Political Worlds

Violence, Sovereignty, Knowledge

Closeup of protesters at Ginowan protests by Nathan Keirn/Wikimedia CC2.0

Photo by Ian Klinke.

This research cluster asks how politics and power are constituted in and across space in order to develop new understandings of the relationship between violence, geopolitics and geographical knowledges.

The cluster offers theoretically informed research that tackles these questions on a range of scales, from the body to the globe and from the household to the nation-state. In doing so, we draw on ethnographic fieldwork, visual methods, interviews and archival research in a range of different locations and routes.

Our work converges around three sets of questions. The first of these grapples with (non)violence. How does (non)violence emerge in, over and through space? How can we make sense of the changing relationship between citizenship, territory and displacement in a technocapitalist, colonial, gendered and militarist present? A second set of questions concerns geopolitics: How do statecraft and diplomacy unfold in particular places and under different political economy regimes? How is territorial sovereignty enacted and resisted? How do political worlds come to matter through bodily performance, language, technology and the built environment? The third set of questions concern geographical knowledges: What counts as geographical knowledge and who gets to speak for geography? What is the politics of studying particular world regions? And how are politically charged knowledge claims made in a digital world?

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Athena SWAN Bronze Award
HR Excellence in Research