Jason Dittmer - The UK in the World / The World in the UK: Affect, Everyday Diplomacy and the National Interest

21 Feb 2017

The UK in the World / The World in the UK: Affect, Everyday Diplomacy and the National Interest

Tuesday 21st February 2017, 6:00 - 7:15pm
Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Geography

This lecture will offer an account of British foreign policy that starts not with elite decisions made in Whitehall, but with the already-existing material connections between various countries’ foreign policy apparatuses. By foregrounding these everyday diplomacies across a range of fields — diplomacy, intelligence, military — it becomes possible to see foreign policy as not just a way for Britain to act in the world, but for the world to act on Britain.

Jason Dittmer is a professor of Political Geography at University College London, specialising in critical approaches to diplomacy, critical and materialist geopolitics, and geographies of media, especially comic books. He is the author of Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero (Temple University Press, 2013) and Popular Culture, Geopolitcs and Identity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010). He is also the editor of a number of key academic texts including Geopolitics: An Introductory Reader (Routledge, 2014) and has written numerous journal articles for journals including Political Geography, Geography Compass, and Progress in Human Geography.