Rock, water, air, and fire: Foregrounding the elements in the Gibraltar-Spain dispute

My first journal article is now online…

IMG_0362Just before Christmas I got a tweet from Society and Space to let me know that my first paper was available to read online (the abstract is posted below and the link to the online paper is here). It’s the culmination of my Masters research on the role of materials, elements, and volumes in the dispute between Spain, Britain, and Gibraltar over Gibraltarian territory in 2014 and suggests that the molecular and elemental are worthy of a more prominent position within geopolitics.

Gibraltar proved to be a really rich site to explore questions pertaining to the non-human and the molecular agency of elements like rock, water, air, and fire (in the form of the sun) in the ongoing tensions. It also proved to be a useful case study through which to reflect theoretically on work by Peter Adey and Derek McCormack in relation to bodies and elements/volumes and on the volumetric…

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