthropocene. E4A‘s overarching goal is to articulate, teach and apply a new understanding of human-Earth relationships grounded in and informed by the insights of contemporary science.  The partnership will

(1)  Create a vibrant international research network in ecological economics;

(2)   Train students to become change agents capable of analyzing and managing the unique challenges of the Anthropocene;

(3)   Actively link academic and non-academic partners in solving transnational problems that exemplify these new challenges; and

(4)  Integrate the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities by extending the core vision of ecological economics to other normative disciplines such as finance, law, governance, ethics, and cosmology.

The partnership will train up to 60 graduate students in three cohorts over six years. Students will enroll at any of the three universities, and cohorts will take core courses together through web-enabled classrooms that link our campuses. Joint field courses will engage non-academic partners in providing hands-on experience in transdisciplinary problems and their ecological, social, and economic dimensions. E4A partners and collaborators will help guide research questions, mentor students, and provide internship opportunities. The partnership will focus on three daunting challenges: water security, energy supply and use, and climate justice.

OFFER: PhD and MS students at UVM, McGill, and York may receive a generous 12-month E4A research stipend. The majority of tuition for this program will be covered via scholarships and teaching assistantships. Travel and research funds are also available. Funding is guaranteed for three years.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree preferred for PhD applicants, but all highly qualified candidates interested in all four dimensions of the program will be considered.

APPLICATION: Interested students should contact one of the following:


Peter Brown: peter.g.brown@mcgill.ca

Nicolas Kosoy: nicolas.kosoy@mcgill.ca

Applicants must apply to the Department of Natural Resource Sciences by February 15.


Jon Erickson: Jon.Erickson@uvm.edu

Joshua Farley: Joshua.Farley@uvm.edu

Taylor Ricketts: Taylor.Ricketts@uv

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Constructing private governance: new book from Graeme Auld on forest, coffee and fish certification programs

This looks like a really interesting new book from Yale by Graeme Auld at Carleton University.

Here is the description:

9780300190533“Recent decades have witnessed the rise of social and environmental certification programs that are intended to promote responsible business practices. Consumers now encounter organic or fair-trade labels on a variety of products, implying such desirable benefits as improved environmental conditions or more equitable market transactions. But what do we know about the origins and development of the organizations behind these labels? This book examines forest, coffee, and fishery certification programs to reveal how the early decisions of programs on governance and standards affect the path along which individual programs evolve and the variety and number of programs across sectors.”

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