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Ross Exo Adams
Ross Exo Adams is Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Architecture at Bard College. He is the author of Circulation and Urbanization (Sage, 2019) and he has written widely on the intersections of architecture and urbanism with geographies and histories of power. His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Royal Institute of British Architects, The London Consortium, Iowa State University, and The MacDowell Colony.
Stitching together two of Galli’s works, this book provides a powerful conceptual and historical framework for grasping the dialectical relations that have persisted in European modernity between political thought and the spaces of modern power. Spanning from empire to modern state form to the birth of the subject to the distinction inherited distinction between land and sea, Galli shows how the history of the state is built on striations of universal freedoms and violent enclosures, the smoothness of limitless circulation and the brutal political geometries of endless war.
Like many concepts central to contemporary debates and scholarship, and crucial to navigating today’s political struggles, territory, as a concept, remains relatively ambiguous, underexamined and far too often misunderstood. The Birth of Territory provides a concept-historical basis on which we might come to know this concept as less the space of the state than its primary political technology. Tracing the birth of this notion in Europe, the book offers an intellectual map into the formation of a category so essential to the political and geographical histories of the western world, while importantly opening ways in which to reimagine new formations of territory emerging beyond and below the space of the state.
His most rigorous and conceptually thorough investigation yet, Brenner’s latest book builds questions of urban theory around an exploration into the scalar production of space that illuminates the interrelations of both capitalism and the state in contemporary geographies of urbanization. Refreshingly, the book works through criticism that Brenner’s earlier work on planetary urbanization drew, while productively building on this to push this theoretical framework further.