Power, Territory and Borders

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How the lines on the map determine our world

An evening of presentations and discussions exploring the way that the world has been divided up into territories, with often arbitrary borders drawn on the global map. These lines and demarcations continue to be at the root of nationhood and identity, power and conflict. With Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Theory and Geography, University of Warwick and Tim Marshall, former Diplomatic Editor and foreign correspondent for Sky News, and author of the bestselling Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics. Chaired by BBC World News Today presenter Philippa Thomas.

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Stuart Elden is a specialist in the intersection of politics, philosophy and geography, especially the history, concept and practice of territory. He is Professor of Political Theory and Geography at the University of Warwick, and Monash Warwick Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University. His books The Birth of Territory (2013) and Terror and Territory: The Spatial Extent of Sovereignty (2009) received several awards. His most recent work includes major studies of philosopher and theorist Michel Foucault, (Foucault's Last Decade, [2016], Foulcault: The Birth of Power [2017]) and Henri Lefebvre.

Tim Marshall was the longstanding Foreign Affairs Editor and then Diplomatic Editor for Sky News, reporting from thirty countries and twelve wars. He reported from the first Gulf War; from the field in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia during the Balkan wars of the 1990s and spent the majority of the 1999 Kosovo crisis in Belgrade. He was at the front line during the invasion of Afghanistan, spent time in Iraq covering the country's transition to democracy, and reported from Libya, Egypt, Syria and Tunisia during the ‘Arab Spring’. Tim is the founder and editor of www.thewhatandthewhy.com and a bestselling author. His book Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics (2015) has been widely translated and was recently followed by Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags.

Philippa Thomas has been the main presenter of World News Today on BBC Four since 2013. She is also an occasional presenter of The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and Newshour on the BBC World Service. She previously reported extensively from the UK, US, South America, Africa, and continental Europe and was BBC special correspondent in the Washington from 2007 to 2010. From 1990 to 1997 she reported on the UK political scene, including extensive coverage of the Northern Ireland peace process.


Name: Power, Territory and Borders
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full price: £12.00
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