Territory, the continental shelf, and ice – my comments to the ArcticNet conference in Halifax

Stuart’s recent presentation on the political geography of the Continental shelf. Note especially his important (and productive) claim about politics and the technical, as he explains here:

“One of the previous presenters had made the claim that there was nothing political about some of the techniques. While I made the comment that we could say that there is always a politics to the technical, I was most interested in turning his claim around, rather than disagreeing with it: suggesting that the political is always technical.”

Progressive Geographies

On Thursday I gave my last talk of 2013, a brief contribution to a plenary session at the ArcticNet conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was a session on the law of the sea and the commission on the limits of the continental shelf, and I was asked to give a political geography/theory perspective. All of us were asked to speak for 10 minutes. I was partly in a discussant role, but had little idea of what the other papers would say, largely as we were all responding to Canada’s submission to the UN Convention on the seabed earlier that week (executive summary here). In the media this has tended to be reported as Canada claiming the North Pole, and so on, but what’s striking about the actual submission is that it only treats the Atlantic, and reserves for the future a submission on the north of…

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