Passengerfilms – the car-crash shipwreck of geography and film – presents ‘Sea Stories and See Stories’ on Tuesday the 18th of June.

Filmmakers leverage the ocean as a venue for seeing the worlds in which we live, from those of our inner psyches to the circulatory rhythms of global political economy. But in the process is the ocean as a space of matter and affect truly explored…or is its erasure merely taken to a new level? Indeed, is it truly possible to tell a narrative about the ocean, or is a ‘sea story’ necessarily about seeing something else?

We’ll be grappling with these questions through screenings of two films:

The Forgotten Space (2010, 112 min) by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, winner of the Special Orizzonti Jury Award (best feature-length film) at the 2010 Venice Biennale. An extension of Sekula’s 1996 photo-essay Fish Story, The Forgotten Space uncovers the hidden…

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Governmobility: The Powers of Mobility (2012)

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Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt, Governmobility: The Powers of Mobility, Mobilities, 2012

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Mobility is often associated with flow and freedom; nonetheless, it is also about power and government. While mobility studies have shown how interpersonal social relations are increasingly supported by mobile technologies, it seems less clear how mobilities are involved in governing societies. Inspired by Michel Foucault’s concept of governmentality and his 1978 lectures on security, territory and population, this article suggests that societies are increasingly governed through mobility, rather than there being government of mobility. If circulation has become a producer of, rather than an obstacle to, societies, then governmobility is a meaningful concept relating to how societies are ruled through connections. In conclusion, the article asks: what are the implications of governmobility for border studies, and more broadly, what are the powers of mobility studies?

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New Paper: ‘Shipping Container Mobilities, Seamless Compatibility, and the Global Surface of Logistical Integration’

Design Geographies

New Paper: ‘Shipping Container Mobilities, Seamless Compatibility, and the Global Surface of Logistical Integration’

I have a paper in the new issue of Environment and Planning A. It’s part of the ‘What are Surfaces?’ special issue edited by Isla Forsyth, Hayden Lorimer, Pete Merriman and James Robinson. You can download their introduction here: http://www.envplan.com/abstract.cgi?id=a4699

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