Philip Conway

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Professor Richard Beardsworth, Professor Mark Whitehead, Professor Iwan Morus


Title: The Historical Ontology of Environment: From the Unity of Nature to the Birth of Geopolitics

My thesis examines the conceptual emergence of ‘environment’ and its cognates up to the start of the twentieth century. It seeks to understand these transformations and popularisations in relation to contemporary problems and debates. It therefore concerns both the geopolitics of global warming and the cosmopolitics of competing ways of making worlds. Its core conviction is that creative thinking regarding the future can only be achieved with a more rigorous understanding of the past.

General Research Interests

Conceptual history, geopolitics, environment, climate, empirical philosophy

Publications and Conference Papers

Journal articles:

“Back down to Earth: reassembling Latour’s Anthropocenic geopolitics.” Global Discourse 6, no. 1-2 (2016): 43-71.

“Dismay, Dissembly and Geocide: Ways Through the Maze of Trumpist Geopolitics.” Law and Critique 28, no. 2 (2017): 111-118.

Other articles:

“Post-truth, complicity and international politics.” E-International Relations (2017).

Book chapters:

“Earth, Atmosphere and Anomie in Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running.” In Reset Modernity!, ed. Bruno Latour and Christophe Leclercq, 233–48 (2016). MIT Press.

“Space is no one thing: luring thought through film and philosophy.” In The Question of Space: Interrogating the Spatial Turn between Disciplines, ed. Marijn Nieuwenhuis and David Crouch, 151–166 (2017). Rowman & Littlefield.

Book reviews:

“Genealogies of Environmentalism: The Lost Works of Clarence Glacken.” Local Environment (forthcoming).

Funding Awards

E H Carr Studenship, Aberystwyth

Teaching Experience

Aberystwyth University

IP10820, Approaching the Political (2015-2016)
IP12820, The Making of the Modern World: International History since 1789 (2016-2017; 2017-2018)
IP12520 Exploring the International 2 (2017-2018)
IP22220 Political Theory (2017-2018)

Links of Interest

Circling Squares blog