Towards an evental geography

Shaw, I.G.R. (2012) Towards an evental geography. Progress in Human Geography, 36(5), pp. 613-627. (doi:10.1177/0309132511435002)

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Abstract

This paper puts forward a new way of thinking about objects, worlds, and events. The philosophical contribution of the paper pivots around the idea that objects are force-full: smoldering furnaces of affects that are capable of creating, policing, and destroying the very contours of existence. The paper begins with a problem, which is how to account for objects, worlds, and events outside of human consciousness or ‘in-themselves’. It answers by constructing an ‘evental geography’ from the ontologies of Martin Heidegger, Alain Badiou, and Graham Harman. A ‘geo-event’ names the transformation of a world – from galaxies to nation states to ecosystems – by ‘inexistent’ objects and the forces they unleash. The paper is situated at the busy crossroads of (object-oriented) philosophy, non-representational theory, and actor-network theory.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Shaw, Dr Ian
Authors: Shaw, I.G.R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences > Geography
Journal Name:Progress in Human Geography
ISSN:0309-1325
ISSN (Online):1477-0288
Published Online:06 March 2012

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