Research

My principal research project to date has been my doctoral thesis. I am currently reworking this into a book, provisionally titled Relation & Partiality: Episodes in Historical and Political Geo-ontology.

Taken as a whole, my research can be taken as consisting of three areas:

Ontology
Re-worlding historiography and philosophy
Ontologies—accounts of being; of what things fundamentally consist of—make possible ways of living. They form ‘worlds.’ While some limit ontology to conditions of interpersonal experience, I argue that ontologies may be understood as the ways in which each collective ‘receives as real’ the things that make it what it is.
Geopower
Reconstructing modes of spatial relation
The concept of ‘geopower’ refers, variably, to the forces of the earth that make politics (and all human affairs) possible, and to the regimes of governance that seek to manage these forces. I argue that we cannot understand geopower without first disaggregating the ‘geo’ into its different dimensions: starting with the concepts of milieu, climate, and environment.
Critique
Judgement, affirmation, and diplomacy
The concept of critique—from kritikόs, meaning to discern, divide, or judge—has recently been subject to much criticism. I argue that the problem of critique presupposes that of judgement—and, more precisely, of ‘being judgemental.’ Besides the ‘judge,’ the ‘diplomat’ also offers ways of thinking through onto-political crises.