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25 FEB 2022 (FRI) 19:00-20:30 *RESCHEDULED

Updated: May 19, 2022

Geography Distinguished Seminar Series

Date: 25 February 2022 (Friday)

Time: 19:00 – 20:30 (HKT)

Venue: via Zoom

Zoom link: link will be provided upon successful registration


Title of the talk:

On Subterranean Geopolitics: Relational space, value, and the tunnels of Gibraltar

This paper explores the concept of 'value' as a bridge between economic geography and geopolitics, looking to stratification and de-stratification of assemblages as processes of value-making in both the economic and political sphere. This argument proceeds through an in-depth historical analysis of the tunnel system within the Rock of Gibraltar, a literal case of de-stratification, which has oscillated between having military value of the highest order and being left mostly derelict by the Ministry of Defence of the UK. In recent decades, its value has shifted to an economic register, but the materiality of the tunnels -- and their original military purpose -- haunts their contemporary valuation.


Professor Jason Dittmer

Professor, Political Geography and Head of the Department of Geography, University College London

Jason Dittmer is Professor of Political Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at University College London. His recent books include Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity(2019) and Diplomatic Material: Affect, assemblage, and foreign policy (2017). His research explores, materiality, assemblages, and geopolitics.



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