Experimental Geographies

"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)


I’ve published in a number of different journals and I’m currently putting together a couple of book manuscripts. I’m also trying to find other creative avenues for writing. Some of my recent publications include:


Metropolitan Preoccupations: The Spatial Politics of Squatting in Berlin (manuscript under contract with the RGS-IBG Book Series – Wiley/Blackwell)

Edited Books:

(ed. with Elizabeth Gagen and Hayden Lorimer), Practicing the Archive: Reflections on Method and Practice in Historical Geography (London: Royal Geographical Society, 2007).


“Writing the Asphalt Jungle: Berlin and the Performance of Classical German Modernity, 1900–1933.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 21, 2 (2003), pp. 169-184

“Experimental Urbanisms: Psychotechnik in Weimar Berlin, 1919-1933.”Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 24, 6 (2006), pp. 799-826

“Symptomatic Acts, Experimental Embodiments: Theatres of Scientific Protest in Interwar Germany.” Environment and Planning A 39, 8 (2007), pp. 1812-1837

“Geographies of the Experiment.” Guest Editorial (with Richard Powell) in Environment and Planning A 39, 8 (2007), pp. 1790-1793

“Spectacle, State, Modernity: a Review of Afflicted Powers.” Geopolitics 12, 1 (2007), pp. 206-222 (with Alex Jeffrey, Colin McFarlane)

“The ‘Photographer of Modern Life’: Jeff Wall’s Photographic Materialism.” Cultural Geographies 14, 4 (2007), pp. 563-588

“A Negative Dialectics of the Arts: Review Essay.” Oxford Art Journal 31, 2 (2008), pp. 300-304

Special Dossier (co-edited with Alex Jeffrey and Colin McFarlane) on Afflicted Powers by Retort. Contributions by David Campbell (Durham University), Cindi Katz (CUNY), W.J.T. Mitchell (University of Chicago), Gerard Toal (Virginia Tech). Public Culture 20, 3 (2008), pp. 531-593; “Introduction: Debating Capital, Spectacle, and Modernity” (with Alex Jeffrey and Colin McFarlane), pp. 531-538

AAG special panel discussion (co-edited with Alex Jeffrey and Colin McFarlane) of James Ferguson’s Global Shadows. Contributions by James McCarthy (PSU), Donald Moore (University of California, Berkeley), and Wendy Wolford (University of North Carolina). Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 29, 3 (2008), pp. 251-273; “Introduction” (with Alex Jeffrey and Colin McFarlane), pp. 251-253

“Spaces of Enclosure” (with Alex Jeffrey and Colin McFarlane). Geoforum 39 (2008), pp. 1641-1646

“Photography and Mindedness: Review Essay.” Oxford Art Journal  33,2 (2010), pp. 252-257.

“Dramaturgies of Dissent: The Spatial Politics of Squatting in Berlin, 1968 – “Social and Cultural Geography 12, 3 (2011), pp. 283-303.

“Re-thinking Enclosure: Space, Subjectivity, and the Commons” (with Alex Jeffrey and Colin McFarlane) Antipode 44, 4 (2012), pp. 1247-1267.

“The Autonomous City.” Progress in Human Geography (in press).

“The Makeshift City.” Progress in Human Geography (in press).

Book Chapters:

“Testing Times: Experimental Counter-conduct in Interwar Germany.” Forthcoming in P. Meusburger, D. Livingstone and H. Jöns (eds) Geographies of Science/Knowledge and Space: Klaus Tschira Symposia: Vol. 3. (Springer: Dordrecht , 2010), pp. 199-216.

“Geographies of the Nomos” (with Stephen Legg), in S. Legg (ed) Spatiality, Sovereignty, and Carl Schmitt: Geographies of the Nomos (Routledge: London, 2011), pp. 1-23.

“Informal Infrastructures” (with Colin McFarlane), in P. Adey et al. (eds) Handbook of Mobilities (Routledge: London) (In Press).

“Towards a Genealogy of the Urban Commons: Rethinking the Everyday Geographies of Squatting,” in Karin Bradley & Johan Hedrén (eds) Green Utopianisms: Practices and Perspectives ( Routledge: London) (In Press).

“Autonomous Urbanisms and the Right to the City: The Spatial Politics of Squatting in Berlin, 1968 –”,  in Ask Katzeff et al. (eds) Squatting and Autonomous Action in Europe, 1980 – present. (Forthcoming).

Newspaper and Magazine Articles/Other Media:

“Proyecto Períodico: Manifesta.” La Verdad, November 21, 2010 [commissioned piece which appeared as part of Manifesta 8: European Biennial of Contemporary Art. A major remit of the project was to engage with some facet of the local environment. A speculative essay on place and memory with a particular focus on local Jewish history was submitted as part of the project and appeared in the major Spanish daily La Verdad].

“Criminalising squatting would threaten our rights.” The Guardian, June 22, 2011.

“The neo-liberal city: Struggles in space.” Radio show with Aaron Peters on Resonance FM on July 26, 2011.

“Legal activism: The spatial politics of squatting in the UK” [with SQUASH] in Shift Magazine, October 2011.

“The sinister logic behind criminalising squatting.” The Guardian, November 3, 2011.

“Reclaiming life in the precarious city.” Cities in Conflict series on Open Democracy, June 3, 2013.

“Schwarzwohnen: The spatial politics of squatting in East Berlin.” Cities in Conflict series on Open Democracy, October 21, 2013

Other Writings/Catalogue essays:

“The Power of Failure.” Brief Catalogue essay accompanying Short Fall, an exhibition at the Hand and Heart Gallery, Nottingham (curated by Jeffrey Baker).

“’The Art of Active Scepticism: Photographic Artifice in the Work of Joan Fontcuberta.” Catalogue essasy accompanying Datascapes, an exhibition at the Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham (curated by Neil Walker).

“Surface Geographies: Between Landscape and Photography.” Brief essay for surface a publication by Aaron Juneau, Harriet Mitchell, and Jonathan Watts.

Work in Progress:

“Landscape Artifice: The Photography of Beate Gütschow.” (Finished chapter for book)

“Photography and Objecthood: Review Essay.” (In preparation for Oxford Art Journal)

2 comments on “Writings

  1. Tim Stephens
    July 16, 2010

    Hi Alex,
    I met you at an RGS conference in 2009… Hope you’re well.
    Just to let you know that I would still be very happy to read some of your work on photography/philosophy themes, your Enclosure’s piece sounds interesting. And I’ve discovered your blog so may be able to keep up…! I’m now an editor of the new Journal, don’t know if you’ve seen a copy yet but the first edition is free online at: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=1799/
    Be good to hear any feedback.
    Trust you’re well.
    All best,

  2. alexanpv
    July 23, 2010

    Hi Tim,

    really good to hear from you. I’m working on a review piece on photography and objectivity which I’ll send your way. The journal looks great!

    All the best,


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