Do let me know if any of these links don’t work or there are problems with the pdfs. I recommend using this page in conjunction with the GUIDE which provides signposts to some of the key extended posts on the blog.
Since The Colonial Present, my writings on later modern war – in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and elsewhere – have been widely scattered, and not always readily accessible. I’m bringing many of them together in my next two books, for which they will all be extensively revised and updated; I’ll post some notes on the updates and explain how they fit into the books in due course. But in the meantime here are some of the original versions — please note that in most cases these are the manuscript versions; the published versions are usually shorter (!) — more to come:
GREGORY War and Peace ‘War and peace’, Transaction, Institute of British Geographers 35 (2010) 154-186.
GREGORY The Biopolitics of Baghdad FULL copy ‘The biopolitics of Baghdad: counterinsurgency and the counter-city’ [original in Human Geography 1 (2008) 6-27]
Here is a different version prepared for a conference in 2011 on What is new about neo-liberal urbanism? Middle Eastern Cities in comparative perspective:
GREGORY baghdad-burning-neo-liberalism-and-the-counter-city (2011)
GREGORY Rush to the intimate FULL ‘The rush to the intimate: counterinsurgency and the cultural turn in late modern war’ [original in Radical Philosophy 150 (2008) 8-23]
GREGOR Seeing Red Baghdad and the event-ful city ‘Seeing Red: Baghdad and the event-ful city’ [original in Political Geography 29 (2010) 266-79]
GREGORY From a View to a Kill TCS ‘From a view to a kill: drones and late modern war’ [original in Theory, culture and society 28 (2011) 188-215]
The published version of ‘The everywhere war‘ has been re-published in a collated ‘virtual issue’ and is open access (for a limited period) here.
I brought some of these arguments together in a preliminary way for a conference on “Orientalism and War”, held at the University of Oxford in 2010; here is both the (longer) conference version, ‘Dis/Ordering the Orient: scopic regimes and modern war‘, and the version that will appear in Orientalism and War, edited by Tarak Barkawi and Keith Stanski (London: Hurst; Ithaca; Cornell University Press, 2012):
GREGORY DisOrdering the Orient CONFERENCE VERSION
GREGORY DisOrdering the Orient BOOK VERSION
I’ve also written several essays on the global war prison, especially Guantanamo, and will revise this for the book – to include a full(er) discussion of Bagram and other sites:
GREGORY The Black Flag Guantanamo and the space of exception ‘The Black Flag: Guantánamo and the space of exception’, Geografiska Annaler 88 B (2006) 405-27
GREGORY Vanishing points FINAL ‘Vanishing points: law, violence and exception in the global war prison’ [ch. 11 of Derek Gregory and Allan Pred (eds) Violent geographies: fear, terror and political violence (New York: Routledge, 2007) pp. 205-236
GREGORY Vanishing points ILLUSTRATED Illustrated manuscript version
Here is an essay on the idea of the ‘Middle East‘, which was published in a book of essays/catalogue to accompany an exhibition, Safar/Voyage: Contemporary works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish artists, at the wonderful Museum of Anthropology at UBC , April-September 2013:
That essay ends with the Arab uprisings, and I’ve provided a discussion of the role of Tahrir Square in Cairo, which was published in Middle East Critique 22 (3) (2013) 235-46 here:
GREGORY Tahrir Politics, publics and performances of space copy
That essay works with Judith Butler’s recent work on ‘Bodies in alliance’ but it also deals with questions of performance, which I explored in an early essay on’Performing Cairo’ in the nineteenth century that was published in Nezar AlSayyad, Irene A. Bierman, and Nasser Rabat (eds) Making Cairo medieval (Lanham MD: Lexington, 2005) pp 69-93:
My interest in the histories and geographies of bombing started here:
GREGORY ‘In another time zone’_illustrated [the published version, ‘”In another time-zone the bombs fall unsafely”: targets, civilians and late modern war’, appeared in Arab World Geographer 9 (2) (2006) 88-111 [published in 2007]]
GREGORY Death of the civilian [published in Environment & Planning D: Society & Space 24 (2006) 633-38]
This resulted in my research project, Killing space, and here are two essays that explain some of its parameters (the original SSHRC grant application is here: KILLING SPACE):
GREGORY Doors into nowhere PUBLISHED VERSION 2011 copy ‘“Doors into nowhere”: Dead cities and the natural history of destruction’, in Peter Meusburger, Michael Heffernan, Edgar Wunder (eds.), Cultural memories (Heidelberg: Springer, 2011) pp. 249-81.
GREGORY Lines of descent openDEMOCRACY version ‘Lines of descent’, in Peter Adey, Mark Whitehead and Alison Williams (eds) From above: the politics and practice of the view from the skies (London: Hurst; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) pp. 41-69; 310-318.
Here is the updated version of a general essay on drones, ‘Moving targets and violent geographies’, which has appeared in a volume of essays dedicated to the memory of Allan Pred [Heather Merrill and Lisa Hoffman, eds, Spaces of Danger: culture and power in the everyday (University of Georgia Press, 2015)]; a still longer version will appear in The everywhere war:
DEREK GREGORY Moving targets and violent geographies FINAL
An extract from this appeared as ‘Drone geographies’ in Radical Philosophy 183 (2014) 7-19:
Much more recently I was asked to think about drones ‘through post-atomic eyes’, and here are the slides from that presentation. This is still very preliminary, but my posts on Little boys and blue skies and Drones and atomic clouds should help you make sense of it all:
GREGORY Little Boys and Blue Skies SHORT
And here is an extended version:
GREGORY Little Boys and Blue Skies PDF
And here, finally, is the long-form version (written for Claudette Lauzon and John O’Brian (eds) Through Post-Atomic Eyes, forthcoming from McGill-Queen’s University Press):
GREGORY Little Boys and Blue Skies ESSAY
Here is the (long) version of my essay on drone strikes and aerial violence in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (see my various posts on ‘Dirty Dancing’ for some relevant images):
GREGORY Dirty Dancing ESSAY FINAL LONG June 2016
The version of that essay that appears in Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan (eds) Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (Duke University Press, 2017) is shorter, and in particular I excised and reworked the penultimate section as ‘The territory of the screen’ for Mediatropes 6 (2) (2016) (published February 2017):
GREGORY The territory of the screen
And here is a short essay for Critical Studies on Security (2018) that extends ‘The territory of the screen’ to say much more about the bodies on the other side of those screens:
Here is an extract from my performance work-in-progress, which stages two cross-cutting monologues between a veteran from RAF Bomber Command who flew missions over France and Germany in the Second World War and a pilot at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada operating a Predator over Afghanistan. As the title implies, it dramatises many of the themes I discuss in more analytical terms in my Tanner Lectures, ‘Reach from the Sky‘.
GREGORY Reach from the sky PERFORMANCE FINAL
My work on bombing intersects with a wider interest in ‘war at a distance’; I’ve started to explore this in my presentations under the general title “Deadly Embrace”, and here is a revised (but still highly compressed) version of part of the argument as delivered to the IGC in Cologne in August 2012:
GREGORY Deadly Embrace IGC Keynote 2012.
‘War at a distance’ raises crucial questions of logistics; here is my essay on the Afghanistan case which appeared on Open Democrac (11 June 2012):
GREGORY Supplying war in Afghanistan The frictions of distance
Here are the slides for the first (and still preliminary) version of Gabriel’s map: cartography and corpography in modern war
And here is the essay version of Gabriel’s map: cartography and corpography in modern war:
GREGORY Gabriel’s map FINAL CHAPTER
Proof version [in Peter Meusburger, Derek Gregory and Laura Suarsana (eds), Geographies of knowledge and power (Springer, 2015) pp 89-121]:
GREGORY Gabriel’s Map PUBLISHED
Closely related to ‘Gabriel’s map’ is ‘The Natures of War’, the first Neil Smith Lecture. The slides are here:
GREGORY The natures of war LONG
And the written version (which is very different) is here:
GREGORY The natures of war FINAL May 2015
It’s online in Antipode, though that version reverts to the Harvard system; I hope this version is more readable.
Acting as one bridge (among many) between those writings and my new project on casualty evacuation from war zones is a developing interest in corpography; here is a short essay, developed from a series of blog posts, for Léopold Lambert’s “Funambulist Papers“:
And here is my (preliminary) proposal for that research project Medical-military machines and casualties of war 1914-2014:
GREGORY Medical-military machines PUBLIC
As an increasingly vital part of that project, here is my presentation on ‘Object lessons’, based on a reading of Harry Parker’s Anatomy of a soldier (delivered at the Annual Meeting of the AAG in San Francisco, March 2016):
The accompanying, I hope explanatory post is here.
Finally – and largely outside the scope of any of these – here is the introductory essay I co-wrote with Noel Castree for Human geography (Sage, 2012):
GREGORY and CASTREE Human Geography introduction
And an early rant about academic writing, which needs to be read in concert with this later post on ‘How we write‘.
Please let me know if any of these links don’t work; and I’d welcome any comments or suggestions (especially as I’ll be revising and updating several of these essays for two new books: please e-mail me.) The titles of the books keep changing, but right now they are Bodies and war, which provides a series of insights into the relations between bodies and military violence over the last hundred years, and Reach from the sky: aerial violence and the everywhere war, which focuses on the geographies and genealogies of bombing.
Dear Professor Gregory
Hi there. This is a long shot: I have used the accompanying quotation in my writing. I believe I got it from your blogsite/writings geographicalimaginations. Problem is I am unsure (because I did not make note of the precise date/publication) exactly where the quote came from:
‘a politics of location, positioning, and situating; of partiality not universality- visualising practices through which sovereign violence is actualised.’
It is such a fine sentence (and not something I could conjure up myself) and would love to include it with full and appropriate accreditation/attribution.
So, can you fill me in with any details please?
Best wishes and thank you for your wonderful work
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the whole & its parts, so well addressed by Gregory & his selected commentaries from other scholars / critical observers, challenges us all to consider, in both quantitative & qualitative terms, the range of scales: spatial / strategic / intensity involved, perhaps including a center-periphery approach to assess potential for spatial spread & rapidity of that spread. This would also focus on cultural geographies, as the region still operates as segmented social systems & microgeographies count in relation to affinity networks. A Blackbox labeled Alevi, for example, generalizes complexity. Most of us with hands-on experience & historical expertise realize such complexities & are often baffled by the ignorance of policy makers in quasi-hegemonic states laden with academic experts. But in short, global resistance to the war machine requires more precise knowledge at each scale surrounding a particular conflict locus — an online invitational discussion group focused on specific conflict locii & experts on that, would be welcome & informative for a larger circle of interest.
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